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NOV. 16

Awards Eligibility:  Art Educators must be an active member of the Maryland Art Education Associate (MAEA) to be eligible for consideration.


Qualifications:  To be considered for each award, a letter of nomination, a letter of support, and a photograph must be uploaded and attached to the electronic VITA form.  Incomplete nominations will not be considered.  Immediate family members (spouses, children, parents, siblings) may not nominate other family members for awards. 

The objectives of the MAEA Awards Program are: 

  1. To recognize excellence in the many outstanding individual members of MAEA; 

  2. To focus professional attention on quality art education and exemplary art educators;

  3. To increase public awareness of the importance of quality art education;

  4. To set standards for quality art education and how they can be achieved; and

  5. To provide tangible recognition of achievement, earn respect of colleagues, and enhance professional opportunities for MAEA members. 

Selection:  The MAEA Awards Chair verifies that all nominees are eligible and that nomination information is complete. Nominations are then sorted and forwarded to the selection committee for each award. Rubrics have been created for judging the submissions for each award. Results are reported to the MAEA State Council.  Please Note: If no nominees meet the criteria for a specific award, a recipient will not be selected. 

State Award Categories:

  • Elementary Art Educator

        To recognize an exemplary elementary art educator (Pre-K – 5) for outstanding service and achievement

  • Middle Level Art Educator

        To recognize an exemplary middle school art educator (Grades 6 – 8) for outstanding service and achievement

  • Secondary Art Educator

        To recognize an exemplary high school art educator (Grades 9 – 12) for outstanding service and achievement

  • Higher Education Art Educator

        To recognize an exemplary college or university art educator for outstanding service and achievement

  • Museum Art Educator

         To recognize an exemplary museum art educator for outstanding service and achievement

  • PreService Art Educator

         To recognize excellence in student achievement in art education at the College/University level

  • Emeritus Art Educator

         To recognize continuous outstanding service to art education by an individual before and after retirement

  • Linda Popp Leadership Award

         To recognize outstanding contributions and professional service to art education


To nominate teachers for a state award: Nomination Form

MAEA Standard Vita Form 


Questions?  Please feel free to contact Sherri Fisher, MAEA Awards Coordinator.  sfisher7@bcps.org