GAEA Art Blast

May 2023

GAEA President

As the end of the school year draws close, the days become more reflective. You may have just hosted your school's art show, awarded cords for your NAHS graduating members, or begun distributing all the artwork back to the students. Yet, each of these moments is a culminating experience guided by your care and nurturing oversight.

Additionally, these final days mark the last of years' worth of milestones as one venture off to retirement or new career adventures. I hope you know how valuable your presence in a young artist's life was. We all wish you the very best!

So, as you sort the marker bins and pick through the pencil collection, find time to reflect, you too, were an essential and needed person in school. The work you have done through advocacy, teaching, and leading is valuable. But, it is through our collective efforts we are stronger. So thank you, art educators, museum curators and liaisons, art directors and supervisors, arts integration specialists, and mentors! YOU each have helped shape another meaningful year into a lifetime of inspiration for some child or fellow teacher.

Please take some time to review this issue of the Art Blast; it is filled with details on elections, awards, and needed surveys to complete.

Have a blessed end of the year!

All the best,

Stan Dodson, Ed.D

GAEA President

GAEA Fall Conference- Columbus, November 2-5

All inclusive
  • Early bird: $225 (September 1)
  • Regular $250 (after September 1)
  • Retired $200
  • First conference year $100
  • Nonmember $299
  • Student $75
  • Non educator partner/plus 1 $99

Live registration late June, please see the GAEA website for frequent updates

Workshop proposal acceptances notices are going out via email, keep an eye on your inbox.

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GAEA Awards- Deadline 5/21/23

Nominate Now!

This is great time to celebrate all the hard work and often behind the scenes effort that goes into being an amazing arts advocate! See link above. Awards will be presented at our 2023 Fall Conference.

DUE: May 21

Consider the following categories, you can submit multiple candidates and multiple awards.

  • Georgia Art Educator of the Year Award
  • Elementary Level Art Educator of the Year Award
  • Middle Level Art Educator of the Year Award
  • Secondary Level Art Educator of the Year Award
  • Supervision/Administration Level Art Educator of the Year Award
  • Higher Education Educator of the Year Award
  • Distinguished Service Inside the Profession Award
  • Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award
  • Emeritus Level Art Educator of the Year Award
  • Croy West Award (Special Needs in Art Education)
  • National Art Honor Society Award
  • Museum Education Level Art Educator of the Year Award

*Please note, there is a 10-year window to win a previously won award. In the event you have nominated a candidate who meets that criteria, the awards chair will reach out directly.

Questions: please reach out to:

GAEA awards chair, Noelle Petersen


GAEA President, Stan Dodson

GAEA Board Elections

This is also a great time to consider a worthy candidate for our board positions. Candidates are needed for the follow areas.

DUE Sunday, May 28th

Board position - Elect:

  • President
  • Elementary Division Representative
  • Middle Division Representative
  • Secondary Division Representative
  • Higher Education Division Representative
  • Museum Division Representative

Nominate Today!

NAEA 2023

We recently celebrated many of our members at NAEA in San Antonio

Ivey Coleman, Georgia Art Educator of the Year

Cindy Quan Hong, NAEA Southeastern Region Elementary Art Educator

Heather Silver, Outstanding dissertation award from the Ecology and Environment

Interest group.

YAM, Special Recognition, Tiffany Weser and Gail Peake co-chairs

Dr. Aimee Burgamy, Special Recognition, NAEA Middle Level Division Director

Annie Park, Special Recognition, NAEA Southeastern Middle Level Director

Also, we are so excited to have a GAEA member represented in the 2024 Georgia

Teacher of the Year finalist’s selection slate. Join me in congratulating Brittany

Nearhoof! The final selection will be announced in June.

GAEA/HMA 2023 Georgia High School Art Exhibit

Linn Zamora

Deadline to submit and deliver/mail work: May 19 (see link and information below)

Exhibit Opens in the Greene Family Education Center at the High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309: June 6

Celebration: June 17th 11am - 1pm

Exhibit Closes: July 9

Artwork Pick-Up at High Museum: July 14

*** Return postage and packaging is required if you are unable to pick up artwork

Questions: Email Linn Zamora:


Airport Exhibit

Kirby Meng and Katie Medley

Work that we have had (seemingly) forever is going up now. We hope it will be up within the next week, but certainly by June 1. At that point we will pick up the work that came down and get it returned to the teachers/students.

Look for a new call for work in the fall, probably September for work to be due in October.

The artwork will be matted and to delivered to the airport installation in December.

Tentative exhibit rotation:

Exhibit 1 – June – November

Exhibit 2 – December – May

Our galleries are on T and E Concourses: T is 19” x 17” HORIZONTAL max artwork size and E is 18” x 24” VERTICAL max size.

Reach Kirby: or Katie:

Capitol Art Exhibition

Dr. Aimee Burgamy and Annie Park

The Capitol Art Exhibition and reception was a great success. We had 241 works of art on display at the Twin Towers Building and more than 500 people in attendance at the reception. We had 30 state leaders in attendance (legislators and GAdoE staff).

We are grateful to Artome and Jeff Bostick for storing our display racks and loaning us additional racks to make the show possible.

We are seeking a new chair for the 2024 CAE as Aimee and Annie are stepping down. Please email if you are interested.

We are thankful for Aimee and Annie's help and oversight with CAE.

2024 NAHS Conference

Jeni Griner and Veronica Martin

Plans for the 2024 NAHS Conference are underway, and we want your input.

Please help us to make this the best NAHS conference possible by filling out the google form

Also, we have developed a website that we will begin updating in August as we finalize plans, schedules, and registration. Please bookmark it and check back often.

NAHS 2024 website

YAM 2023 Your Art, Your Voice

Tiffany Weser and Gail Peake

Georgia received a special recognition award for the YAM, State digital report at NAEA.

Time to submit the documentation of the year’s art and YAM activities and photos of the wonderful things done in the classroom.

Due date is June 1

ED&I survey

Please complete the Google form survey

With our new Equity, Diversity & Inclusion initiative, we are gathering information to better meet your needs as an art education professional. This survey will take you only a few minutes to complete. Your participation is voluntary, and the data will only be used for GAEA planning, program development, and improving member experiences. Please complete this important survey by Wednesday, June 1, 2023 . Individual responses will remain confidential. Only aggregated data will be available on the GAEA website. Results of this survey will be shared with the NAEA ED & I Commission.

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