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Houk Award

Pamela Houk’s work in art education, her vision and ideals for the development of an interactive space within the art museum were brought to life in 1976 with the opening of The Lange Family Experiencenter. This gallery space for children and families is based on the concept that people learn more effectively and gain a better understanding of the creative process by being actively involved. As the originator and Curator of The Lange Family Experiencenter for 23 years, Pamela Houk’s contribution to advancing art education for all ages was outstanding. To recognize her achievement and contribution to art education the Pamela P. Houk Award for Excellence in Art Education was developed.

2016 Recipient: Julie Anderson

Houk Award WinnerJulie Anderson (pictured, left, with Curator of Education Susan Martis) is the recipient of the 2016 Pamela P. Houk Award for Excellence in Art Education. Julie’s commitment to the arts, to teaching and to the urban students she serves has set her apart as an inspiration to her colleagues, students, and the community. Julie is an instructor and Visual Arts Director for Stivers School for the Arts, where she began as a painting adjunct and gallery director in 2001. Since then, Julie has been key in furthering the rigor and availability of arts education at Stivers and was instrumental in the implementation of an Advanced Placement Studio Art curriculum for Stivers’ students.

Julie’s commitment to teaching goes beyond the classroom: she has assisted in developing an Arts Extended Day program and coordinated Arts Summer Studio Intensives for Stivers; served as co-director of Region 12 for the Governor’s Youth Art Competition and coordinates the annual Stivers Celebrates live painting performances. Her attention and commitment to her students is extraordinary and includes weekends, long talks and organizing trips to Europe for her AP students. In addition, Julie is a practicing artist who exhibits her artwork in area galleries. She is frequently recognized as a teacher of Congressional Art Award winners and was the recipient of a SURDNA Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship in 2009.

Throughout Julie’s career she has dedicated herself to the hard work of bringing out the best in her students and in developing their skills, aesthetic literacy and creative vision. Julie’s vision is that a strong visual art education should be a part of every curriculum and accessible to all students. She strives through all the numerous ways she engages with students and her community to develop students who are versatile and strong individuals equipped to be productive and contributing members of society.

Nomination Process

Individuals who have successfully developed, implemented and managed a
program that has contributed to the advancement of art education in
southwestern Ohio are eligible to be nominated for this award.
Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by someone familiar with
their initiative. For more information about the Houk Award and the
nomination process, contact Christine Fleming, at 937-223-5277, ext. 335 or

The Houk Award winner is announced at The DAI's Annual Meeting in February each year.

Past Houk Award Winners

2015: Curtis Barnes Sr.

2014: Jennifer Farrington, Art Educator

2013: James Pate, Artist and Art Educator

2012: Jennifer Austin Jennings, Artist and Art Educator

2011: Langston Watras, Art Educator at Patterson-Kennedy PreK-8 School in Dayton

2010: Suzanne Mitolo, K-1 Teacher at Centerville Primary
Village South / Reggio Method

2009: Willis Bing Davis, Founder and President of Davis Art
Studio and EbonNia Gallery

2008: Jerri Stanard, Founder and Director of K-12 Gallery 

2007: John Polston, Retired Art Teacher and Department Chair, Sinclair
Community College

2006: Lizabeth Whipps, Coordinator of Arts Magnet Program at
Stivers School for the Arts

2005: Award was not presented

2004: Viriginia Burroughs, Art Educator, Dayton Public Schools

2003: John Virgint, Gifted Coordinator for Bradford Schools, Bradford, OH

2002: Tommy Rueff, Developer of Happen, Inc., Cincinnati

2001: Gladys Williams, Accessible Arts Coordinator, Wright State University

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