South Dakota Art Educators Conference

The first-ever statewide conference of South Dakota arts educators in K-12 through higher education

South Dakota Art Educators Conference

Oct. 6-7, 2017

Northern State University


Members of the South Dakota Arts Education Association (SDAEA) and South Dakota College Art Association (SDCAA) - together for the first time at this conference - can plan to learn from, share and strengthen partnerships with arts educators at all levels across the state.



SDAEA members will enjoy workshop/credit sessions. SDCAA associates can choose from informative sessions on a variety of topics, including artistic practice and common arts issues in our state.



Don't miss this outstanding opportunity to meet new colleagues, form lasting partnerships and build on relationships within the South Dakota art educator community!


My Place

410 S. Harvard St., Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


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Ramkota Hotel Best Western

1400 Eighth Ave. N.W., Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


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Keynote Speaker George Szekely



Area Head-Art Education

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ken.

Since 1969, Dr. George Szekely has pioneered creative principles and methodologies in the field of art teaching.  As an author and researcher, Dr. Szekely has won the Manuel Barkan Prize, the Viktor Lowenfeld Award, and the Marion Dixon Award. George Szekely is a Distinguished Fellow and President-elect of the NAEA.

Dr. Szekely has authored twelve books and more than one hundred journal and magazine articles.  He is frequently in demand for his unique performance-style keynote presentations.  Szekely’s contributions to teacher education are best exemplified in his Adopt-a-School project, the first-field based art education program in the nation, now a widely emulated and award-winning model for preparing future art teachers. 

Dr. Szekely’s writings were among the first to emphasize the importance of children’s play and home art in artistic development and as a foundation of school art.  Szekely’s writings and films create vivid portraits of significant creative moments in children’s lives and celebrate the artist in every child.  In Szekely’s opinion, young artists forecast the art world of the future and require a timeless curriculum based on learning from children themselves.  Szekely’s research continues to question the current wisdom of only presenting adult images, techniques, and ideas to art classes.


Registration is open through Oct. 7. Register online or at the event.



Conference Schedule
workshops and presentations
Art Educators' Small works Exhibit

Conference participants have contributed small works for an exhibit, scheduled Sept. 18-Oct. 7 in the Student Center Gallery.


A closing reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6 in the gallery.