Jillian Hauer
Jillian Hauer 2020 NJ Governor's Award Winner for Fine Arts
Jillian Hauer

Jillian Hauer

Art Educators of New Jersey – High School Scholarship Award

My name is Jillian Hauer, and I will be graduating from Steinert High School in 2020. Art wasn’t my passion until I met my art teacher, Mrs. Singleton. She saw something that I didn’t see in myself and during my freshman year, I had a piece win a county and then state level art competition, where it then went to exhibit all over the state for a year. From there, I realized art could be more than an interest. During my four years, I’ve had the honor to be a founding member of our National Art Honor Society, where I served as a Chairman, Vice-President, and President, President of Spanish Club, a member of our diversity club, and a member of Hamilton N.EW.S, a club dedicated to breaking down stereotypes between all three high schools. I’ve also received several Teen Arts County Awards, Youth Art Month County Exhibits Awards, Congressional Art Awards, and most notably, an AENJ High School Scholarship. After high school, I will be attending Arcadia University to major in Art History and minor in Art Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Studies to one day become an art museum curator.

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.