PSC Announces Winners of High School Art Exhibition


Mike Giannoni’s “Split Personalities” was part of the high school artists exhibit at PSC. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– The Prairie State College (PSC) annual high school student art exhibition honors the talents of aspiring south suburban artists. This year’s exhibit, Synergy, features 46 artists from Beecher High School, Bloom Trail High School, Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Marian Catholic High School, and Rich Central High School.

The artwork is on display from March 23 through April 16 in PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery, located at 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. A reception will be held on Wednesday, April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m., with the awards ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.

The PSC art faculty were the jurors for the exhibit. They chose the pieces from more than 110 entries. Among the entries on display, winners were chosen from the categories of drawing, photography, sculpture, graphic design, painting, mixed media, and computer art. An overall best of show and four merit awards also were chosen.

“Although all of the accepted works are exceptional, the jurors chose a best of show and best of medium as well as four awards of merit,” said Lou Shields, professor of art history at PSC. “It is always a pleasure to view work by such talented young artists. It also is a pleasure to host the area high school students and show off the great young talent in the south suburbs of Chicago.”

The Best of Show winner is Amelia Koons, Homewood-Flossmoor. Best of Category winners are drawing, Brandy Eggermann, Marian Catholic; photography, Jessie Buckley, Homewood-Flossmoor; sculpture, Lauren Nix, Marian Catholic; graphic design, Paul Sheridan, Homewood-Flossmoor; painting, Jennifer Finlayson, Marian Catholic; mixed media, Hannah Tucker, Beecher; and computer art, Aaron Williams, Rich Central.

Merit award winners are Brenda Escamilla, Homewood-Flossmoor; Ginta Sutkuys, Homewood-Flossmoor; Chloe Peterson, Marian Catholic; and Mike Giannoni, Marian Catholic.

Other artists whose work is on display include Colleen Baliga, Marian Catholic; Alex Block, Marian Catholic; Rosemary Bolin, Bloom Trail; Nate Casimir, Homewood-Flossmoor; Anna Celander, Homewood-Flossmoor; Ronald Cooks, Rich Central; Jordan Cotton, Rich Central; Jordan Dekker, Homewood-Flossmoor; Elle DioGuardi, Homewood-Flossmoor; D. Ton Dunmore, Marian Catholic; Melissa Huang, Homewood-Flossmoor; Tayler-Marie Jackson, Marian Catholic; Amber Lane, Homewood-Flossmoor; Michelle Mayer, Homewood-Flossmoor; Ella Nelson, Homewood-Flossmoor; Kadie O’Malley, Homewood-Flossmoor; Shelby Oosting, Beecher; Hannah Ongman, Homewood-Flossmoor; Emily Rosandich, Marian Catholic; Briana Royster, Homewood-Flossmoor; Krysta Schauer, Marian Catholic; Emily Schranz, Homewood-Flossmoor; Renee Schwartz, Rich Central; Ashley Simpson, Homewood-Flossmoor; Lexi Teichman, Homewood-Flossmoor; Amanda Tiberi, Marian Catholic; Leeza Viaznikova, Homewood-Flossmoor; Mariana A. Villaseñor, Beecher; Rachel Whitman, Homewood-Flossmoor; Erin Whelton, Beecher; and Katie Woodward, Homewood-Flossmoor.

Hours for the Christopher Art Gallery are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Visits can be made by appointment. For more information about the exhibit, or to make an appointment for a visit, contact the Prairie State College Foundation at (708) 709-3636.