Senior art student finds home at Jefferson

In six months, Jefferson High School senior Chase Pottinger has created his college art portfolio and landed two scholarships to art schools. For that, he credits Jefferson High School art teacher Lynn Stockton and the Rockford Public Schools.

Pottinger, whose work is on display in the All-City Art Exhibit, transferred to Jefferson for his senior year after three years at a private school.  His decision to transfer was influenced by an interview last spring with Mrs. Stockton and two weeks of summer classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At Jefferson, he’s also been able to pursue his interest in 3-D sculpting and computer-assisted design through the EMITT College and Career Academy (Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial and Trades Technology).

All City Art Pottinger 2015Already, Pottinger has received two scholarships for art – the Presidential Scholarship at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a merit scholarship to the School of the Art Institute. He doesn’t know yet where he will go.

He does know he wouldn’t be where he is without Mrs. Stockton.

Her intensity, as well as her personal investment in him, is surprising, Pottinger said. Among her most valuable lessons are: Never settle. Keep pushing. Never say “done” on a piece if you can do more.

Pottinger was also happy to continue his three-year extracurricular involvement in the Model U.N. (United Nations), which is based at Auburn High School.  Rather than having him charter a Model U.N. in his senior year, Jefferson staff was flexible in allowing him to join Auburn’s club, he said.

Pottinger’s work — along with that of other RPS 205 art students — will remain on display through Jan. 26 at three locations: Octane, 124 N. Main St.; J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St.; and the first-time venue of Conveyor Art Gallery at 317 W. Jefferson St. The schools participating are Auburn, East, Guilford, Jefferson and Roosevelt Alternative high schools, and Wilson ASPIRE.

Mary Kaull is communications coordinator for the Rockford Public Schools. Please like RPS 205 on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.



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