Jerry Tollifson was one of the Ohio Art Education Association’s most long-standing, beloved, and influential members. His long and colorful career as an artist and educator inspired countless students and teachers across the state. The Jerry Tollifson Art Criticism Open is one way his legacy continues to encourage and shape art students and teachers today.
Jerry conceived this writing competition as an annual opportunity to recognize students for their ability to articulate and compose critical responses to artworks. He promoted the idea that exercising critical thinking and careful observation while discovering an artwork’s deeper meanings empowered students to also build self-discipline and confidence. He saw the competition as another way to engage students in observing, perceiving, analyzing, and interpreting—abilities that show up repeatedly in the Ohio Fine Arts Learning Standards and National Visual Arts Standards, and also have practical relevance in other academic areas and as life skills.
This competition is open to students of all Ohio Art Education Association members in grades one through twelve. Prizes will be awarded at four division categories: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Entries will be judged, blind, by three invited volunteers using the scoring rubric available on the OAEA website. Students with winning entries will be recognized at the OAEA Youth Art Month Celebration in March held at the STRS Building in Columbus. Winning entries will also be featured in an upcoming issue of ArtLine and showcased on the OAEA website.
New this year! The following artworks are to be used for Jerry Tollifson Art Criticism Open. Students are to write their critiques using these images as visual references. Each grade level division has two images for students to choose from.
2019 JTACO Artwork & Artists by Divisions Theme: American Dreams