Jerry Tollifson was one of the Ohio Art Education Association’s most long-standing, beloved, and influential members. His long and colorful career as an artist and educator inspired countless students and teachers across the state. The Jerry Tollifson Art Criticism Open is one way his legacy continues to encourage and shape art students and teachers today. 

Jerry conceived this writing competition as an annual opportunity to recognize students for their ability to articulate and compose critical responses to artworks. He promoted the idea that exercising critical thinking and careful observation while discovering an artwork’s deeper meanings empowered students to also build self-discipline and confidence. He saw the competition as another way to engage students in observing, perceiving, analyzing, and interpreting—abilities that show up repeatedly in the Ohio Fine Arts Learning Standards and National Visual Arts Standards, and also have practical relevance in other academic areas and as life skills.

This competition is open to students of all Ohio Art Education Association members in grades one through twelve. Prizes will be awarded at four division categories: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Entries will be judged, blind, by three invited volunteers using the scoring rubric available on the OAEA website. Students with winning entries will be recognized at the OAEA Youth Art Month Celebration in March held at the STRS Building in Columbus. Winning entries will also be featured in an upcoming issue of ArtLine and showcased on the OAEA website.

 

Click Here for the 2017 JTACO Entry Guidelines.

Click Here for the 2017 JTACO Entry Form.

Click Here for the 2017 JTACO Scoring Rubric.

High school art teachers, Click Here for an overview of state wide art criticism writing contests.

 

ENTRY DEADLINE: CLOSED

Send entries to:
jtaco@ohioarted.com

 Sue Ayers
4527 Swigart Rd.
Dayton, Ohio 45440

 Questions?:
jtaco@ohioarted.com

 

 

2017 Jerry Tolliffson Art Criticism Open Winners
2016 Jerry Tolliffson Art Criticism Open Winners

2015 Jerry Tolliffson Art Criticism Open Winners
2014 Jerry Tolliffson Art Criticism Open Winners

 

 

Congratulations to the 2017
Jerry Tolliffson Art Criticism Open Winners!
Division 1 Division 2

 

Click Here to read the 1st Place, Division 1
Essay by Sawdah Masoud

 

 

Click Here to read the 1st Place, Division 2
Essay by Sophia Nelson

 

Click Here to read the 2nd Place, Division 1
Essay by Ainsley Horning

 

Click Here to read the 2nd Place, Division 2
Essay by Sophia Nagy

Click Here to read the 3rd Place, Division 1
Essay by Olivia de Lacy

Click Here to read the 2nd Place (TIE), Division 2
Essay by Kelly O'Connor

 

 

Click Here to read the 3rd Place (TIE), Division 2
Essay by Lorelei Turan

 

 

Click Here to read the 3rd Place (TIE), Division 2
Essay by Kira Njegovan

 Division 3  Division 4

Click Here to read the 1st Place, Division 3
Essay by Lily Ritch

 

Click Here to read the 1st Place, Division 4
Essay by Gabrielle Wren

 

Click Here to read the 2nd Place, Division 3
Essay by Rhegan Wykes

 

Click Here to read the 2nd Place, Division 4
Essay by Anna Arbogast

 
Click Here to read the 3rd Place, Division 3
Essay by Katelynn Cleere

 

Click Here to read the 3rd Place, Division 4
Essay by Josephine Kennedy

Congratulations to the 2016 
Jerry Tolliffson Art Criticism Open Winners!
Division 1 Division 2

 



Click Here to read the 1st Place, Division 1
Essay by Emily Bolan

 

Click Here to read the 1st Place, Division 2
Essay by Grant Desch

 

Click Here to read the 2nd Place, Division 1 Essay by Sydney Brinkman

 
Click Here to read the 2nd Place (tie), Division 2 Essay by Abbie Bryan

Click Here to read the 3rd Place, Division 1
Essay by Lily Ray

 

Click Here to read the 2nd Place (tie) , Division 2 Essay by Abby Moore
 
Click Here to read the Honorable Mention, Division 1 Essay by Sara Knee

 



