GAEA Art Blast

Fall Conference- October 6-9, Piedmont University

Registered? Early bird pricing ends soon

Fall conference is almost here, have you made plans to attend?

The early bird special pricing will end soon (September 23). Act now to secure your workshops, events are quickly filling up! Additionally, we look to celebrate our amazing 2023 GAEA award winners. Final scoring is happening now, winners will be notified the week of September 26.

If you are awaiting a school check or PO you can still register NOW! Please select pay by PO/check at checkout.

Here are a few quick tips to help you register.

Please follow the link to SCHED to select workshops and register. Please read the following notes below before registering.

Important notes: You will need to create a SCHED account or access an existing one. When you are ready to register, you must select "tickets" and then proceed to checkout. It is also BEST to register online using a laptop or desktop, the app has difficulty processing ticket check out. Copy and paste into a web browser if you are having difficulty.

Please keep in mind, IF you do not go through checkout / payment, you are NOT registered. Please do not register directly through Eventbrite, we will have no record of your workshops. SCHED will redirect you to Eventbrite at checkout.

To check out, members have the option to pay with a credit card, school purchase orders, or by check.

POs and Checks should be mailed to:

GAEA treasurer

c/o Lynn Fagan

PO Box 1474

Flowery Branch, Ga. 30542

Registration Fees: (Rate is all inclusive meal and workshops)

Early Bird Registration (up until September 23, 2022)

  • $150 - Students and Retired Educators
  • $199 - GAEA Members
  • $245 - Non-members (enter '0' for member number during checkout)
  • Beginning September 24, 2022:
  • $250 - GAEA Members
  • $295 - Non-member (enter '0' for member number during checkout)

Telling Stories

GAEA Professional Learning Fall Conference 2022

Dates: October 6-9

Piedmont University, Demorest, GA


Jackie Ellett;

Chris Kelly;

Keynote Speaker:

Tributes honoring the life and works of Art Rosenbaum.

The GAEA family extends our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of artist, Art Rosenbaum, on the occasion of his passing, September 4, 2022. We look to celebrate his life and work during the fall conference.

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Would you like to participate in this years GAEA Member's Exhibit during fall conference? This is a pin up exhibition, so note below your participation and then bring your work with you.

GAEA Member Exhibit Information Form:


Rooms are filling up FAST! This is a popular time to go to the mountains, many others will be in the area taking in the fall foliage. If you find our GAEA accommodation partners filled, look to Air B&Bs or in the Gainesville area.

Book your room for GAEA Professional Learning Conference in beautiful Demorest, Georgia! This could be a wonderful family vacation with nearby Tallulah Gorge State Park just 21 minutes away!

We have limited blocks of rooms at a group rate for Baymont Inn and Hampton Inn

Baymont Code Art School GA

Cornelia, GA

(706) 516-1627

Hampton Inn Code: Piedmont GAEA

Cornelia, GA

(706) 778-0040

If you are having trouble, call the hotels directly.

Additional Accommodations (no GAEA discount)

Apple Mountain Resort at Clarkesville

Air B&B

Collage to return to print!

During the last board meeting, the executive board voted to return Collage to an annual print edition. We are currently seeking a vendor partner to help fund this endeavor and aiming for a return in spring 2023. This is a great advocacy tool. As you have submissions for Collage, please send them to Dr. Lisa Casey:


GAEA’s newsletter of future events, teaching ideas, conferences, student exhibitions, workshops, and opportunities such as the Capitol Art Show and the Youth Art Month celebrations. Please submit articles and photos to our editor anytime!

Submissions and questions can be sent to Collage Editor Lisa Casey:

NAHS conference- January 20-21, 2023 Milledgeville

We are excited to have the NAHS conference return in person. Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia will serve as the host site on January 20-21. As we work to build back to full capacity and in partnership with our host site's capacity, the 2023 NAHS conference can only host 100 students.

Therefore, the conference is being promoted as an NAHS Leadership conference. NAHS advisors should seek to send their chapter's leaders as workshops and breakouts will be aimed toward leadership. Registration and details will be available early in October. Chapter registrations will initially be limited to 5 spots per chapter, so act early.

Questions? Please reach out to the GAEA secondary representatives and NAHS conference co-chairs:

Tara Connelly:

Shakirah Bryan (elect):

Helen Fleming Stone NAHS Scholarship

The Helen Fleming Stone NAHS Scholarship Silent Auction was held during Spring Conference in March. Total funds raised were $919.00, bringing the current balance of the scholarship fund to $93,131.29.

Plans are underway for a return to the usual Fall Conference scholarship auction. If you are planning to contribute to the scholarship auction, please bring your contribution with you. A drop off table will be available at the registration table. Additionally, Debi West will serve as the HFS liaison and will assist with your items as needed.

Social Media

Please use #createGAEA as you post images to the GAEA social media create posts.

Amanda Durant is implementing 4 weekly social media engagement opportunities: Art Prompts, Contemporary and/or Georgia Artist Spotlight, Teacher Spotlight, and Student Artwork Spotlight. She will also begin holding monthly art making and chat sessions at the end of each month.

If you have things to share on our GAEA social media platforms or if you have ideas for social media, please reach out to Amanda Durant:

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I)

A core mission pillar for NAEA is tied to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I). Our GAEA membership has partnered with NAEA to further support this mission and vision. We have formed an ED&I committee and recently published a teacher resource guide on findings and best practices to further enrich our ED&I goals.

Special thanks to Kyle Robertson and Patrice Newell (GAEA ED&I special interest co-chairs) and Katie Ericson and Anna Doll (GAEA museum representatives) for their help.

Important Dates and Events

  • All State Art Symposium: will be held on Friday and Saturday March 3rd and 4th at Columbus State University. Contact, Dr. Bret Lefler,
  • Capitol Art Show: March, 2023, anticipate the call for art to begin in January 2023 and be open for one month. Contact: Dr. Aimee Burgamy, CAE Chair,
  • 2023 Fall Conference Dr. Virginia McCullough and Dr. Bret Lefler, Columbus
  • 2024 Fall Conference Linn Zamora, Gwinnett
  • 2025 Fall Conference (any interested members / locations?)

Call for Members

Dr. Aimee Burgamy will be chairing a special task force focused on membership. Members of the task force will investigate our state and national affiliations. A report will be collected at the conclusion, documenting the benefits and membership needs for sustainability, growth, and GAEA success.

If you would like to be part of this task force, please reach out to Dr. Aimee Burgamy,

For more information or questions you may also contact Stan Dodson, GAEA president, OR Jaime Scott, GAEA president elect,


We are a professional organization of art educators in Georgia affiliated with the National Art Education Association. The mission of the Georgia Art Education Association is to advocate for the highest quality visual arts education and provide for the advancement of knowledge through service, leadership ​and ​research.