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.