Thanks to the teachers and students for participating again this year in the 16th Annual Area High School Exhibition. The Contemporary Art Center is proud to show off the outstanding work of our area high school students. We appreciate all the organization, hard work and initiative evident in their participation. This year, 111 students from 6 area high schools submitted 177 pieces and 118 pieces are exhibited.
The exhibit is designed to simulate adult juried art exhibits. The work is displayed in Gallery 3R, on the third floor of the Contemporary Art Center. The exhibit is designed to simulate typical juried art exhibits in which artists typically pay fees of $25-60 to submit work that may not be chosen by the juror to be displayed.
The annual exhibit was founded in 2004 by Executive Director William Butler and his former high school teacher Michael Hagenbuch, then newly retired from Limestone Community High School. Hagenbuch served as the first juror/judge and for some years after continued to volunteer in support of the exhibit.
Every year a retired high school art teacher is chosen to choose the work that will be displayed and awarded gift certificates. This year our Juror/Judge is Cathie Crawford. Originally from Queens, New York City, After living in Saudi Arabia and Grenoble, France, she returned to Peoria in the fall of 2004. She has concentrated on the color reduction woodcut since earning an MFA degree in 1987 from Bradley University.
Her work has been included in more than 300 exhibitions, 30 solo exhibitions, 78 juried national shows and 16 international juried exhibitions since completing a BFA from The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio.
You may view her work at www.cathiecrawford.com
Crawford has been an art educator as well as an artist for over forty-five years. She was a High School Art teacher for 20 years in Columbus, Ohio, Albany, New York and Tremont, Illinois. She has also taught at Illinois Central College, Bradley University and Dar Al Hickma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
2019 Award Winners
3rd Place Winners
Kate Mueller – The Mouse that Lives at the Church, Notre Dame, 3rd Place
Anna Vu – Food Baby, Notre Dame, 3rd Place
Alicia Dinh – Duck Hugs, Notre Dame, 3rd Place
Alicia Dinh – Andrew’s Song, Notre Dame, 3rd Place
Dawson Dobbeliare – Little Things I like to Keep Because I like them, East Peoria, 3rd Place
Rylee Smith – Complicated Cups of Coffee, East Peoria, 3rd Place
Leah Johnson – Patchwork, East Peoria, 3rd Place
Maycee Oggen – Stacey Trovero, East Peoria, 3rd Place
Noah Hank – Night Light, Washington, 3rd Place
Korian Chronouski – Internal Scream, Washington, 3rd Place
Tripp Lersch – Free Ranged, Washington, 3rd Place
Madison Deynfer – Figment of Imagination, Washington, 3rd Place
Lauren Williams – Back to Retro, Washington, 3rd Place
Lauren Williams – Xavier, Washington, 3rd Place
Reese Borlin - Footstrike, Washington, 3rd Place
Emme Eisfelder – Elevator Music, Pekin, 3rd Place
Kaitlyn Morrison – Wall Flower, Pekin, 3rd Place
2nd Place Winners
Addison Hishon – Mixed Emotions, Notre Dame, 2nd Place
Jordan Tomlianovich – King of the Past, Notre Dame, 2nd Place
Jennifer Rutschke – Summer Safari, Notre Dame, 2nd Place
Ava Itschner-Beatty – Beauty Standards, East Peoria, 2nd Place
Dawson Dobbeliare – Society’s Real Hangmen, East Peoria, 2nd Place
Brett Lambrich - Buttercup, East Peoria, 2nd Place
Nathan Sporrer – Javier, Washington, 2nd Place
Ninetta DeBaui – Maskulinity, Washington, 2nd Place
Tripp Lersh – 3-Heads, Washington, 2nd Place
Ashton Liverty York – Child-Like Innocence, Pekin, 2nd Place
1st Place Winners
Gabrielle San German – Love the Moon, Notre Dame, 1st Place
William C Atchison – Trials of the Jalopy, Washington, 1st Place
Trinaty Unruh – Dance of the Autumn Leaves, Washington, 1st Place
Tera Miller – Flutter, Washington, 1st Place
Tera Miller - Arachnophobia, Washington, 1st Place
Reese Borlin – Fragmented, Washington, 1st Place