News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, March 27, 2014
Catherine Ring named Art Advocate of the Year

Stonington artist named Art Advocate of 2014

Catherine Ring, executive director of the New England Institute for Teacher Education in Stonington, Maine, received the 2014 Art Advocacy of the Year Award from the Maine Art Education Association.

Photo courtesy of MAEA

The Maine Art Education Association has named Catherine Ring of Stonington to receive the 2014 Art Advocacy of the Year Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to advocacy in the field of art education, according to a news release from MAEA. The award was presented at the Portland Museum of Art’s Youth Art Month Celebration in March.

“It is an honor for our organization to recognize Catherine as our Art Advocate,” said MAEA President Heidi O’Donnell. “In reviewing the candidates, the discussion surrounding her nomination was met with immediate and overwhelming support. Her endorsement of arts education has had positive statewide impact. We look forward to what she will continue to offer.”

The Maine Art Education Association is a professional association for art educators in Maine. 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 teaching artists throughout Maine.

Ring is the executive director of the New England Institute for Teacher Education, in Stonington, and serves on the Leadership Team of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. She is the former principal at Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School.