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2017 Art Educator of the Year


Randall Robart

 Executive Director of the Ohio Arts Alliance Donna Collins writes, “The roles and responsibilities of someone who receives the Ohio Art Educator of the Year award from the Ohio Art Education Association are quite complex. The individual needs to exemplify the profession of teaching—putting students first. The person needs to work hard at teaching and growing the profession—being active in their professional organization. The teacher needs to understand the value of others and the value of self—making art and making time for the important things at work and in life. Mr. Robart is the right person.”

- Donna Collins


Randy Robart's Accomplishments

2015 OAEA State Conference Coordinator

2013 - 2014 OAEA President

2010 - 2011 OAEA First Vice President

2009 Elected Board Member

2009 East Central Regional Director

2006 - 2007 East Central Public Relations Chair

OAEA Conference Presnter

27-year Member of OAEA

2016 - present Art-O-Mat Artist – locations nationwide

1999 - present Wayne Area Group Effect Member

2014 - 2015 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibit Advisory Board of Directors

2014 Developed, created and published "Stories from the Heart" art advocay film

2014 NAEA Conference Presenter

2012 - 2015 NAEA Delegate

2008 - 2011 O.D.E. Member of Committee for Art and Innovative Thinking

1993 - 1998 Written and Received Grants

Exhibited in 29 Juried Art Exhibits

2016 OAEA Advocacy Award with Honor

2015 OAEA Inductee as Distinguished Fellow

2006 OAEA Secondary Division Award

2003 ECOAEA Outstanding Art Teacher


Randy explains his core set of beliefs about living creatively and teaching others to be creative. Developed over the years, creativity has led to his personal set of beliefs:

  1. I believe in the power of art to transform lives.
  2. I believe in art making. The physical and intellectual levels move the usual into the unusual and beyond, developing thought processes into authentic creative learning experiences whether individual or collaborative.
  3. I believe visual literacy learned through art making is a vital component of a comprehensive K – 12 education.
  4. I believe art educators not only teach, but do so by creating safe environments for all individuals; contributing to future generations' wellness, education, economy, and society in general.
  5. I believe art education is enabled, enriched and promoted through art advocacy.



The OAEA Art Educator of the Year award is a lifetime achievement award  presented to art educators who have often already received previous OAEA awards within their region and/or division.  These individuals have exhibited dedication and commitment to OAEA and art education over an extended period of years. It is the highest award the Ohio Art Education Association has to offer. 

  • Nominee for the OAEA Art Educator of the Year Award must:
  • Have served at least 10 years within the field of art education.
  • Be a member in good standing of OAEA for a minimum of seven (7) years as of Dec.1st.
  • Have developed a philosophy and theory of art teaching that is consistently reflected both in and outside the classroom.
  • Be actively engaged in the field of art education through research, development of literature in the field, and exploration of current issues. 
  • Be a leader in developing innovative curricula and methodology.
  • Show leadership at the state or national level. Nominee shall be active in state and/or national activities. State does not relate to local/regional affiliations. National activities shall include, but not be limited to state and national affiliation and beyond.
  • Show commitment and dedication to the field through understanding, compassion, and helpfulness to students and colleagues.
  • Be professionally active by publishing articles concerning art education, giving speeches in support of art education and/or the  arts, and/or continue to create art and exhibit their own artwork.  
  • Be willing to become a member of NAEA upon receiving OAEA Art Educator of the Year Award.
  • Agree to be present at the annual conference to receive the award.

 Selection Procedure

  • Nominations for Ohio Art Educator of the Year may begin in the ARTline editions for summer and fall. All nomination forms must be submitted online by the close of the annual OAEA Conference.
  • All nomination forms must include nominee’s full address and telephone number. The Awards Chairperson will issue the Standardized Vita Form and Nomination Materials Request Form to the nominee by December 1st.
  • All information must be submitted, via online form, to the Regional Director by January 31.  
  • A committee appointed by the Awards Chairperson will review the nominations and the criteria to determine the finalists.
  • Finalists will appear in the OAEA Eblast for digital membership vote in April/May.
  • Recipient of the Award will be announced on the OAEA website and at the Fall Conference.

Required Forms (these are writable pdf's)