2016 Award Honorees
2016 Outstanding New Professional Art Educator
Ms. Szekeres’ summers have been spent teaching art to students, including ceramics at Penn State School of Visual Arts Portfolio Camp, an intense program for high school age students. Additionally she spent two summers as a ceramics and drawing instructor at the Center For Arts and Crafts Summer Camp and as an aide at a summer reading program in her present elementary school position.
Proof of her abilities and energy are in the awards she has received, among them, Friends of Nebinger Teacher of the Year 2015, and the BillyPenn.com Who’s Next in Education: Top 16 in Philadelphia 2015. A 2007 Japan Memorial Fulbright
Scholar, she has presented at PAEA conferences and is on the planning committee for this 2016 PAEA Conference. She
is a member of the NAEA Special Needs in Art Education and NAEA Design Issues Group. Additionally she was named in
the National Who’s Who Among Teachers in 2005 and 2006.
Ms. Grace may be best known for her work with the Philadelphia Art Teacher Alliance (PATA), a group of teachers in the Philadelphia area that are interested in building a community of support, collaboration, and fellowship. Art, new ideas, lesson sharing and classroom management techniques are just a few of the rich topics of discussion promoted by this group. Ms. Grace has helped to promote this group through the use of social media, particularly through the PATA web site she built to keep art educators connected. An active blogger, she uses her classroom Instagram account to promote the arts. She is an advisory board member for the Graduate Art Education program at Moore College of Art and Design, and the Arts Department Chair and Community Liaison in her elementary school. In these fiscally unstable times Leslie Grace has raised over $22,000.00 for her classroom through personal donations and DonorsChoose, GoFundMe and the Dick Blick WishList
Ms. Lally actively advocates, and promotes visual arts education through ongoing learning and professional development opportunities, and by taking active leadership and service roles in her school district, region, and at the state and national level. She has been an active member of an arts advocacy group in Pittsburgh, The Arts Education Collaborative (AEC), for which she designed and developed Imagination, a framework for visual art education. Most recently she has participated as a coach for the AEC Pilot Induction Program. Diane co–authored a curriculum guide, 21st Century Visual Arts Curriculum Project K–12, supported by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, The William T. Hillman Foundation, Inc., and the PA Department of Education. In 1992, she was selected from a pool of 700 applicants as one of only 30 teachers to participate in the National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute on Renaissance Humanism, held in Florence, Italy. Ms. Lally has presented at numerous PAEA and NAEA conferences. She was also selected to be part of a team of fine arts teachers to receive the CLO 2005 Charles Gray Award for Special Achievement in Arts Education and serves on her district Strategic Visioning and Planning Steering Committee.
Wendy Osterweil has been an Associate Professor at Temple University since 2011 and has worked in various other capacities at the university since 2005. A printmaker and fiber artist who exhibits her work nationally, she has taught over 30 years in a number of schools, including the Germantown Academy, Shorewood Hills Elementary School and the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. As a developer of new programs, she has worked with universities, artist residencies, various workshop venues, and after school programs. Ms. Osterweil teaches professional art education development and studio workshops throughout the region and has presented at numerous NAEA and PAEA conferences. In 2009 she founded Prints Link Philadelphia, a coalition of community arts organizations, art centers, museums, schools, and teaching artists who develop curriculum and projects to educate, promote and exhibit the printmaking of children and teens in the region. She has community arts administration experience at Fleisher Art Memorial and Prints in Progress in Philadelphia. From 2009–2016, she has served on the board of the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation whose mission it is to make the arts accessible by giving grants to high quality arts programs in Philadelphia and by providing teaching artist workshops.
A prolific artist, Ms. Osterweil has exhibited her prints and fiber arts in numerous shows and more than ten galleries throughout the United States. She has illustrated books, book covers, magazine illustrations, newspaper illustrations and Leo Loves Round, a children’s book for Harbinger House in Tucson Arizona. She has been a participating artist in the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours since 2003, an exhibition juror at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a member of grant review panels in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
As Curator of Education at the Trout Gallery at Dickinson College, Dr. Heather Flaherty has been instrumental in building the educational program for the college students. She has increased educational opportunities for local school groups with after–school and weekend programs for youth, and for all community members.
