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Proviso West Students’ Art Shown at Elmhurst College

January 25, 2013 08:45 AM
Hillside, IL...Art students at Proviso West High School recently had their work on display at Elmhurst College.

The exhibit of the 46 Proviso West students’ work was part of Elmhurst College’s 14th Annual High School Art Exhibit, which took place from January 11 to 23. The exhibit at the Elmhurst College campus included examples of drawings, photography, sculpture and other media by students from 10 area high schools. With student artwork displayed from floor to ceiling, it was part of a celebration of young artists and public high school art programs, a press release from the college said.

Sean Shipley, an art teacher at Proviso West, said that it was an easy decision to participate.

"Proviso West High School has been contributing student artwork to the exhibit every January for the last 10 years," he said. "There’s a great reception for it. They do a great job of honoring the work."

The students also were judged on their projects, with each receiving a certificate for being on display and some receiving ribbons for excellence. One student, Diana Garcia, received a special purple ribbon and a $2,000 scholarship from Elmhurst College at a special reception for the student artists on Wednesday, January 16. Other ribbon winners included Matthew Forch and Miguel Ulloa, who each won a blue ribbon for excellence; Angel Huerta, Totiana Sudduth, Pierre Yates, and Jose Casas, who each won a green ribbon for honors; Katerine Torres, who won a red ribbon for distinction; and Betina Kohnert, who won a yellow judges ribbon.

PWHS-ElmhurstArtShow-02-smDr. Roudell Kirkwood, principal at Proviso West High School, said that the school has many talented art students who are helped by teachers.

"We have teachers who work with our students and give them every opportunity to show that talent," he said. "I believe the more exposure that students receive, the more ideas it gives them to enhance their talents."

Mr. Jerry Jenkins, another Proviso West art teacher who coordinated the school’s participation, said that he was impressed with the work that was on display.

"It’s amazing some of the work we were able to get out of our level 1 classes," he said.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the students are good representatives of their school and of the school district.

"They exhibit some of the best work that we have to offer in our school district," she said. "This good work is representative of the quality programs we have in District 209."


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