Allen B. Caucutt
MA Art Education `63, BA Art Education `57
Art Educator, Artist, Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
An Art Educator for over 50 years, including public schools, technical college, university and television, Allen Caucutt has mentored 160 student teachers. He was the featured artist for the Channel 10/36 Annual Auction in 1986 and the first artist to appear in Milwaukee Public School's Educational Television Classes. Still a producing artist, he has major artworks in over 75 public venues and over 1,500 major art works in private collections. Allen's passion for art and education has been life-long.
A recurring theme in the numerous recommendation letters supporting his award nomination is that Allen does not just teach his students, he inspires them by example through demonstrating daily acts of respect to them and showing genuine interest in their personal lives – treating each and every one as if they are a part of his family. He shows his students that the environment they create for their students is crucial to learning – that each student should feel welcome, safe, appreciated, valued and loved.
In May of 1999, Allen was awarded the Citation for Distinguished Teaching in the State of Wisconsin by both the Wisconsin State Assembly and The Wisconsin State Senate. In that same year, when Allen "retired" from his 42-year career as an elementary school art teacher, there was no doubt that retirement simply meant transition. At his current age of 74, Allen still teaches two undergraduate classes at UWM each semester, is a regular guest speaker to classes and community organizations, is a volunteer, visiting artist-teacher at an elementary school in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and is a producing artist, and serves as a juror and exhibitor at art events. In 2006, Allen received the UWM Peck School of the Arts Outstanding Service to the Arts Award on the occasion of his 50th anniversary of teaching.
His nominator summarized it well by writing: "...Allen applies himself in his art, career, community activities and his personal life with an untiring and unshakable zeal that is unique, with a 'my cup is always full' attitude in hopes that he may touch just one more person…improve just one more life…encourage just one more career…or help just one more person achieve their best."