Past-President's Thoughts....

What a great time to be in TAEA!  


Last November, 2018,  TAEA had the state conference at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg.  I was the TAEA Conference Chair, and this was my first conference. I was so happy that the conference was so well received and all participants left with many ideas and memories to bring back to the classroom, museum, district, etc.  It was a wonderful weekend, with Cindy Foley, of the Columbus Museum of Art, as our keynote speaker! Such a great message on the importance of creativity and thinking like an artist.  Keeping ideas generating, not just the art. Become visible and share how you can benefit the entire population at your school.   We also were graced with the now current, then President-Elect of NAEA, Thomas Knab, who spoke to us on Friday morning in our keynote time. We honored some well deserving art educators on Thursday night with a banquet and awards presentation.  It is such a great experience to receive an award from your peers!  


We had 9 workshop artists who joined us in our experience, with workshops including encaustic, woodworking, clay, oil painting, printmaking/design, mixed media collage, Day of the Dead workshops, Fibers, metal.  We had Supersessions that were led by TAEA members on a variety of relevant themes. We had “Artivism” Keynote session on Saturday that covered advocacy opportunities and what to say when advocating. TAEA Policy Statements were discussed in another session, and one dealt with the strategic planning of our organization.


Oh, yeah, did I mention it was at Arrowmont??  Which, of course, meant great food at the dining hall and wonderful ambiance!!  And we had Kris Bakke from Nasco who made it so much fun during our reception on Friday night. None of this happened by itself and I did not do it alone.  I had a Conference committee, which including non-board TAEA members and well as other TAEA board members. And we did look at the Evaluation forms and have made adjustments as needed! I had some wonderful angels help me clean up at the end of conference!


Now it is time for the next conference, the TAEA State Professional Development Conference   Is heading to Watkins College of Art in Nashville, TN on October 24-26, 2019!!  Great central location for the whole state. Included in your conference fee on Friday, will be keynote speaker, Sanford Greene, Marvel Artist, Higher Educator, and author of own series of graphic novels.  Continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be included in your conference fee. You can also choose one workshop a day from a variety of workshops using a variety of medias. If you can only come Friday or only Saturday, we have one day workshops available to choose from for that one day. If you are coming for both days, you will have a choice of 2-one day workshops or a 2-day workshop.  We will have Supersessions lead by TAEA members on Friday, and keynote sessions on Saturday, for important information on TAEA and State of Tennessee. A Friday night reception with food and hands on art, along with an Artisan’s Market!! Saturday will also include our members meeting.  And, of course, a swag bag and door prizes will be given out all through the event!


Workshops will include Dr. David Meade with fibers, Paul deNarrass with his fabulous oil sticks, Judy Klich with encaustic, Danielle McDaniel with clay, hands on and information on the science of clay, Melody Weintraub with altered books, Wayne Brezinka with mixed media, and Sanford Greene will do a one-day workshop on Friday. We are adding more to this list soon!!


We always need volunteers to help put on this event.  Please email me at nunnallyj@pcsstn.comto let me know you want to help us during the conference. We can use help at registration table, helping out the workshop artists-which you could do in your own workshop, picking up water, reception set up, lunch set up, etc, etc.  We will have an artisan’s market, so start gathering your art to sell during the Friday night reception!  There will be a nominal fee per table, so look for the sign-up information.


Keep watching the website and look for TAEA emails and social media posts for more information on your TAEA State Professional Development Conference.  I am so happy to have this experience of coordinating the conference one more time!  


Janis Stivers Nunnally

TAEA Past President

Conference Chair