Art Education Awards  

December 19, 2016

Dan Garringer, Sunrise Middle School Art Educator for Kearney Public Schools, and Jerome Dubas Grand Island Senior High Art Educator were recently awarded the Nebraska Art Teachers’ Association (NATA) ESU 10 Art Educator Award at the organization’s Fall Conference in McCook. Both teachers represent schools that are members of the Educational Service Unit 10 and are very involved in exemplary activities in their schools as well as the community.

Over a twenty-six year career, Dan has shared his art expertise at all grade levels, has been a leader in curriculum writing and staff development initiatives, and brought the talents of youth to the community through numerous exhibitions including annually at the Museum of Nebraska Art.  Beyond the classroom Dan has not only built a reputation as a respected producing and exhibiting artist across the region, he has contributed to the area art culture as coordinator of the Heritage Days Annual Art Exhibit at Yanney Park in Kearney and as the Director for Art in the Park for the last six years of a forty five year long Kearney art community tradition; both events which are grand undertakings yet very successful ventures.
Jerome Dubas has been a long-standing art educator for the Grand Island School District and has also served as an adjunct instructor at Hastings College, Hastings, NE. His work with students has been closely tied to the people of the community in many ways, most recently as a part of “The Inside-Out Public Art Project” where large portraits of local citizens from all walks of life were applied to the walls of downtown businesses. Mr. Dubas also presents and helps with the Nebraska Art Teachers’ Association, pre-service teachers Spring Forum and is highly respected by University leaders across the state.  

The Nebraska Art Teachers’ Association is proud to have Dan and Jerome represent the organization as such passionate, dedicated art innovators in the classroom and community, reaching so many lives with their desire to serve.