ST. JOHN | Lake Central High School art students claimed several top awards, including a Best of Show, at the South Suburban College Regional High School Art Exhibition & Festival held in South Holland, Ill.
Twenty high schools from Illinois and Indiana were represented.
"I was elated that my piece won the Best of Lake Central award at the South Suburban College HS Exhibit," Riana Revis said. "It is great knowing that all the thought, feelings and effort put into this piece, was recognized by the juror."
Another LCHS winner, Hannah Pittman, took home Best of Show 3D honors. "This piece means so much to me because it was the defining moment in my life that made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in art," she said.
Art teacher Chris Colle said Lake Central art students enter several competitions each year. "It gives them the opportunity to see the caliber of artwork produced by their peers at other high schools, as well as offering them a sense of pride and accomplishment seeing their work displayed," Colle explained.
Winning the Jimmy Johns Award was Lindsey Nivens of LCHS. "My scratchboard was very different than the rest of those made the class. In the end, the changes worked and I am very happy that others enjoyed it as well," she said.
The Great Clay Award went to Alexandra Wail of LCHS. "I learned that porcelain is a very difficult medium to work with. It required a lot of patience and attention to detail. My finished piece amazed me, and I was very honored that it was recognized," she said.
Jack Kirkpatrick, who chairs the Art Department at South Suburban College, let Colle and fellow LCHS art instructor Maureen Yaeger know that Lake Central's participation was appreciated.
"The quality of skill put forth by Lake Central students is always among the best in our show. This kind of success comes from good students and great teachers," he said.
As a ceramist, Kirkpatrick said he was particularly impressed by Wail's "Porcelain Vase."
"The form and piercing of the pot is such high quality that it could have been done by a professional," Kirkpatrick said. "The creativity and interpretation of the human form of Hannah Pittman's Clay Torso was outstanding.
"Riana Rivas' pastel portrait is so emotive that it struck a deep personal chord within me. Lindsey Nivens' scratch board portrait was perfect for the inaugural Jimmy Johns Great Sandwich Award. It was so very ironic as the person looked really, very hungry!"
In addition to sharpening their students' technical skills, Colle added, "We try to nurture their creative thinking, encourage problem solving and introspection and offer them the means to produce work from the heart."