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Judy Chicago Art Education Award invites applicants

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In honor of artist, author and educator Judy Chicago and her many varied accomplishments, including "The Dinner Party," Through the Flower — working with the Penn State School of Visual Arts — has established an award for outstanding educators who have developed projects related to "The Dinner Party" K-12 Curriculum or other materials in the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection.

This award — which consists of a check for $1,000 and a certificate — is given annually and administered by the Penn State School of Visual Arts.

Criteria: A project with students that utilizes the underlying principles of "The Dinner Party" Curriculum Project or other materials in the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection and furthers the goals of Judy Chicago, Through the Flower and "The Dinner Party," i.e., to extend understanding of and appreciation for the achievements of women. It is open to all teachers with preference given to those projects that most embody feminist goals.

Submissions can be uploaded digitally at by Feb. 1. For files larger than 10 MB, use WeTransfer and send the files to Karen Keifer-Boyd at See instructions here. Please include your name and your submission ID in files. (After submitting your curriculum project, you will receive an email with your submission ID.)

Submissions must include:

  • First page: Title of project and full contact information (name, email address, phone number and mailing address).
  • Project overview (not to exceed 500 words) that emphasizes how the underlying principles of "The Dinner Party" Curriculum Project or other materials in the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection were used in your project, specifically what was used, the significance of the project, who was involved and when, and the demonstrated impact of the project.
  • Documentation (minimum of two to five supporting materials, not to exceed 10 items) may include: video or photographs of the process, artwork or exhibition; student essays; interviews with students; selected quotes by students and others engaged in the project; planning documents; journal reflections; teaching resources; press coverage; examples of scholarship. Please note that you must have written permission to include student work (written or visual), and photos or audio-visual recordings of students. If students are younger than 18 years of age, a parent or guardian of the student must also grant permission. The permission form is linked here

The award is sponsored by Through the Flower and the Penn State School of Visual Arts Art Education Program. For questions or more information on the award, contact Karen Keifer-Boyd at

Since 2011, the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection has been housed in the Penn State University Archives in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library. It includes videos, photographs and notes on Chicago’s teaching projects. The collection includes online The Dinner Party Curriculum Project, developed by Marilyn Stewart, Peg Speirs and Carrie Nordlund, under the directorship of Marilyn Stewart, and in collaboration with Judy Chicago and Constance Bumgarner Gee. It was given by the Through the Flower organization to Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture for stewardship by the Art Education program.

Judy Chicago Art Education Award Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated November 17, 2015