Harry Bower

Art Educators of New Jersey – Award for the Distinguished Achievement

The Distinguished Achievement award was established to honor a member of the association whose long-term dedication to the visual art profession and dedication to AENJ goals, leadership and teaching experiences are recognized as exemplary, this year’s award goes to Harry Bower.

Many know Harry as the man behind the “presenters booth” in the lobby each year at conference. They also may know Harry from the many artist’s workshops he’s given at our conference. Those of us on the conference committee know we can always rely on Harry to get the job done and keep us laughing.

Harry taught Art for 29 years in the Toms River Regional School District. He was an AENJ High School Division Award recipient and served on the AENJ Executive Board as Secretary. After he retired, Harry received numerous artists foundation and residency grants from: The Geraldine Dodge Foundation, the Fulbright Memorial Foundation, and the Artist-Teachers Institute to name a few, and that he has a long list of conducting artists’ workshops, at the Arts Council of

Princeton, Caldwell College, Montclair Museum of Art, the Noyes Museum of Art, Rowan University, Peters Valley School of Craft, the Dunedin Fine Arts Work Center in Florida and, the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

Harry has served as a Curator and Art Committee Chair for the John F. Peto Studio Museum in Island Heights NJ. Today he is a board member. In his spare time he continues to offer workshops were you can expect to be challenged technically and artistically. Harry teaches with such clarity, you are sure to succeed at even the most complex of technical processes.

We feel very fortunate to have an artist of Harry’s caliber working alongside us each year.

Congratulations Harry!

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.