International Ziegfeld Award
Dr. Fiona M. Blaikie
Department of Education Studies, Faculty of Education, Brock University

Ontario, Canada

National Ziegfeld Award
Dr. Patty Bode
Amherst, Massachusetts

Student Award
Jenny Evans (Nominated by Dr. Mary Stokrocki)
Dripping Springs, Texas

K-12 Teacher Award
Ryan Widel (Nominated by Dr. Steve Willis)
Ozark, Missouri

Service Award
Dr. Fatih Benzer
Springfield, Missouri


Kenneth Marantz Fellow
Dr. Alice Arnold
School of Art & Design, Jenkins Fine Arts Center, East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina


Congratulations to our 2020 winner!

Thank you to the committees for your service.

Award Nominations

Deadline: January 15, 2021



USSEA’s Annual Edwin Ziegfeld Awards honor distinguished leaders who have made significant contributions to the National and International fields of art education. Two Ziegfeld Awards will be presented during the National Art Education Virtual Conference March 4-7, 2021.

One national award to honor an art educator from within the United States.

One international award to honor a colleague from outside the United States, who has made contributions of INTERNATIONAL significance to art education.

ELIGIBILITY: Nominees must be members of USSEA or InSEA and persons who have brought distinction to International aspects of art education through an exceptional and continuous record of achievement in scholarly writing, research, professional leadership, teaching, professional service, or community service bearing on international education in the visual arts.



The USSEA Award for Excellence in PK-12 Art Education

This USSEA award is presented to a Pk-12 art educator who has demonstrated leadership in and commitment to multicultural, cross-cultural educational strategies in their school/s and communities. This art educator actively implements an approach that builds respect for human dignity and diversity through art. The teacher must be a member of NAEA and USSEA to be recognized for their contributions. Their work must be confluent with the mission of USSEA, which is to foster “teamwork, collaboration, and communication among diverse constituencies in order to achieve greater understanding of the social and cultural aspects of art and visual culture in education.” 


USSEA Award for Outstanding Student Project/Master’s Thesis/Dissertation 

The USSEA Outstanding Student Award is presented to a student whose creative project, thesis, or dissertation, reflects the mission of USSEA: to foster teamwork, collaboration, and communication among diverse constituencies in order to achieve greater understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the arts and visual culture in education. The topic investigated in the master’s work promotes pluralistic perspectives, deepens human and cultural understanding, and/or builds respect for diverse learners. 


NOMINATIONS: Nominations may be submitted by any member of USSEA, InSEA, or NAEA. The application form is available at the USSEA website http://ussea.net/awards/ and attached to this e-mail.


E-Mail Nomination Materials to: Angela LaPorte, alaporte@uark.edu.


DEADLINE DATE: Nomination materials (nomination form, vitae, letter of nomination, and two additional letters of support) are due by January 15, 2021Letters of nomination, acceptance, and support must be written in English. Recipients will be recognized at the annual NAEA conference.

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