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Governor Brad Little and First Lady Theresa Little have selected the recipients of the 2020 GOVERNOR'S AWARDS IN THE ARTS. The biennial awards, established in 1970 by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, bring recognition to Idaho’s exceptional artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters. Awardees are Idaho residents who have made significant contributions to the cultural life of Idaho and to the arts, through their creative accomplishments or distinguished service. The recipients are:


Tabish Romario, Dancer, Boise

Karen Day, Filmmaker, Boise

Randy Van Dyck, Visual Artist, Boise


Nancy Martiny, Saddlemaker, May

Joanne Hultstrand, Norwegian Rosemaler, Boise


Gary Eller, Arts Volunteer, Nampa

Dr. Nikki Halverson, Arts Volunteer and Supporter, Twin Falls


John Anderson, Music Teacher, Salmon

Michele Chmielewski, Art Teacher, Past President, Idaho Art Education Association, Coeur d’Alene

Kathy Stefani, Music Teacher, President, Idaho Music Educators Association, Inc., Moscow


Mark Junkert, General Director, Opera Idaho, Boise

Roger Rowley, Executive Director, The Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow


Kay Hardy, Arts Volunteer and Philanthropist, Boise


Diana Thompson, creator of the COVID Concert Series (covidconcertseries) on Facebook, Rigby

Awards will be presented by Governor Brad Little and First Lady Teresa Little in a public ceremony, the date and location of which will be determined, likely spring 2021.

Photo: Norwegian Rosemaling, Joanne Hultstrand

Virtual National Leadership Conference, July 2020.

Beside getting to network and collaborate with leaders from the Pacific region, we also engaged in:

Hands-on artmaking with Blick Art Materials

Shaping the future of NAEA with a strategic visioning session

NAEA Cultural Competency in Teaching and Leadership Certificate Program: Moving Forward

Creativity with Adobe Spark workshop, led by Rebecca Hare of Adobe

NAEA Pacific Region Leadership Conference, July 23-25, 2019 in Portland, Oregon.

Our Co-Presidents, Lola & Camille, with our President Elect, Terra- attend with leaders from all over the NAEA Pacific Region for a 2.5 day conference to become stronger leaders.

Idaho enjoying time with our NAEA Pacific Region VP, James Rees, from Utah

Delegate Assembly & Nationals in Boston March 2019

Lola Johnson, IAEA Co-President, represents IAEA at NAEA's Delegate Assembly.

Michele Chmielewski, IAEA Past president, brings Idaho leadership to NAEA Pacific Region as Vice President Elect of the Pacific region

JULY 2018- IAEA President & NAEA Pacific Region VP Elect, Michele Chmielewski, attends her first NAEA board meeting & presents at the NAEA Leadership Conference! IAEA President Elect, Camille Johnson, joins her for the four day NAEA Leadership conference in Charleston, South Carolina.

Check out Linda Buczynski on this blog! Linda Buczynski is an artist and educator in Boise known for her generous enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and contagious goodwill. She teaches art at Sage International School, as well as art education at Boise State University, and has received an Art Educator of the Year award for both. We sat in on a workshop in her home studio, Heartworks, to get a sense of her self-developed method for introspection: journaling, collage work, and discovering how to ask yourself a “good question”. Time spent with Linda is a timely reminder that the answers we seek are not as profound as the journey itself; that gratitude, playfulness, and staying a life-long learner will help us along the way.

IAEA Board members have a retreat to plan, prepare, and INVESTIGATE opportunities for IAEA members

June 2018

National Art Education Association Convention in the Northwest!!!! March 2018

We honored our IAEA Art Educator of the Year, Jerry HENDERSHOT at the National Art Education Association convention in Seattle at the Pacific Region Awards

IAEA member & Shelley HS Art Teacher, Daniel Borup, presents "Sculpting your creative mindset" at TedTalk! TEDxIdahoFalls


Five IAEA board members attended the NAEA Pacific Region Leadership Conference, Aug. 1-3, 2017 in San Diego, CA. This was an excellent leadership and association growth opportunity to work with neighboring association leaders and NAEA board executive members on advocacy, policy, and membership.

Michele Chmielewski, IAEA President, presenting Idaho's art for the Unity Project.

Representing Idaho and learning a lot while there! Our exec board: Camille Johnson- President Elect, Danielle Forsberg- VP, Michele Chmielewski-President, Alison Noble- Secretary, and Amber Poelstra- Treasurer.

Group shot of all the leaders from the Pacific region in attendance. Represented are Idaho, Oregon, California, Arizona, Hawaii, Washington, Utah and BC Canada. Also present Past NAEA president, Pat Franklin.