Lake Central High School students (from left) Nicole Vetroczky, Lindsay McClain,Jenna Resendiz and Tyler Marshall won awards in this spring’s Regional High School Student Art Exhibit at South Suburban College in South Holland. | Photo provided
Updated: May 4, 2013 6:10AM
Entering an art contest offers high school students the opportunity to showcase their creativity and benefit from constructive criticism — and, for some, the chance to come home with an award.
All of the above were recently experienced by four Lake Central High School art students at the Regional High School Student Art Exhibit at South Suburban College in South Holland, Ill.
“Students gained a sense of pride, seeing their work displayed with the best art work of their peers,” said Christine Colle, Lake Central art teacher. “Making art can be a long, arduous and personal process. Much time, thought and dedication goes into each piece.”
Colle and her fellow art teachers — Sandra Bushong, Maureen Yaeger and Paul Volk — entered and installed 20 pieces of various art works into the show.
Total entries numbered 300, coming from high schoolers in Illinois and northwest Indiana.
Lake Central senior Nicole Vitroczky received an honorable mention for her two-dimensional artwork.
“My piece was a still-life perspective composition of a birdhouse in a china cabinet,” she said. “To make the piece more original, I worked reversely on black paper with white pencil instead of the typical white paper with graphite pencil.”
Classmate Jenna Resendiz earned Best in Show for two-dimensional work.
“My purpose was to portray a high sense of energy and innocence through my subject’s bold expression,” she said. “I enjoy provoking a variety of emotions through my work, and I plan on extending my art career into my college years.”
The hundreds of student visitors attending the event were kept busy during the daylong show. On the agenda were speakers, guest artists, a Gallery Crawl, hands-on workshops and demonstrations sponsored by the SSC art staff, as well as an awards ceremony.
The honor of Best of Show for three-dimensional artwork went to Lake Central senior Lindsay McLain for her terra cotta vase set with sgraffito designed surface.
“I found working on the sgraffito vase to be a very rewarding process, and all the time and effort was worth it,” she said. “It was so interesting to watch my vase evolve more and more with each class that I worked on it. My creativity was able to just flow when working on this vase and it was very relaxing to me. There is no better feeling than completing a project and being satisfied with the results.”
And honorable mention for three-dimensional artwork and Best in School award was presented to Lake Central senior Tyler Marshall for her carved elongated clay vase. She also won an Art Merit award.
“Ceramics is something I love doing,” she said. “Being in the Advanced Placement class has taught me many new techniques. It is very challenging to work with clay and I have put many long hours of hard, laborious work into my pieces of art. In the end, it’s all worth it.”
Colle said Lake Central teachers enter students in up to five exhibits a year.
“It is a lot of extra work for us as teachers, but we all concur that we owe this to our students,” she said. “Their creative talents and dedication come from the heart, and we feel these accomplishments should be showcased.”