The Oregon Art Education Association named local art teacher Allen Smith the 2014 Oregon Rookie Art Educator of the Year.
Smith, an art teacher and educational specialist at Logos Public Charter School, was one of five Oregon art teachers nominated for the award, which is given to a professional who is in the first three years of his or her art teaching position.
“The NAEA (National Art Education Association) and the OAEA were looking for art educators who saw beyond the classroom and were promoting art education in their school, their communities and in the larger region,” said Christopher Shotola-Hardt, OAEA’s awards chairman and a former OAEA president. “Allen was so active in getting his students’ work out in the community and promoting them.”
Over the past two years, Smith has expanded Logos’ high school art program, while teaching art appreciation, advanced art, painting and drawing classes on campus. Some of his students’ works have been displayed at Art in Bloom and in the Rogue Valley Mall, as well as in other venues in Southern Oregon.
Smith will be formally recognized at the OAEA’s fall conference on Oct. 11 in Wilsonville, where he also will receive his prize, Shotola-Hardt said.