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President's Note...

Michelle Turner
RIAEA President 2019-2021
Read Michelle September Message here!
News, Events + Workshops

2020 RIAEA Conference

We are still accepting proposals for our 2020 RIAEA State Conference, themed Invent Change. This is a call for administrators, students, educators, members and non-members to share strategies, techniques, research, and art-making lessons on how to create change within the classroom, the school and the greater community. The 2020 State Conference will take place virtually later this year in October! Just click the link to get started


Submission Deadline Extended: August 15, 2020.

Click here to submit proposal!


US Senator
Jack Reed
Virtual Art Exhibit


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 16 high schools across the state participate—and over 75 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 at https://www.reed.senate.gov/news/photos/2020-ri-high-school-art-exhibit. 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 had participation.


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!

From the office of Senator Jack Reed

Rhode Island Visual Arts Reopening Guidelines 2020

Below are RISCA doc "Arts is Essential..." as well as "Visual Arts Reopening Guidelines" in PDF. Last week Michelle Turner (RIAEA President) worked with RISCA and the Arts Learning Network (which includes Sue Root, Mia Thompson and Nancy Brandley, (all RIAEA Past-President) to create the guideline document. The committee was able to connect to someone directly from RIDOH and they were able to approve it. It is now ready to SHARE! The link is set up to be accessible by anyone so feel free to send to your Superintendents, Principals, etc.

RI Visual Arts Reopening Guidelines - Best Practices and Solutions for RI Phase

RISCA Arts Education is Essential Final Document 06/02/2020

NAEA Resources

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


RIAEA Social Media
Advocacy Resources

2020 Scholastic Art Awards

to the
2020 Scholastics Gold Key, Silver Key
and Honorable Mention Winners.

Click here to see results!

Distance Learning Resources
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Art Education Association

Art Education and the

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

This exhibit has been postponed to the Fall!
So let's start creating!

RIAEA 2020 Educator’s Exhibit  

RIAEA Members are encouraged to submit an artwork for our first ever Virtual Art Educators Exhibit at Bannister Gallery!

In light of restrictions on large gatherings, our opening reception and awards will be conducted on June 22 following our annual end of year Member Meeting! More details and Zoom link to come.  Entry forms must be submitted with artwork images: ENTRY FORMGALLERY GUIDELINES .  All educator’s entering artwork must have a current RIAEA membership.

Art Educator of the Year Nominations:


Know of an amazing art teacher? 

Nominate them for RI Art Educator of the Year! 

Fill out this nomination form to nominate

              yourself or someone you know. 

Nominations are due by June 30, 2020

Watch for future Events coming soon!!

            2020 WAA Scholarship

           Program Competition

The Wickford Art Association is pleased to announce that we have awarded four scholarships to graduating senior artists representing their communities.  WAA offers this program annually in conjunction with the RI Art Educator's Association.


This year, we recognize:

1st Place ($1500 Scholarship): Liliana Zapata - Smithfield High School, Smithfield

2nd Place ($1000 Scholarship): Enid Corcoran - Cranston High School East, Cranston

3rd Place ($750 Scholarship): Kashton Fielding - Pilgrim High School, Warwick

4th Place ($500 Scholarship): Victoria Venditto - Scituate High School, North Scituate


The following students have also received recognition through Honorable Mentions:

Ava Caliri - Cranston High School West, Cranston

Faith Lapierre - Lincoln High School, Lincoln

Maya Schaffer - North Kingstown High School, North Kingstown

Samantha Vye - Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth

Flag & Postcard Contest WINNERS!

Click here to see results and photos of artworks!

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

2020 Rhode Island Art Educators Award


2020 Art Educator of the Year &
Secondary Art Educator

Anita Thompson Lincoln School


Middle Level Art Educator

Laurie Batek North Providence Schools


Elementary Art Educator

Melissa Cardillo Warwick Public Schools

New Teacher Award

Lindsay Burrows Smithfield Public Schools


Distinguished Friend of RIAEA

Fidelity Investments

@2019-2020 RIAEA

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