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Denise Tullier-Holly named Art Educator of the Year

Contact: Christina Chapple


Denise Tullier-Holly

       HAMMOND – Denise Tullier-Holly, art educator at the Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School, has been named 2006 Southeastern Regional Art Educator of the Year by the National Association of Art Education.

       Tullier-Holly, a New Orleans native has been involved in the arts and arts education for the past 32 years. Her background includes a studio art degree from the University of Maryland (1975) and a master’s degree in education from Southeastern (2001), where she now works as the art educator for the University Laboratory School (K-8). She has also taught art to at-risk students through an after school program, SmartArt.

       Tullier-Holly received three consecutive Louisiana Youth Art Month Awards of Excellence (1999-2001) and was named Louisiana Art Educator of the Year in 2001. She served the NAEA Elementary Division as both Southeastern director and director-elect from 2001 to 2005. 

       Over the years, Tullier-Holly has made numerous presentations for the NAEA as well as the National Association of Laboratory Schools. Through university collaborations, she has presented at National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conferences. The Iowa Reading Association has also invited her to share her Kamishibai work at their annual statewide reading conference this spring.

       Her own artwork, which focuses on digital/mixed media and sculpture, has been exhibited regionally and in several NAEA Electronic Gallery exhibitions from New York to Denver. Most recently, her image, “Lakeview Belongings,” won a place in “DEBRIS,” the prominent Gulf Coast Regional Juried Exhibition focusing on the recent effects of Hurricane Katrina, at the Shaw Center for the Arts, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

       Before beginning her art education career of 14 years, Tullier-Holly was an active community volunteer whose was honored for her service as Hammond’s 1994 Citizen of the Year. In a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in 2001, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities presented her with the prestigious “Special Humanities Award” for her passion and devotion to her community and the arts.

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