Art All-State Massachusetts

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 virus, Art All-State will be postponed until the fall. Please email with any questions.


Hello Art Teachers!

The application portal is now live for Art All-State 2020: Tape Art Edition!

All the links:

1. Intent to Nominate Form: Click Here (Due January 1st)
2. Student Application Portal via Slideroom: Click Here  (Due January 31st)
3. Volunteer Form: Click Here
4. Apply to be an Artist-Teacher: Click Here (Due January 31st)
5. Watch the NAEA WebCast featuring AAS Tape Art Edition: Click Here

To nominate students, please click the link above. The nomination form helps us plan and be in touch with you throughout the process, it also offers teachers an opportunity to volunteer to help. Please do share this email with any teachers that might be interested.

Please click here for the PDF for information on how to help students submit the application (please remember the self-portrait does not need to resemble their physical likeness, it can be symbolic) –  Gather the necessary information and materials then direct students to use this link to submit the application (link above) *Please be sure to have all of the information ready before accessing the application!  To view the entire list of prompts, click on the link above, then click on “preview full application”. Students must click “submit” when they are done in order for us to see their applications.

Here’s what you need to know (please read carefully):

  • The experiences are one-day, we have multiple options, individual students will attend one day/ one experience
  • The date options are: Friday May 8th at the Peabody Essex Museum and Saturday May 16thFriday May 22nd and Saturday May 30th at the Worcester Art Museum. We will assign and confirm dates with students based on their availability.
  • We have a limited amount of space, each date / session can only accommodate 40 students. The total amount of students we can accommodate is 160 students. AAS typically accepts 144, and has over 200 applicants. Please complete the application materials by January 31st
  • The Tape Art Edition had rave reviews last year, the experience itself will be AAS inspired. Students will work collaboratively in groups of 8-10 and have an artist-teacher that will help facilitate the collaborative experiences. The day will begin with students engaging with artworks and then using the big ideas inspired by the museum collections/ art engagement to conceptualize and plan their collaborative, tape art installations– to be installed in actual museums! The materials for this will be tape art (not familiar? check out and can have sculptural elements. No prior drawing experience required, its a perfect medium for anyone! The tape art crew has been working with AAS for over 26 years and has many many years of working with students in school and museum settings- its going to be fun!!
  • We will not be interviewing students so we are looking to YOU as their art teachers to really carefully select two students (in their junior year) from each school to participate. We are looking for students who are enthusiastic, eager to collaborate and who will fully participate in the day-long experience with an open heart and mind. Please take care in careful selection.
  • Please click here for the PDF for detailed information regarding the student application. The self-portrait can be any conceptualization, it does not need to resemble the students physical likeness, it can represent the student in some way, and it can be conceptual as long as they can explain the intent or meaning of the work. We will be asking for a short description of the work.
  • The per student cost will be $150 and will include all they need (including lunch, snacks and materials).
  •  Accepted students will be notified no later than March 15th (if not sooner). Students will be able to return the consent forms either digitally ahead of time or via paper print-outs the morning of the events. Payment must be submitted ahead of time. As of right now, we can only accept CHECKS or MONEY ORDERS as payment. We are hoping to add Venmo as an option for credit cards, and will be in touch if that becomes a reality.  We also realize that for schools that are paying for the students to attend, this may be a tight timeline — we can work with individual schools on an as-needed basis, if you need an invoice please let us know ASAP and include the student names, dates/ locations attending and the full address and contact information of the school. A W9 is also attached as AAS is now independent of a fiscal agent and is a recognized LLC.
  • Please note that we have an incredibly tight budget, with that said, we are committed to helping students who may be experiencing financial hardship. We will have a limited number of partial scholarships available, if you can help us with funding a student it is much appreciated. We will be in touch with scholarship information once the acceptances have gone out.
Sound like fun!?! Want to get more involved?? 
Volunteer CLICK HERE or…
Become an AAS Artist-Teacher for the 2020 Tape Art Edition! (CLICK HERE)
We are looking for willing artist-teachers (that’s you!!) to apply to be an AAS artist-teacher!  It would involve a two-hour online training (via zoom), and you would work with the small groups of students to facilitate the experience. The training will include tape art methods, tips for facilitating collaborative art making, art engagement techniques and program details / schedules. You would pre-select the work you want to engage the students with ahead of time and work with small groups of students the day-of. We would provide lots of resources, continual mentoring and *** a brand new, hot off the press copy of Collaborative Tape Art: The Piktotape Method just released by Davis Publications! This is an amazing opportunity for professional development that’s fun, and provides lots of resources for you if you want to do something similar with your classes, school or community!
Want to see more!?!? We had an awesome NAEA Webcast last month, where AAS Tape Art Edition was featured. To view the free recording CLICK HERE.
Questions!?! Email us anytime! **Please note our new email address: [email protected]com

If you are interested in being involved in the conceptual development of the program, or would like to help in any way please contact the Art All-State Steering Committee Chair, Sheldon Vigeant and the Art All-State Program Director, Kristi Oliver at 

Follow the Art All-State Facebook page for the most up-to-date information and for more photos from past Art All-State events. 

Art All-State History

In the early 1980’s MAEA board members along with the Massachusetts Art Directors, the Massachusetts Alliance for the Arts in Education, the Central Massachusetts Art Educators, and representatives from the Boston Globe were looking for opportunities to support young artists. Together the groups supported an idea that came from MAEA members Sheila Tetler and Nora Hall for the creation of a program that would act as the equivalent of the All-State program that music students were already experiencing. Sheila and Nora approached Honee Hess at the Worcester Art Museum to house the program and assist in a procuring a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The team was successful, and at that time Sheila moved from being the MAEA Secondary Representative to being the first Art All-State Coordinator; the first Art All-State took place in 1987.

Shortly thereafter a statewide steering committee made up of MAEA members from across the state was formed to assist in the conceptual develop.m.ent of the program. The group assisted in the many aspects of the program, with subcommittees specifically tasked with program evaluation, student selection, artist selection, artist training, parent program coordination, etc. From the group, a chairperson was appointed to liaise between AAS and MAEA tapping into the resources offered by both groups and solidifying the strong partnership between them. MAEA, realizing the importance of the program for both students and teachers, has supported the program since the original conception. The goals of the program remain consistent with the original intent laid out in the 80’s with a focus on high school juniors who are poised to make important decisions about their future. The program aims to have a positive impact upon students through both the final event and the selection process, therefore, even if students were not selected for Art All-State they would have learned from the experience. The interview process is an integral piece in the realization of this goal. Each student is interviewed by a panel of three art teachers who will have reviewed the application materials and ask probing questions based on the student’s work. In this way, students who are in need of support and encouragement are provided opportunities for acceptance (versus only the most talented students receiving praise) to level the playing field between the disparities in school art programs across the state.

In the 2000’s the program was pushed conceptually when one studio group used a very limited amount of materials (tennis balls, string, and adhesive) to create a visually stunning, conceptually strong installation. This resulted in the theme “Limits: No Limits” that is still embraced today. Through this concept, students are asked to explore the limitless possibilities that are only restricted by the limited amount of materials, time, and space. This shift led to an increased level of sophistication in the final installation pieces and provided a vehicle to explore contemporary themes through the use of repurposed and non-traditional materials. The steering committee is always accepting new members.


Art All-State 2019