Undergraduate Students Receive Prestigious Awards from Ohio Art Education Association
Two Kent State University undergraduate art education students received significant awards at the 2019 Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) Conference in Columbus. Amelia Golec received the Pre-Service Division Award for the state of Ohio and Megan Carney received a $1000 scholarship from the Ohio Art Education Foundation (OAEF) for an essay she wrote about her art teaching. The students were honored during the award ceremony on Friday, November 15 for which associate professor and 2018 Ohio Art Educator of the Year, Linda Hoeptner Poling, was the keynote speaker.
For the OAEF scholarship, which is open to junior and senior undergraduate students as well as graduate students, Carney was one of two annual recipients. Based on the 2019 conference theme of “UneARTh Your Creative Potential” students wrote an essay answering the questions “What can your art teaching do” and “How will your art teaching empower your students?”
Golec is the OAEA Pre-Service Division Co-Chair and is the founder and organizer of the Cuyahoga Falls Art Alumni Association. In a statement about her art teaching, she stated, “I believe that the purpose of education is to generate well-rounded students with a desire to continue learning about the world around them. Art and design education fits into the general purpose of education by teaching students’ key skills to succeed beyond the art room. The skills I will teach my students include critical thinking and communication skills, an appreciation of art and sense of community, and the importance of failure and mistakes.”
Images: (left) Megan Carney (center) with Carrie Barnett, President of OAEA (right) and the other recipient of the scholarship, Mackenzie Mettey (left); (right) Amelia Golec with her award plaque.