(November 11, 2016) – Armstrong State University Art, Music and Theatre Department Head Tom L. Cato, Ed.D., received the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) Distinguished Service within the Profession Award. This award recognizes an outstanding GAEA member for exemplary contributions, service and achievement at the state level. The award was presented at the annual convention in Gainesville, Ga., on October 15.
“This award recognizes a high level of professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator,” said GAEA President Lauren Phillips. “Dr. Cato exemplifies the high quality of individuals involved in the field of art education today: leaders, teachers, students and advocates who give their very best to the profession. We are proud to recognize Tom Cato.”
GAEA’s membership includes elementary, secondary and college level art educators in public and private schools. The organization is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the highest degree of quality instruction in visual arts programs throughout the state of Georgia.
Cato, who has been a professor at Armstrong since 2003, earned an Ed.D in Art Education from the University of Georgia, as well as a M.Ed. in Administration/Supervision and a B.F.A in Art from Valdosta State University.