Art & Art History ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-27-2020


Recognition of their early artistic accomplishments starts many young people on a path leading to adult success in art, but art learning opportunities and talent recognition may be afforded inequitably. In this records-based quantitative study, the researcher looks for evidence of inequity as it may appear in the context of the 2020 New Mexico Scholastic Art Awards (NMSAA), a regional partner of a high-profile national art contest, with 1,016 entries from 394 students in Grades 7-12 in 50 schools. NMSAA stands as an aspirational art achievement measure providing information about the highest levels of art achievement. The results support the hypothesis that the contest would recognize art talent unequally to students of high and low socioeconomic status, but with only a small effect size (≈ .20), suggesting that in this context some unkown factors were working for equity, with implications for future studies of aspirational art assessment.



Document Type


Degree Name

Art Education

Level of Degree


Department Name

UNM Department of Art and Art History

First Committee Member (Chair)

Justin Makemson, PhD

Second Committee Member

Nancy Pauly PhD

Third Committee Member

Traci Quinn, PhD


art talent, recognition, equity, socioeconomic status, art achievement, art excellence gap