“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism” – Colleen Wilcox
Established in 1998, the Callanan Excellence in Teaching Award honors a high school, college, or postgraduate teacher’s dedication and commitment to their students and field. Educators in all areas of photographic teaching are eligible – including fine art, documentary, history, and criticism. In honor of their exemplary teaching skills and techniques the Teaching Award recipient receives $5,000 in financial support, participation in the 2021 Review Santa Fe portfolio reviews, and a CENTER Supporting Level Membership.
Nominations are due in the Summer annually and are free to submit. Students are invited to nominate educators by submitting an email, limited to three paragraphs, describing why this educator deserves the award by July 1, 2021. Educators must be nominated by their student(s) or colleague to be considered.
EDUCATORS MUST POSSESS:
// A genuine passion for teaching
// An ability to excite students to learn
// A respect for students as individuals
// An enduring artistic curiosity
NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED – ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER
2020 AWARD WINNER & 2021 JUROR
Frank Lopez // Photographer & Teacher, Greenhill School, Addison, TX // franklopez.com
“I have spent the last 20 years learning as much as I have taught and am always searching to navigate the complexities of our current day young people. The students in the Greenhill Honors Program have taught me valuable lessons as much as I have brought solutions to their everyday questions. Together, we work through issues that need to be discussed – issues that remain at the forefront of student experience and life.”
Learn more about Lopez’s work as a Photographer & Teacher from the Oct. 17, 2020 Photographer Presentations.
FROM THE 2020 STUDENT NOMINATIONS:
“Mr. Lopez helps his students use photography to grow as young people in the current world environment, which is often hard to navigate and completely overwhelming. He does this by encouraging us to express ourselves through our images. He has always preached for our work to carry some meaning… and I believe this is what’s made our school photography program exceptional: the unique and diverse stories behind our images.
My honors photography class was diverse not only in race, gender, socioeconomic class, etc., but also in thought. Mr. Lopez truly welcomed this diversity and wanted us to teach each other about our unique life experiences through our photographs.”
Thanks to a generous donor in 2020, the Excellence in Teaching Award has been renamed to the Callanan Excellence in Teaching Award, after our Founder Reid Callanan, and will be supporting dedicated educators annually.
Thank you for the future support of the Teaching Award.