2016 Tennessee Art Education Association Award Winners

2016 TAEA Award Winners

Tennessee Art Educator of the Year

Bill Hickerson, West Tennessee Regional Art Center

East Region Art Educator of the Year

Ethan Pignataro, Gibbs High School, Knoxville

Middle Region Art Educator of the Year

Justin Makemson, Belmont University, Nashville

West Region Art Educator of the Year

Carol Eckert, University of Tennessee, Martin

Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Holly Briggs, Mooreland Heights Elementary School, Knoxville

Middle Level Art Educator of the Year

Kathy McMillan, West Middle School, Tullahoma

Secondary Art Educator of the Year

Rose Doherty, St. George’s Independent School, Collierville

Higher Education Art Educator of the Year

Shannon Elliott, Memphis College of Art, Memphis

Museum Art Educator of the Year

Margarita Sandino, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis

First Year Educator of the Year

Melanie Hill-Guion, John Troutwood Moore Middle School, Nashville

Pre-Service Art Educator of the Year

Lindsey McCartin, Belmont University, Nashville

Higher Education Student Achievement Award

Rachel Rhea, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Friend of TAEA

Belmont University, Nashville

Tennessee Art Education Annual Awards

Each year, the Tennessee Art Education Association has the great pleasure of recognizing outstanding art educators from across the state, in a variety of categories.  These amazing teachers exemplify the qualities and standards of what it means to be a great art educator, going above-and-beyond for their students.


TAEA presents these annual awards:

·        To provide recognition to individuals within the membership who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in art education

·        To focus professional attention on exemplary art educators and increase public awareness of the importance of quality art education


Nomination process:

All nominees must be a member of NAEA/TAEA

Submission deadline: July 10, 2017

Review award categories 

Download the TAEA Nomination Form 


To nominate a great art educator for an award, please submit:

1)    A nomination letter, explaining why this person is a good candidate for an award. 

Please keep in mind that this letter and the accompanying nomination form are what we use to write a description of the award winners for the program booklet.  Please be sure to include as much detail as possible so that the write-up can properly reflect your nominee’s accomplishments.

2)    The TAEA Nomination Form and Vita for the nominee.

The nomination form is where you list all the amazing things that your nominee has accomplished. You can ask your nominee to send you their resume to complete this form, or you can ask them to fill out this part on their own.

3)    A digital photo of the nominee

A high-resolution jpeg is preferred.


Submit to the 2017 TAEA Awards Chair, Kathy Dumlao at kathy.dumlao@brooksmuseum.org