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President's Note...

Susan Kolenda
RIAEA President 2021-2023
News, Events + Workshops
2021 Art Educators Exhibition

Entry Deadline has been extended!  Please visit 

The Warwick Center for the Arts for the latest info!

The opening reception date will stay the same - Thursday, September 23rd at 6:00pm

WFCA is seeking original works for our upcoming Rhode Island Art Educator’s Showcase, an exhibition featuring artwork from those individuals who teach art to others. The show will run from Saturday, September 11 - Saturday, October 9, 2021. Art teachers have the unique gift of merging the intricacies of mathematics,the lyricism of language, and the lessons of history to create a new form of visual communication. This show celebrates those educators who teach art to others. This show is open to all art educators in Rhode Island, including PreK-12; college/university and adult art education. The show will be juried by Anita Thompson and Jill Cyr.

Click here for more information!

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Image credit:
Bev by Anita Thompson

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Thank you for your participation in our Virtual Art Gallery, co-hosted by the RI Art Education Association. We are so pleased that you and your students chose to participate in this year’s activity.

We had 15 high schools across the state participate—100 entries from Rhode Island students. We are thrilled with the response and we hope that this forum was helpful for you to provide outlet for your students’ creative energies and talents.


The Virtual Art Show is now live and can be viewed. 


Please share this with your students who have participated and feel free to share with your principals and superintendents as well. We will be doing a note to our Superintendents whose districts have participated.


The link will be live for the rest of the calendar year. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. And thank you all again for your support and the work you do every day!

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The Wickford Art Association (WAA) and Rhode Island Art Education Association (RIAEA)
would like to
Congratulate the following students for their participation in the scholarship!

Elizabeth Cowart for Drawing / Cranston High School West

Marissa North for Painting / Cranston High School East

Ella Rose for 3-D/Mixed Media / Cranston High School West

Page Sullivan for Photography / Portsmouth High School

Mary Tyer-Witek for Digital Art / Portsmouth High School

Appropriation & Social Justice


The Rhode Island Art Education Association is an affiliate of the  National Art Education Association.  Current practices that we bring to your attention are position statements on the issues of appropriation in art education and anti-Asian Racism and Hate Crimes.  Please visit the NAEA website to read position statements on these topics.  Links are provided below.


Additionally, the RIAEA is currently organizing a series of workshops and book clubs to address these urgent issues.  Information and registration will be released shortly.  


NAEA Position Statement on Use of Imagery, Cultural Appropriation and Socially Just Practices (May 16, 2019)


National Art Education Association Asian Art and Culture Interest Group: Statement on Anti-Asian Racism and Hate Crimes (March 19, 2021)

NAEA Resources
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Members can access NAEA such as NAEA Discussion Boards, Join Specific Communities within NAEA and Events.


Advocacy Resources
Distance Learning Resources
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Call for Nominations

2022 RIAEA Outstanding Art Educator Awards


Are you proud of your school’s Visual Art Department?  Are you lucky to work with an amazing art educator?  Nominate to celebrate!


The Rhode Island Art Education Association is a professional organization whose mission is to promote quality art education in RI by providing leadership, advocacy, a format for communication and opportunities for professional development.


Our annual Art Educator Award Program recognizes outstanding art teachers who have made significant contributions to art education programs within their school, community, or professional organization.


 The Rhode Island Art Education Association cordially invites you to send in nominations recognizing Outstanding Art Educators in your district.  Applications are now available for the 2022 RI Art Educator of the Year in Elementary, Middle, and High School levels, as well as New Teacher, Special Education and Supervisor Award.

Click here to download nomination form

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Art Education and the

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Mission Statement of the Rhode Island Art Education Association is to offer opportunities for professional development, leadership and service in order to advance the quality of Art Education