H-F art students win top prizes and scholarships in two competitions

Homewood-Flossmoor High School art students have won top prizes in two Chicago area art shows, and several have received scholarship offers based on their work.

H-F students brought home three of the five awards presented at the Southwest Suburban Conference Visual Arts Festival and Competition at Governors State University of Feb. 2. The competition had 13 regional high schools represented.
H-F prize winners are:
  • Lauryn Castagna, a junior, Best Overall 2D Award for her quilled paper self-portrait 
  • Alix Lowry, a senior, Student Choice 3D Award for a lighted box sculpture
  • Vlad Martinez, a senior, Cover Design Award for his graphic design work
  • Ruth McManus, a senior, earned the Best of School for H-F Award for her portrait on paper bag.
Other students whose work was exhibited are sophomore Libby Bransky, juniors Carole Koranda, Jeremy Libretti-River and Audrey McKillip, and seniors Robert Lee, Nathan Oh and Andrea Zambrano.
The Illinois High School Art Exhibition had student entries from across the state. H-F students won four of the top prizes.
H-F prize winners were:
  • Amya Jaimes, a senior, Best in Show: Drawing, selected from 108 entries
  • Emma Novak, a senior, Silver Award in Mixed Media, selected from 77 entries
  • Taylor Ausley, a senior, Silver Award in Painting, selected from 95 entries
  • Emma McKillip, a junior, Bronze Award in Photography, selected from 93 entries.
In addition, Caroline Larocca, a junior, was offered an early college program from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. 

Other participants in the exhibition were seniors Alden DeRose, Ryan Hutchinson and Ronnie Simon.
Judges selected winners from the 568 artworks in time arts that include animation, video and interactive projects, pottery, design, drawing, painting, photography and mixed media. The students from more than 100 schools were allowed to submit works in more than one category for the Feb. 25 exhibit at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, according to Jaclyn Wargo, H-F’s Fine Arts department chair. 
The IHSAE display will run through Friday, March 9, at the Zhou B Art Center and Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.
The Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE) was held simultaneously with the organization’s Senior Scholarship Exhibition. Since 2014, the program has benefitted more than 900 students who have been awarded $80 million in scholarships and awards.
This year, 371 high school seniors submitted projects for judging and three H-F seniors were offered multiple college scholarships. Their awards total $484,000. 
The recipients are:
  • Taylor Ausley presented a painting on glass. She was offered an $84,000 Presidential Scholarship and a $64,000 Admissions Scholarship from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. In addition, she was offered a $52,000 ISHAE Art Academy Platinum Scholarship Award from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
  • Ruth McManus, who presented a portrait painted on paper bag, was offered a $64,000 Admissions Scholarship from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design; a $52,000 IHSAE Art Academy Platinum Scholarship Award from the Art Academy of Cincinnati; and an $11,200 IHSAE Outreach Scholarship from the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design.
  • Andrea Zambrano presented a mixed media piece. She was offered a $72,000 Dean Recognition Scholarship from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design; a $52,000 IHSAE Art Academy Platinum Scholarship Award from the Art Academy of Cincinnati; a $22,000 NHIA Merit Scholarship from the New Hampshire Institute of Art; and an $11,200 IHSAE Outreach Scholarship from the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design.
H-F students have earned awards at every IHSAE annual event since its began in 2014.  The school received the Best School Art Program in the State award in 2013 from the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA). A few years earlier in 2011, the IAEA named Greg Petecki, an H-F Fine Arts teacher, the Secondary Art Educator of the Year.
The Fine Arts faculty is now reviewing applications from H-F students for its new Media, Visual & Performing Arts Academy (MVP) starting in the 2018-19 school year. The two-year program will give students the opportunity to develop their talents in an art-focused field.

Images of artwork provided.

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