Houk Award

Each year, DAI selects an outstanding and inspirational educator to receive the distinguished Houk Award, with selections made through a nomination and panel process. The recipient is presented with the award at the DAI’s annual meeting and receives permanent recognition in The Lange Family Experiencenter.

We encourage you to nominate an educator in the greater Miami Valley area who excels in the field of art education.

This year, the nomination process will be entirely online. Please complete the online nomination form found here. The deadline for nominations is December 2, 2020.

Once nominated, educators will be contacted to submit further application materials such as a resume, statement of teaching philosophy, and one letter of recommendation.

For more information about the Houk Award, contact Lead Museum Educator Casey Goldman, at cgoldman@daytonart.org.

Houk Award presentation

2020 Houk Award Winner: Matt Flick
Matt Flick (pictured above) was presented with the 2020 Pamela P. Houk Award for Excellence in Education at the DAI’s Annual Meeting on February 27, 2020.

Matt has served as an instructor and administrator at The Modern College of Design for nearly 20 years. He is committed to ensuring The Modern’s curriculum is aligned with employers’ needs and prepares students for successful careers in the design industry. Matt’s dedication to creativity and helping students succeed has helped The Modern grow into one of the top design colleges in the nation.

Matt has made a significant impact by inspiring a generation of designers and mentoring countless art instructors. Matt’s students are working for some of the world’s leading brands such as Apple, Nike, Pandora, and Reddit. GDUSA magazine named Matt an Educator to Watch in 2017, and he was featured as one of 29 People to Watch by GDUSA in 2013. Matt was named Educator of the Year by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Dayton in 2009 and 2012.

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