Click Here
to read the 3rd Place (tie), Division 2 Essay by Hannah York

 

 

Click Here to read the 3rd Place (tie), Division 2 Essay by Nolan Ellis

 

Click Here to read the Honorable Mention, Division 2 Essay by Maria Min

Division 3

Division 4

 

Click Here to read the1st Place, Division 3
Essay by Saige Fellers

 



Click Here
to read the1st Place, Division 4
Essay by Celine Doute

 

 

Click Here to read the 2ns Place, Division 3 Essay by Amy Rister

 

Click Here to read the 2nd Place, Division 4
Essay by Kylie Kuhlman

 

 

Click Here to read the 2nd Place (tie), Division 3 Essay by Seth Peppo

 

Click Here to read the 3rd Place, Division 4
Essay by Ethan Kimmett

Click Here to read the1st Place, Division 3
Essay by Mitchell Counts

 

 

Click Here to read the Honorable Mention, Division 4
Essay by Chase Grennay

 

Click Here to read the1st Place, Division 3
Essay by Ellie Poindexter

 
Congratulations to the 2015
Jerry Tolliffson Art Criticism Open Winners!
Division 1 Division 2

  

Click Here to read the Division 1, 1st Place
Essay by Mirabella Bosse

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 2, 1st Place
Essay by Kate Rehmert


Click Here to read the Division 1, 2nd Place
Essay by Lucy Hayes

 

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 2, 2nd Place
Essay by Donovan Varney


Click Here to read the Division 1, 3rd Place
Essay by Annette LaLonde

Click Here to read the Division 2, 3rd Place (tied)
Essay by Fallon Keeton

Click Here to read the Division 1,
Honorable Mention (tied)
Essay by Allen Wang

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 2, 3rd Place (tied)
Essay by Meggie Bailey

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 2,
Honorable Mention
Essay by Hunter Class

Division 3 Division 4

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 3, 1st Place
Essay by Kayla Loyd

 

Click Here to read the Division 4, 1st Place (tied)
Essay by Cara Kirkpatrick

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 3, 2nd Place
Essay by Sarah Drury

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 4, 1st Place (tied)
Essay by Erica Bell

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 3, 3rd Place (tied)
Essay by Hannah Miler

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 4, 2nd Place
Essay by Tori Woodruff

   

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 3, 3rd Place (tied)
Esay by Grace Bayus

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 4, 3rd Place
Essay by Lily Kroencke

 

Click Here to read the Division 3,
Honorable Mention
Essay by Michael Durdak

 

 

 

Click Here to read the Division 4,
Honorable Mention

Essay by Harrison von Bargen

 

Click Here to read the Division 4,
Honorable Mention
Essay by Meghan McPerson

 
Congratulations to the 2014
Jerry Tolliffson Art Criticism Open Winners!
Division 1 Division 2

Click Here to read the Division 1, 1st place
Essay by Alaina Fisher

Click Here to read the Division 2, 1st place (tie)
Essay by Jade Hays

 

Click Here to read the Division 1, 2nd place (tie)
Essay by Cohen Ellis



Click Here to read the Division 2, 1st place (tie)
Essay by Molly Ragland

Click Here to read the Division 1, 2nd place (tie)
Essay by Kyleigh Sandker

Click Here to read the Division 2, 2nd place
Essay by Julia Enwright

Click Here to read the Division 1, 3rd place
Essay by Allison Burns

 

Click Here to read the Division 2, 3rd place
Essay by Lauren Hunter

 
 
Division 3
Division 4

Click Here to read the Division 3, 1st place
Essay by Matthew Brightbill

Click Here to read the Division 4, 1st place
Essay by Rachel Belford

 

Click Here to read the Division 3, 2nd place
Essay by Andrea DiAsio



Click Here to read the Division 4, 2nd place
Essay by Dru Batte

Click Here to read the Division 3, 3rd place
Essay by Loren Myer

Click Here to read the Division 4, 3rd place
Essay by Emily Kulas