Category: Board News

Art Education Zoom Series – November Session

Focus for November: Artist Show & Tell
The goal of this session is to provide a space for arts educators who would like to share information, lessons, and learning opportunities dedicated to contemporary artists. Artist Show & Tell is an opportunity for an informal discussion, brainstorming, and sharing facilitated by the conference committee chair Shannon Carey.

Please ‘bring’ a contemporary artist you would like to share with the group. We hope participants will be able to share how you have or plan to use this artist in your curriculum, along with where someone would be able to find more information about the artist (artist website, Instagram, museum exhibit information). We would appreciate it if you are also prepared to share at least one image of the artist’s work.

There will also be time during the session to connect with other arts educators as well as engage collaboratively in conversation about the 2020-2021 school year.

Learn more and register for this event here.

Join the Board – Open Positions – Join a Committee

We are looking to fill the positions of Middle Level Division Director, Preservice Division Director, Retired Representative, National Art Honor Society Representative, Awards Committee Chair, Exhibitions Committee Chair, and Youth Art Month Committee Chair.
The MAEA Board of Directors holds monthly meetings online via Zoom which make it accessible for members across the state. Interested candidates should submit their resume or CV/letter of intent to secretary@massarted.comLearn more here.
Interested in becoming more involved, but aren’t ready to take the plunge into an official board position? Consider joining one of our active committees like awardsconference, youth art monthpublic relationsstudent recognitionsexhibitions, or professional development. Committees typically meet monthly via Zoom.

Congratulations to the 2021 Art Educators of the Year

It is with great pride that we announce the 2021 MAEA Art Educators of the Year. If you would like to honor a colleague please consider nominating them before the deadline May 15, 2021! Learn more. 

MAEA Lifetime Achievement Award –
Eva Kearney, Winthrop Public Schools

Massachusetts Art Educator of the Year –
Ann Villarreal, Worcester Public Schools

Higher Education Preservice Art Educator of the Year –
Ivy Mayer, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Early Childhood Art Educator of the Year –
Bridget O’Leary, Dedham Public Schools

Elementary Art Educator of the Year –
Catie Nasser, Middleton Public Schools

Middle Level Art Educator of the Year –
Louis Martinez, North Brookfield Public Schools

Secondary Art Educator of the Year 
Kristyn Shea, Easton Public Schools

Special Needs Art Educator of the Year –
Christopher Hall, Boston Public Schools

Retired Art Educator of the Year –
Marie Meegan, Salem Public Schools

Higher Education Art Educator of the Year –
Pamela Bower-Basso, Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Exceptional New Art Educator of the Year –
Chesley Chapman, Falmouth Public Schools

Rising Star Secondary Student Award –
Hannah MacLean, Franklin High School

Distinguished Service Within the Profession –
Brenna Johnson, Franklin High School

Distinguished Service Outside the Profession –
Mary Keefe, Massachusetts House of Representatives

Media Arts Roundtable Discussion

If you are a secondary educator, we hope you will join our Media Arts Roundtable Discussion on Thursday October 8 at 6:30 pm on Zoom. This roundtable discussion is meant for secondary art educators who teach computer arts or digital arts. Our intention is to bring these educators together in an informal manner to discuss the transition into the 2020 school year. We hope to share and discuss ideas, strategies, and pedagogy for the media arts in either a remote model or in-person model with the various COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place.

The co-facilitators of this session are Alyssa Taranto, MAEA Media Arts Representative and Visual Art Educator at Franklin High School and Angela Wong, Visual Art Educator at Natick High School.

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET
Who: Secondary art educators who teach computer arts or digital arts
Where: On Zoom

When you register you will receive a confirmation email from, which will include the Zoom link.

If you have a topic you would like to discuss with other art educators, please contact so MAEA can help support these conversations.

Call for Articles

MAEA News is looking for articles for our upcoming Fall/Winter edition. The deadline is October, 2, 2020. If you are interested in contributing an article, check out submission guidelines here. Be sure to email editor Jane McKeag at to submit your article or to discuss article ideas. Please remember to include a signed Artwork Release form and a Photo Release form, as needed.

Check out the most recent edition of the MAEA News.

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2021 Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists Recognitions Exhibit Information

Due to the uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MAEA Recognitions Exhibit for 2021 will be a virtual exhibit, posted on the MAEA website.  We see this as a real-life opportunity for students to express what is important to them in a visually powerful way.  Presenting the exhibit online opens up the possibility of reaching a larger audience on a digital platform.

1. Eligibility for submission: Artwork created between September 1, 2019 through January 15, 2021, that has not previously been submitted to MAEA Recognitions.
2. Artwork accompanied by an artist statement, submitted digitally via
Art Call; Deadline: January 15, 2021.
3. Jurying process January 15-30, 2021.
4. Online exhibit posted to MAEA website by March 1, 2021.

High school art educators please complete this 1-minute survey that was sent out on September 24. The MAEA Recognitions Committee thanks you in advance for your response.

More about the exhibit: Piloted in 2018, the Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artist Recognition Exhibit is a juried show for students of Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) members in grades 9-12.  This exhibition has been very successful with participation growing annually.  Student entries are submitted digitally and judged by a panel of art educators. Selected works were exhibited at the State Transportation Building in Boston.

Diana Adams Woodruff
MAEA Recognitions Committee Chair

WAEA Virtual Conference Partnership – Registration is Now Open

MAEA is happy to share that we are partnering with the Wisconsin Art Education Association to provide MAEA members with a fall virtual conference opportunity. 20/20 Vision will be hosted online on October 24, 2020 with a mix of both live events and pre-recorded sessions. All live sessions will also be recorded and added to the library of sessions and you will have access to those sessions until December 31, 2020 so you will be able to view sessions at your own pace.  Featured Massachusetts presenters include Sandy Coleman, Lauren Gould, Lydia Gruner, Chris Hall, Diane Jaquith, Kristi Oliver, and Emily & Robb Sandagata. Learn more and register for this opportunity here.

REgister here to be one of The first 500 attendees to register  to receive a swag bag!
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Call for Art – 2021 MAEA Awards

The MAEA Awards Committee is currently accepting art submissions from artists for the 2021 MAEA awards. These will be awarded to our 2021 MAEA award winners this fall. The selected image will be printed on glass via Fracture for the awards ceremony. The deadline for submission has been extended through September 20, 2020. Learn more here.

PD Opportunity – MAEA Watch Party

MAEA is so excited to announce another PD opportunity for the 2020-2021 academic school year on a topic that we think will benefit the practice of many of our members. MAEA will be facilitating discussions around a series of NAEA online webinars that focus on the theme of ‘Special Populations and Situations in Art Education”. Viewing the full series of selected NAEA webinars and participating in the follow up discussions via zoom will allow educators to earn 10 PDPs. This opportunity is free for MAEA members and participants must be active NAEA/MAEA members to access the webinars for free. If you aren’t currently a member, we encourage you to join or renew today so you can participate in this amazing opportunity. 

Learn more and register here by October 14, 2020.