Rio Adjunct Instructor Receives Art Education Award


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Monday, December 19, 2022
text: Rio Adjunct Instructor Receives State Education Honors. Photo of Dawn Chamberlain
Dawn Chamberlain
Dawn Chamberlain

By Mira Radovich, Senior Contributing Writer

Congratulations to Rio Salado College adjunct faculty member Dawn Chamberlain who recently received the Arizona Art Education Association (AAEA)’s Art Educator Award-Secondary Education Division.

Each year the AAEA recognizes those who have gone above and beyond in their service to the field of art education

Chamberlain received the award at the AAEA annual state conference in November.

“I am very grateful to be recognized for this award,” Chamberlain said. “I have passionately worked in art education for 28 years, and it is an honor to be nominated and appreciated for my service through this award.”

Chamberlain joined Rio Salado’s Educator Preparation program as an adjunct instructor in 2016. She has taught at Thunderbird High School, part of the Glendale Union High School District, since 1995.

“I enjoy being able to help inspiring educators, passionate about teaching the arts, hone their skills in the classroom,” Chamberlain said. “I also teach educators from other content areas to integrate art into their curriculum. I enjoy all the creative activities and ideas. It is exciting!”

Chamberlain’s interest in art began early. She worked as a freelance photographer in college and has continued to create art through all media. 

“Photography and mixed media are my favorite mediums,” Chamberlain said. “I like to experiment and intuitively create art. Both of these media allow me to build and explore each artwork.”


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