NYSATA State Awards Chair

Members should submit all completed awards nomination materials to your region chair. Region chairs should forward all signed Region Awards materials by June 1 to the state Awards Chair:

c/o Edie Silver
Rochester City School District
131 West Broad Street
Rochester, NY 14614


2014 Conference Award Events

  • Friday Dinner: Ray Henry Award, Special Citation Award--Institution, Student Scholarship Winners
  • Saturday Dinner: New York State Art Educator of the Year Award
  • Sunday Brunch: Regional Art Educator of the Year Awards

2014 Award Winners

NYS Art Educator of the Year
Kathleen Pfeifer (Region 4)

Regional Art Educators of the Year
Region 1: no nominee
Region 2: Dr. Patricia Wheelhouse
Region 3: Michele Gorham
Region 4: Jill Karen Accordino
Region 5: no nominee
Region 6: Sue Kliza
Region 7: Sharon Ciccone
Region 8: Mario Asaro
Region 9: Elizabeth Nafte
Region 10: no nomineed

Raymond C. Henry Award
Jennifer Childress (Region 6)

Outstanding Service Award Retiree
no nominee

Special Citation Award–Member
no nominee

Special Citation Award–Business
no nominee

Special Citation Award--School/University
Dowling College (Region 10)

Special Citation Award–Non Member
no nominee

NYS Art Educator Winners

2014 Kathleen Pfeifer 9 (Region 4)
2013 Janice Oldak (Region 9)
2012 Dr. Margaret Johnson (Region 7)
2011 Shannon Elliott, Ed. D. (Region 2)
2010 Terry Crowningshield (Region 5)
2009 Beth Atkinson (Region 9)
2008 Anne Rickard (Region 9)
2007 Patricia Beary (Region 9)

Awards and Honors

NYSATA rewards commitment to excellence in art education among members and supporters of the art education community with a series of awards that are presented annually at the state conference.

NYSATA's New York State Art Educator of the Year Award
The New York State Art Educator of the Year awardee is selected from the previous year's pool of ten regional awardees for Region Art Educator of the Year. This prestigious award is presented at the annual conference, and the name of the recipient is sent to the National Art Education Association for further recognition and consideration for National awards.

Application due to NAEA by Oct. 1 is submitted by the current NYSATA President.

Selection Criteria for NYS Art Educator of the Year Award

Regional Art Educator of the Year
Each of NYSATA's ten regions chooses one outstanding art educator to be awarded a plaque at the annual conference.  Each region's nominee must be a NYSATA member in good standing.  Criteria include outstanding contributions to the field of art education and service to the regional and state organization. Region awardees compete for the state level award for the following year.

Nominations due to Region Chair by May 1. Region Chairs will sign and forward Region awardee materials to the State Awards Chair by June 1.

Region Art Educator Nomination Form
Region Art Educator Selection Criteria

Raymond C. Henry Award
A grant of $500 is awarded annually to a NYSATA member to aid in the development of a specialized art education project or study which will benefit the individual and members of the art education profession.

All application materials due to Region Chair for signature by May 1 and due to State Awards Chair by June 1.

Raymond C. Henry Award Application Form
Raymond C. Henry Award Project Outline Requirements
Raymond C. Henry Award Description and Criteria

Outstanding Service Award Retiree
Awarded at the time of retirement for outstanding service to NYSATA. Nominee must be an active or associate member for at least 15 years prior to retirement. Regioins may choose to select a Regional awardee to honor within their region.  Each Region may submit one caondidate to the state awards committe for consideration for the State Outstanding Service Retiree Award, to be recognized at the annual conference.

Nominations due to Region Chair by May 1.

Outstanding Service Award Retiree Nomination Form

Special Citations for Member, Non-Member, Institution, or School District Member
Awarded to a member, non-member, institution/corporation, or school district/university that has made a significant contribution to art education. Recipients are presented with a plaque at the annual conference.

Nominations due to Region Chair by May 1.  Region Chair will sign and forward Region awardee materials to the State Awards Chair by June 1.

Special Citation Awards Selection Criteria
Special Citation Member Nomination Form

Special Citation Non-Member Nomination Form
Special Citation Institution Nomination Form
Special Citation School District/University Nomination Form

For more information or answers to any questions you may have regarding the NYSATA Awards and Honors program, please contact our NYSATA State Awards Chair, Terry Crowningshield at

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