Pleasant Grove senior wins prestigious art award

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Anna Johnson — Courtesy: Pleasant Grove ISD Communications

TEXARKANA — Pleasant Grove High School senior Anna Johnson received the 2022 Rising Stars Secondary Recognition Program Award from the National Art Education Association.

The award is determined through a peer review of nominations, promotes art education as a career by recognizing talented, active National Honor Society Members. The award was
presented at the NAEA National Convention in New York City March 3-5, 2022.

Pleasant Grove High School art teacher Nicole Brisco says that Anna is “highly deserving” of the award and honor.

“She has consistently grown in her processes, showing the ability to be innovative, and pushed herself for the past four years,” Brisco said. “NAEA has selected an outstanding representative for the National Rising Star.”

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The NAEA was founded in 1947 and is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle, and high school visual arts educators; college and university professors; university students preparing to become art educators; researchers and scholars; teaching artists; administrators and supervisors; and art museum educators — as well as more than 54,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society.

Each year one visual arts student is selected through an art portfolio, academic record, essay, and letters of recommendation. Student portfolios consist of artworks that not only have technical merit, but also high levels of creativity and innovation. This portfolio exemplifies the top work in the nation.