As an Art History graduate, Dr. Flaherty interned at the Cloisters Museum of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Without special training, she began developing programs for special needs populations visiting the Cloisters and found that she had a special talent for museum teaching. With this same innovative commitment, she has grown the community outreach programs at the Trout Gallery with meaningful, interesting and educational programs for a variety of groups. Using current exhibits or specially curated programs, Dr. Flaherty develops high quality programs that are tailored to fit the needs of specific groups. She is particularly committed to preparing Dickinson College students to become leaders in the field of museum education through an internship program that teaches students how to research, prepare and execute programs independently. She develops relationships with her students giving them the tools, resources and support they need to build a solid foundation for a career in art and museum education.
Dr. Flaherty is also committed to the art community in Carlisle through the Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC). She gives lectures in their. Art Salon Lecture Series, led a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has volunteered at some of their important fundraising events. She regularly teaches classes for CALC ‘s after–school middle school program, ArtWorks!, and this summer she also partnered with them on a new summer camp for children ages 5–12.
Ann Marie Castelgrande began her career teaching elementary art and traveling to six schools in the Scranton School District where she worked for 35 years. A life–long learner, she completed her Masters at Marywood University and continued to enhance her skills with additional studio classes and educational workshops whenever possible. Ms. Castelgrande has always used her intellect, creativity and dedication to build quality art education programs at the public school level and with pre–service art educators at the university level. She has served PAEA as a dedicated Regional Representative, presenter at numerous conferences and also worked tirelessly on two state conferences, single-handedly chairing the conference in 2007. As an adjunct professor and later as the Art Education Department Coordinator at Marywood University, she supervised student teachers, mentored graduate students and still works with pre–service educators and art teachers through the planning of regional workshops and art events.
In 1992 Carrie Breschi and other community members saw a need to bring more visual arts into the community of Carlisle. This was the beginning of the Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC), a nonprofit entity that enriches the community by encouraging creativity and self–esteem through exploration and appreciation of the visual arts. CALC began offering a variety of courses for children and adults in a number of settings throughout the community, eventually purchasing a permanent home. Ms. Breschi served CALC in a number of positions before taking over as the Executive Director in 2004 after which she developed a failing arts center into a vibrant successful community organization and organized a major capital campaign to move the art center into a historic firehouse, that has proven to be a more effective and efficient space for CALC She oversaw the renovation of this new facility, which is now a state of the art gallery that provides extraordinary opportunities for community artists and arts learning.
In 2014 Ms. Breschi stepped down as Executive Director to became the Program Director at CALC and since then she has initiated ArtWorks!—an after school program and CONNECT—a summer camp for at risk teens. She has been a vibrant force in the community with many innovative programs, including a collaboration with Dickinson College to develop Works in the Windows a program to place local art work in vacant building windows, and Empty Bowls for Project SHARE which has raised over $50,000 for local food banks through the annual production of 200 handmade ceramic bowls. She has supported PAEA by judging both Youth Art Month flag designs and the Youth Art Month exhibit at the PA Dept. of Ed.. It is no wonder that in 2015, Ms. Breschi was named Volunteer of the Year by Hope Station, an abandoned train station that offers Saturday and after school programs for children in Carlisle.
Growing connections and communication between art educators was the goal of this year’s Regional Representative award recipients. Janet Riggio and Christina Daversa Hanawalt, from Region 4, used their Facebook page to keep art educators connected with each other by providing programs relevant to their rural south central Pennsylvania region. They posted announcements of PAEA happenings, art exhibits, learning workshops and more. Their planning and implementation of a year–long series relevant to their rural community has made them a perfect choice for our 2016 Outstanding Regional Representatives Award.
Indira Bailey is pursuing her doctorate in Art Education and Women’s Studies, Gender and Sexuality dual degree program at The Pennsylvania University in State College. Ms. Bailey is a veteran art educator and professional artist with over sixteen years experience. She has taught Commercial Illustration in a Career Technical Program, and has also taught art in community programs. She was a recipient of a Fulbright–Hayes Fellowship to South Africa and Morocco. Additionally, she received a Fulbright Memorial Fellowship to Japan and the Creative Currents Art Residency program in Portobelo, Panama. Ms. Bailey was also a finalist for the New Jersey Teacher of the Year in 2012 and has received national teacher fellowships promoting art education. She has a BFA in Commercial Illustration from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and an MA in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Kean University in Union, New Jersey.