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2018 NAEA National Convention – Recap

Published April 4, 2018

The Department’s Art Education students, faculty, and alumni attended the 2018 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention! 


Held from March 22nd to March 24th in Seattle, Washington, the 2018 NAEA National Convention was the largest gathering of art educators in the world and hosted just under 5,000 art educators in over 1,000 sessions, workshops, tours, and other events.  Sessions were held both at the Washington State Convention Center and at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.  This year’s theme was Art + Design = STEAM.


Many FSU students, faculty, and alumni presented and received awards during the convention. Some of the highlights included presenting doctoral students Alexandra Allen, John Jay Boda, Jennifer Hamrock, Ashley Hartman, Cindy Jessup, Annie McFarland, Paige Smith-Wyatt, Yiwen Wei, and Anthony Woodruff. Master’s student  Jorge Bustamante, presented as well. Alumni presenters included Jaehan Bae, Minuette Floyd, Karen Hutzel, Allison Paul, Debrah Sickler-Voight, Ansley Simmons, Sunny Spillane, Steve Willis, and Vichien Couper. Professors Rachel Fendler, Dr. Sara Scott Shields, Dr. Pat Villeneuve, Dr. Ann Rowson Love, and Dr. Jeff Broome presented as well.  Of note, Dr. Jeff Broome is also the National Higher Education Division Director for the NAEA.




With regards to NAEA awards, Laura Chapman, FSU alumna, received the Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award, while Susannah Brown, FSU alumna, received the Higher Education Art Educator Award. Congratulations to both Chapman and Brown!


When not presenting and attending workshops and presentations, attendees socialized at the FSU NAEA Friends and Family NAEA Reception, which was held on Friday evening at the Gordon Biersch Seattle!




Dr. Jeff Broome made the following comment about the NAEA National Convention:

The convention was fantastic! I learned so much from the presentations that I was able to attend, and continue to be inspired and amazed by all the folks on NAEA’s executive board. I’m honored to be a small part of such a phenomenal team! Finally, it was also nice to catch up with colleagues, friends, and former students throughout the entire organization. What an experience!



The Department thanks Art Education faculty, students, alumni, friends and family for attending and contributing to such an enriching event!