JJC Hosts High School Art Exhibition Through Dec. 13

"Turtle Tea Time," by Rebecca McKee of Morris Community High School

A turtle tea pot sculpture, a cleverly painted guitar, and many more creative works of art are now on display at the Area High School Exhibition at Joliet Junior College’s Laura A. Sprague Gallery on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet, from Nov. 12-27 and Dec. 2-13. The gallery is open for public viewing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. High school instructors from the 23 participating schools selected the 112 works of art currently on display.

Click here to view a photo gallery of JJC’s 2013 High School Art Exhibition

All participants will be recognized at an awards ceremony open to the public in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. After the ceremony, the Fine Arts Department will host an open house where students and others can view JJC’s art studios and speak with professors.

JJC’s Area High School Exhibition is an annual show put on each year to encourage and positively impact young artists to continue developing their talents.

"A House is Worth a Thousand Words," by Megan McDonough of Plainfield South High School. (Award of Excellence)

“I think one of the things this show helps students young in their careers realize is that it’s one thing to make art, but another thing to show it,” said JJC Gallery Director Joe Milosevich. “Showing your work is a significant part of being an artist. Making it is very important, but exhibiting your work is part of the creative process. Other people need to see it and experience it. This show is most likely the first time that they’ve shown in a professional venue.”

Milosevich said this year’s exhibit is different from past years because of the interesting amount of three-dimensional art on display. Milosevich said 3-D displays have become increasingly popular throughout the years, and has therefore created a more balanced exhibition.

“One thing that stands out is the sculpture entries are especially strong this year,” Milosevich said. “We have some strong two dimensional artwork as well. We have a competitive show every year.”

Eighteen pieces have been given Awards of Excellence by JJC studio art faculty, and will be recognized at the Dec. 5 awards ceremony. Awards of Excellence pieces have also been marked in the gallery.

For more information about the Laura A. Sprague Gallery or the JJC Fine Arts Department, visit www.jjc.edu/info/fine-arts.

High school participants in this year’s show include:

Bolingbrook High School
Michael Caceros, Maritz Coronel, Victoria Demichel, Valeria Ortega, and Andres Terriques of Bolingbrook.

Coal City High School
Darion Hess, Olivia Jakubowski, Carly McGinn, and Melissa Moore of Coal City; Hayley Holmes of Morris.

Dwight Township High School
Ahnamarie Brady-Herbst, Karsen Kopmann, Sarai Lopez, and Hannah Trainor of Dwight.

Joliet Catholic Academy
Jake Ancel, Marguerite Ernst, and Meg McNulty of Plainfield; Iliana Casillas of Joliet; Jared Lenoir of Bolingbrook.

Joliet Central High School
Margaret Elizabeth Carey, Maria Cisneros, Brenda De La Cerida, Ruth Holmes, and Tatiana Sepeda of Joliet.

Joliet West High School
Tasha Brown-Davis, Rosy Landeros, and Rebekah Salazar of Joliet; Savannah Gonzalez of Plainfield.

Lincoln-Way Central High School
Savanna Allen, Megan DePaula, and Becca Kahney of Manhattan; Emily Marfileno of New Lenox; Paige Payne of Mokena.

Lincoln-Way East High School
Tracy Danet, Dayna Grybas, and Justas Varpucanskis of Mokena; Lexi Rogien and Alyssa Ruvoli of Frankfort.

Lincoln-Way North High School
Mary Ciszek and Kayla Wolfe of Mokena; Angela Dizon and Shoshana McClarence of Frankort; Crystal Thorns of Tinley Park.

Lincoln-Way West High School
Jessica Karlic of Mokena; Rachel Lindsay, Samantha Perillo, and Brianna Rose of New Lenox; Annaliese Mrazek of Joliet.

Lockport Township High School
Jennifer Fitak, Leah Weis, and Jessica Woyner of Lockport; Emily Schoop of Crest Hill; Julie Wilk of Homer Glen.

Minooka Community High School
Erin Boyle, Ashley Brown, Emily Knapp, Julie Nguyen, and Heather Smith of Minooka.

Morris Community High School
Skylar Easson, Alexis Halcomb, Rebecca McKee, Meghan Miller, and Karys Olsen of Morris.

Oswego High School
Meaghann Ashman of Montgomery; Charlotte Benstine, Ailysh Cooper, Tia McCarthy, and Rachel Strandell of Oswego.

Oswego East High School
Sabrina Gillette-Harris of Plainfield; Lesly Lopez of Oswego; Ryan O’Neill and Celina Rossi of Aurora; Colin Skyes of Joliet.

Plainfield East High School
Cynthia Alvarez-Manzo, Claire Krientz, and Lauren Turk of Plainfield; Emilia Lozowska of Romeoville; Mikaela Saul of Bolingbrook.

Plainfield North High School
Mikayla Clark, Audrey Hansa, Clarisa Hernandez, Ashlen Juergens, and Tessa Leyson, all of Plainfield.

Plainfield South High School
Megan Andrist, Ashley Flores, Megan McDonough, Chloe Perez, and Felicia Soto, all of Plainfield.

Premier Academy
Steven Jones and Anna Kneller of Morris.

Providence Catholic High School
Julie Baffoe and Maia Zalik of Orland Park; Emily Guidarelli of Plainfield; Madi Jager of Mokena.

Reed-Custer High School
Dan Becker of Essex; Arianna Garcia, Paige Lutes, Chelsey Shorkey, and Justin Wagner of Braidwood.

Wilmington High School
Brianna Boynton, Alexis Ivec, and Allyson Weier of Wilmington.

Yorkville High School
Luis Johnson of Plano; Owen Lydon, Anthony Neuendorf, Sigrid Piszczek, and Nolan Tweedy of Yorkville.

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