CAEA annually accepts nominations from its membership for active and current CAEA members who have demonstrated exemplary instruction in their schools and who have made an impact on those around and to our organization. Awards are made for elementary, middle, secondary, higher education, museum, and administration art education. Furthermore, CAEA annually selects one of its members to receive the Outstanding Visual Art Educator of the Year Award for the  State of California who is also honored each year at the National Art Education Association national convention. The deadline for submitting nomination applications is February 15 to your Area President.


The CAEA Awards Program is open to all CAEA members and features both State and Area awards. The same form can be used for various awards nominations. Send completed forms to your Area Presidents by February 15. CAEA Awards Criteria CAEA Awards Criteria   

Download a CAEA Awards Nomination Form that can be filled in digitally and emailed or printed and mailed. 
Download a CAEA Awards Nomination Form to print, complete and mail. 

Ruth Jansen Award

Every year CAEA gives out one to three Ruth Jansen Awards who receive a cash award. The funding for this award is provided by a special memorial trust fund established in memory of Ruth Jansen by her family, friends, and the community. We are grateful for the support and recognition this has provided for professional educators since 1983.  There is also a special award given to one senior high school YAM winner from each Area.
Who was Ruth Jansen?  Read about this tremendous supporter of arts education: Ruth Jansen  

For additional information or questions, contact, CAEA Professional Awards Chair


Gini Gyorkos              Lora Sanders                   
Gini Gyorkos
California Outstanding Visual Arts Educator of the Year
Lora Sanders
California Outstanding Secondary Visual Arts Educator of the Year

Kathy Olson
California Outstanding Elementary Visual Arts Educator of the Year
A Glimpse into Kathy's Classroom

Rick Blake
California Outstanding Middle School Visual Arts Educator of the Year


The NAEA Awards program is open to all NAEA members. Growing in scope since its inception, the program features awards ranging from state, regional, and national levels. Information for 2017 nominations will be posted late spring/early summer and can be found at The submission deadline for most awards is October 1.

Have a question about NAEA awards? E-mail


List of All CAEA State and Area Award Recipients by Year through 2015
List of All CAEA State and Area Award Recipients Alphabetically through 2015


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