Images above are selections of student work from the TAEA Best of the Best Retrospective Exhibition.



Fostering Creativity

AdvocatING for the Arts


Connecting Educators Across Tennessee



All memberships must be submitted and purchased through NAEA. 

Active Membership: $80*

Student Membership: $40

First-Year Teacher Membership: $70*

Associate Membership: $70

Retired Teacher Membership: $45

Institutional Membership: $215

*All rates above include a fee of $15 for TAEA membership. 

  • As a TAEA member, you have access to free Online Professional Development, including NAEA monthly webinar series, as well as live and archived webinars, sessions, and workshops. 
  • Access to timely resources, including the new National Visual Arts Standards that support teaching and learning.
  • Access to the NEW NAEA Art Standards Toolbox App, a FREE app available exclusively to NAEA members and offers a suite of tools for National Visual Arts Standards-based planning, assessment, archiving, and more! 
  • Print and digital subscriptions to Art Education journal and NAEA News—NAEA's premiere bi-monthly publications, plus access to digital archives.
  • Discounts on NAEA National Convention registration fees and other professional learning events including SummerVision
  • Discounts on premiere publications and advocacy merchandise in NAEA’s Online Store
  • Connect with colleagues through the Member Directory, showcase your art through a complimentary personalized e-Portfolio powered by Digication, and/or display your students' artwork in a Classroom Gallery provided by Artsonia
  • Eligibility for prestigious national awards and grant opportunities
  • Eligibility to establish a National Art Honor Society in your middle or secondary school
  • Discounts on a variety of insurance programs including Professional Liability Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Auto & Home Insurance, and Additional Plans & Benefits


A quick look at what's happening across Tennessee!



We Want Your Super Session Proposals.

This year the Tennessee Art Education Association is requesting proposals for presentations at its annual conference from Pre-K-16 art educators, pre-service teachers, museum educators and the academic and administrative communities.  Super Sessions presentations should address one of the four areas of TAEA’s mission:  learning, community, advocacy, and research and learning, in addition to connecting directly to the conference theme, “Every Artist Tells a Story.” The conference is designed to present outstanding teaching models and provide an opportunity to learn new skills, to renew the attendee’s personal love of the arts through networking, creating works of art, and learning new teaching strategies. Presentations and hands-on workshops will focus on interdisciplinary curriculum development, innovative instructional strategies, arts assessment, arts advocacy, and arts integration. Museum and cultural institutions will be asked to present arts integrated lessons that address core academic subjects and the arts.

If you are a current member of TAEA and would like to present a 50-minute session addressing one of the above areas, now is your chance during the 2017 TAEA State Conference at Memphis College of Art in Memphis, October 26th-28th, 2017.  The Super Sessions will be held on either October the 27th or 28th.   

Submission details are on the Proposal.

View and Download the Super Session Proposal

The Tennessee Art Education Association

Regional Student Art Competition

for East, Middle, West is wrapping up! Coming soon...View galleries of student artwork for each region.

Check East, Middle, or West Tennessee's Regional Pages for dates, deadlines, and applications.


Each year, the Scholastic Art & Writing Alliance partners with affiliates across the country to bring the Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7-12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. 

Cheekwood hosts the Middle Tennessee Regional Competition and The Brooks Museum of Art hosts the Mid-South Regional Competition.


Youth Art Month Winning Flag 2016 

Youth Art Month Winning Flag 2016 


Youth Art Month Flag Design 2017

Your students are invited to join TN students from across the state to participate in the annual Youth Art Month flag design contest. This year’s theme is “Art is a Visual Journey.” Please support Youth Art Month and TAEA by participating in this year’s flag contest with your students.

Youth Art Month is a nationally observed celebration of the visual arts and is observed each year during the month of March. Its goal is to emphasize the value of visual art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.

Flag entries will be divided into four different grade levels: Primary, Intermediate, Middle, and High. Each teacher can submit up to 10 of your best entries (please no more than 10). A winner will be chosen for each level. The winning student flag designers and their teachers will receive prizes courtesy of Sargent Art. From these four winners, an overall Grand Prize winner will be selected. The Grand Prize winner’s design will be made into the Tennessee YAM flag, which will represent Tennessee at the National Art Education Conference this year. This year's prizes include a $1,500 cash prize for the winning student and $2000 worth of art supplies for her/his art teacher.

Plans are in the works to display all the flag entries at a Youth Art Month Celebration in March. Please consider participating in this great opportunity! More importantly, however, Youth Art Month activities promote the great work you do with students each and every day. Entry forms are available on the TAEA website (below), along with directions on how to submit your entries. More information can also be found on the TN Youth Art Month Facebook page.  The deadline to submit is January 13.

To submit an entry: 

Download the 2016 YAM Entry Form seen to the right and mail entries no later than January 13th to 

Angie McCarter/Art Department

Farragut Middle School

200 West End Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37934


Dates for the 2017 state conference will be announced this spring!