Friday, March 13, 2020

Youth Art Month Celebration Cancelled

After thoughtful consideration, the Kansas Art Education Association has decided to cancel our 2020 Youth Art Month Celebration scheduled for March 22nd from 1-2:30pm at the Shawnee County Topeka Public Library to ensure the health and safety of students, educators, family and friends amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Youth Art Month celebration continues throughout the month of March and we know you will join us in continuing to celebrate the fabulous artwork created by students across the state and the art educators who helped facilitate their creations. We will post photos for your pleasure to enjoy! (Click HERE to view a PowerPoint of all the YAM artwork- the file is large so you will need to download it to view.)

To our best knowledge, the show will remain up until March 22 - information about art work pick-up, awards and more will be e-mailed out to educators participating in this year’s show.

We thank you for your support of the arts and art education and your understanding during this time.

Your partner in education,

Kate Miller 
KAEA President 

Co-YAM Chairs

Lynn Felts and Linda Nelson-Bova #ksarted #ksyam2020 #youthartmonth

Friday, February 28, 2020

2020 Harry Hart Memorial Senior Scholarships Awarded

The Harry Hart Memorial Scholarships are named in honor of long-time KAEA member Harry Hart who passed away in 2009.  The Kansas Art Education Association gives TWO $500.00 scholarships each year which are paid directly to the Institutes of Higher Learning chosen by the winning student.

The 2020 winners are Wesley Schmoe, student of Tod Poteet of Lawrence High School, and Erica Hoelting, student of Tim Mispagel of De Soto High School! 

The judge this year was Dr. Monika Kjellman-Chapin. Monika was impressed by all of the portfolios and commented that:
-has at least one stand out work, a really terrific piece
-there was some very interesting content
-some very good draftspersonship was demonstrated
-there was a boldness in the subject matter displayed and often a maturity in the handling
-there was an impressive range of techniques and media
-“all in all, there is very promising talent on display here”

Congratulations to the scholarship recipients! The winners’ work will be on display at the Youth Art Month celebration March 22nd as well as a slideshow of all of the portfolios submitted. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Youth Art Month Speaker Announced

This year for our Youth Art Month celebration we will have a very special guest speaker- Annika Wooton, Miss Kansas!

Annika will share words of encouragement for our young artists and complete a speed painting. We hope you will join us at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library March 22nd from 1:00-2:30 for the Youth Art Month reception and awards ceremony.

We also invite all Kansas art teachers to bring student artwork for the display- all artwork must arrive at the library's Sabitini gallery by 6:00 PM on February 22nd. Details here:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

2020 Youth Art Month Details

We hope that you were as excited as we are with the changes that we have made and continue to make for the Kansas Art Education Association's Youth Art Month Exhibit and Celebration!!!!!

Our venue changed to the "Alice Sabatini Gallery in the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library" and will once again take place there this year. However, the Gallery is under renovations this year and the actual exhibit will be outside of the gallery in the lobby and library--but, will still be professionally displayed by the gallery personnel!

Our exhibit time frame will once again go from the ONE DAY that we had become accustomed to to a FULL MONTH!!! The artwork will be professionally shown and will be available for viewing the entire time to make it more convenient for families to see the show!

We will still have our Celebration/Reception/Awards on the last day of the exhibit.
We will be able to present our recognition awards in an auditorium!!

Watch our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for exciting news about our Keynote speaker for this year's YAM Celebration!!

Our Youth Art Month Art Competition for member's students will be sponsored by BLICK Art Materials this year and will again be entered and judged digitally with the work also being physically shown in the Youth Art Month Exhibit.
KAEA and BLICK will be working together to provide awards/prizes to the student of the "Best of Show" artwork as well as materials prizes for other students and their teachers! Don't miss out on this opportunity for your student!

We hope that all of you will join us in celebrating Youth Art Month in Kansas!

Important Dates to remember:

January 1
Start making local plans for Youth Art Month

February 20
LAST DAY to deliver YAM Artwork to your area YAM volunteer

February 22
LAST DAY to deliver YAM Artwork to the Sabatini Gallery.
All artwork must be received by 6:00 pm for it to be
included in the show! This includes any mailed work!
Please plan ahead to make sure that it is received on time.

