Lana Hiskey

The National Art Education Association has named Jethro D. Gillespie, of Spanish Fork, UT, to receive the 2013 Utah Art Educator of the Year Award.  Mr. Gillespie teaches at Maple Mountain High School. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, honors an outstanding member from each state or province association whose service and contribution to art education merits recognition and acclaim. 

When asked about his award, Mr. Gillespie said that he enjoys teaching art to students, and that he feels lucky to be recognized for doing what he loves. Students enjoy taking classes from Mr. Gillespie because he knows art, and he knows how to make it fun.

NAEA President, F. Robert Sabol states, "This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Jethro Gillespie exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to the profession."

NAEA is the professional association for art educators. Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in our nation’s fine art museums, administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts, state departments of education, arts councils; and artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries. 

For more information about the association and its awards program visit the NAEA website at