Mary Ann Stankiewicz named National Art Educator of the Year

March 11, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The National Art Education Association has named Mary Ann Stankiewicz, Penn State professor of art education, to receive the 2014 National Art Educator of the Year Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of one outstanding NAEA member annually at the national level. The award will be presented at the NAEA National Convention in San Diego, Calif., March 29-31, 2014.

NAEA President Dennis Inhulsen states, "This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Mary Ann Stankiewicz exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession."

Stankiewicz is internationally recognized for her scholarship in art education history. Her research on art education history and policy has been published in major professional journals, and funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation and the Oregon Center for the Humanities, among others. Her book, "Roots of Art Education Practice," a history of art education for K-12 art teachers, has been translated into Korean. She co-authored the chapter on 19th-century art education for the "Handbook of Research and Policy in Art Education" (2004), and wrote the first essay on international history of visual arts education (Bresler, 2007).

Stankiewicz served on the Board of Directors for the National Art Education Association for six years and was NAEA President in 2003-05. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Art Education Foundation, the Advisory Board for "Arts Education Policy Review," and is a reviewer for other professional journals. A past-president of NAEA's Women's Caucus, she received the 2003 June King McFee Award from the Caucus. For more about Stankiewicz, click here.

NAEA is the professional association for art educators. Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in our nation’s fine art museums, administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts, state departments of education, arts councils; and teaching artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries. 

For more information about the association and its awards program, visit the NAEA website at

Text courtesy of NAEA and Amy Milgrub Marshall


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Last Updated March 12, 2014