February 24
LAST DAY for KAEA members to e-mail your submissions
into the BLICK Art Materials YAM Art Competition.

February 25-March 22
Youth Art Month Exhibit—Shawnee County Topeka
Public Library

March 22
Youth Art Month Celebration/Reception & Awards 1-2:30

March 26-28
National Art Education Association Convention, Minneapolis
National Youth Art Month Exhibit

All information can be found on the KAEA Website at:

YAM Co-chairs
Lynn Felts:
Linda Nelson-Bova:

Thursday, January 9, 2020

2020 Kansas Youth Art Month Flag Winners Announced

 Below are the results of the 2020 Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest. Congratulations to all the winning students and their art teachers! Please encourage your students and their families to attend the Youth Art Day reception and awards ceremony in Topeka at the Alice Sabatini Gallery at the Shawnee Topeka Public Library on March 22nd. All YAM Flag Design winners will be honored. Details for this event will be posted soon on the KAEA website. Thanks again for supporting Kansas Youth Art Month!

2020 Youth Art Month Winning Flag Design—Joselle Courchaine, 12th Grader at Cheney High School, student of Mrs. Shawny Montgomery!! (see attachment to view winning flag design)

Middle School Category--
1st Place—Jane Serafine, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
2nd Place— Avery Vogt, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
3rd Place— Tayln Hoch, 7th Grade, Cheney Middle School - Teacher: Shannon Monson
HM— Emma Whiddon, 6th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM—Taylor Marsh, 8th Grade, Washburn Rural Middle School - Teacher: Mindy Armstrong
HM—Olivia Doremus, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher:Johnna Smith
HM— Sydney Laster, 8th Grade, Washburn Rural Middle School - Teacher: Mindy Armstrong
HM—Kaitlyn Thomas, 8th Grade, Blue Valley Middle School - Teacher: Robin Kingeter
HM—Kryndon Proffitt, 8th Grade, Jackson Heights Middle School - Teacher: Katie Morris
HM—Maya Gu, 6th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM—Madi Rieschick, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM—Anna Lacy, 8th Grade, Washburn Rural Middle School - Teacher: Mindy Armstrong
HM— Sarah Ormiston, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM— Addison Smith, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
High School Category--
1st Place—Joselle Courchaine, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
2nd Place—Ariel Stamback, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
3rd Place—Gage Stamback, 11th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM—Jamie Claiborne, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM—Abigail Vajnar, 10th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM--Lauryn Becker, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM-- Madisynn Hair, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM -- Teagan Valdez, 12th Grade, Jefferson West High School, Teacher: Mark Ralston
HM -- Olivia Knerr, 12th Grade, Junction City High School, Teacher: Tera Morriss

Monday, January 6, 2020

SouthEast Drive In

SouthEast drive-in event this Saturday, January 11th at Girard High School. Create a Ceramic Palette that can be used with watercolors and discover several different clay techniques. Please see photo for details and RSVP.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Harry Hart Memorial Senior Scholarships

It is once again about time to consider an outstanding senior that you would like to nominate for the Harry Hart Memorial Scholarship! We had a great turnout last year and hope to continue to encourage even more art educators to submit students for this opportunity!

Harry Hart was a long time art educator who passed away in 2009. KAEA honors his memory by providing a $500 scholarship directly to the chosen institute of higher learning for two outstanding seniors planning to pursue a career in art. Every current KAEA member may nominate one student for consideration who is in good academic standing. 

Submission is easy- a four slide presentation including the student's name and images of three of their completed works of art along with a short Excel form containing basic contact information. Winners will be announced mid-February and will have work featured in the Youth Art Month exhibition in Topeka.

Please consider selecting a student for this amazing opportunity! The deadline is January 31st, 2020so start thinking about who you'd like to nominate now! 

The submission guidelines can be found at:

Recognition of the Scholarship Recipients will take place during the Youth Art Month Celebration/Reception at the Alice Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka Public Library on March 22nd. 

Happy New Year!
Tranda Strnad
KAEA Secondary Representative

KAEA Mission Statement

KAEA is dedicated to the advancement of the human and cultural understanding through the study of art by providing opportunities for professional growth and development, exchange of knowledge and ideas, and service and leadership for the advancement of quality art education.