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2022 Award Winners

This year in addition to nominations from members, KAEA is accepting nominations from principals and superintendents (or similar supervisory positions) to nominate outstanding art teachers within their districts. 

KAEA Art Enhancer Awards Nomination
This award recognizes the exemplary contributions of individuals, groups, institutions, or businesses which have significantly enhanced art education or art in their community.

Please note that ALL applications must be submitted via email to the awards chair,, by July 1st.


Outstanding Art Educator of the Year Awards 

This award recognizes exemplary contributions, achievements, and service within the state of Kansas. Qualified applicants may represent Kansas in the Western Regional Division, NAEA, in the following categories: 
  • Outstanding Elementary Art Educator
  • Outstanding Middle Level Art Educator
  • Outstanding High School Art Educator
  • Outstanding K-12 Art Educator
  • Outstanding Art Educator- Higher Ed
  • Outstanding Retired Art Educator
  • Outstanding Art Educator- Administration/Supervision (does not have to be a KAEA member)
  • Outstanding Art Educator- Museum Education
  • Overall Outstanding Kansas Art Educator of the Year
Eligiblity: Active KAEA / NAEA members


Tips for being selected for a KAEA Outstanding Art Educator Award
  • present at a KAEA conference
  • be a mentor
  • submit information to the KAEA newsletter
  • serve on a curriculum committee 
  • chair a KAEA conference
  • win a prior KAEA award before submitting an “Overall” award application
  • serve on a KAEA committee 
  • serve on the KAEA board
Please note that ALL applications must be submitted via email to the awards chair by July 1st!

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.