By TONIA HILL
Local high school art students in Hyde Park from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Laboratory High School, 1362 E. 59th St., and Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., showcased their artwork at the fourth annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE) Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Zhou B Art Center 1029 W. 35th St., and Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St.
Lab School student Marcelo Gutierrez received an early college scholarship to the University of Michigan and the Bronze Award in the Design Category for his design and 3D printed race car.
Lab School student James Woodruff received an early college scholarship from the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Early college scholarships provide funds to attend a school for a short period before beginning college to study art varying from a week to a month to study art.
800 students from approximately 100 high schools showcased their work, 77 students were offered early college scholarships totaling $150,000.
Over 200 students were offered tuition scholarships according to the IHSAE, and they expect that total to be more $30 million dollars.
IHSAE distributed 66 awards totaling over $15,000 in cash and prizes.
Jorge Lucero, director of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana was the keynote speaker on Sunday. His speech centered on how visual arts in education strengthen creative practice, brain development, and personal development.
The IHSAE also named teacher Rochele Royster as the inaugural recipient of a new IHSAE grant for innovative programming needs and projects that promote art, education, and creativity in the community.
Royster, working through the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Teacher Institute program, created the heART project. The heART project serves as a mechanism to support teachers in developing artistic, collaborative, contemporary curricula that focus on ways to cope with the aftermath of violence in communities across the city.
Royster, who has been teaching art therapy for 13 years, along with her students made wrap dolls and held discussions on trauma, anxiety, and fear. Each doll represents a person shot within the last year.
The grant will expand Royster’s efforts to incorporate a Dolls 4 Peace Kit to 40 teachers and student leaders in the city. Each kit includes a lesson plan and art materials for 30 dolls. All of the dolls have a wish, hope, or intention either embedded or tied to it.
Here is a list of high school students whose work was featured at the Art Center:
U. of C. Lab High School: Marcello Gutierrez, Anna Schloerb, James Woodruff, Miranda Mireles, Sharanya Srinivasan, and Elizabeth Meyer.
Kenwood Academy High School: Nina Johnson, Ania Wellere, Indigo Quashie, Savannah Bowman and Jarret Crenshaw.
IHSAE is a not-for-profit corporation that aims to advance visual arts education through exhibition. Teachers developed it for students in 2014, and it is run by full-time art educators that collaborate with corporate sponsors, art schools, colleges, universities, and participating public, private, and charter high schools to celebrate and award the artistic talents of Illinois high school art students.
The IHSAE also hosts community art programs such as the Educator Art Show, Blick in-store events, presentations for art teachers at venues such as School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Art Education Association Conference, school programming support, collaborative connections with Illinois School Boards, and more.