Gallery 37 Lead Master Artist Named Educator of the Year by National Art Education Association Arizona

Ryan Williams, Senior Artist and Curriculum Director at West Valley Arts Council Gallery 37, has been named Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association Arizona.

Williams is a visual arts teacher and director of the Conservatory of Arts and Design at Goodyear’s Desert Edge High School.

Gallery 37 is West Valley Art’s award-winning summer youth public art program for students ages 15-18 who work with professional artists to design, develop and install permanent public art for a town in the West Valley. Since 2001, more than 250 Arizona students have participated in the program.

“There is no greater testament to your exemplary contributions to the field of visual arts education than to be chosen for this prestigious award,” wrote Mario Rossero, executive director of the National Art Education Association, in Williams’ congratulatory letter. “Your colleagues in the United States and abroad join the NAEA Board of Directors in applauding your leadership, commitment, and service to the profession.”

The award will be presented in a ceremony at the Pacific Region Awards Ceremony in New York City on March 5.

“Ryan is an extremely dedicated, creative and engaged educator who has had a significant impact on the lives of many young people,” said Sandra Bassett, President and CEO of West Valley Arts. “What’s even more compelling is that the artwork created by these young students will forever be displayed in the communities of the West Valley. It’s quite a legacy.”

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