3 Jefferson students honored at statewide high school art show

Three Jefferson High School students received major awards and recognitions at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition in Chicago:

–Senior Brittany Martin received a Gold Award in the painting division for her acrylic painting “Love the Alien”

–Demetrius Markham, also a senior, received an IHSAE Visionary Award for his charcoal drawing “Silenced”

–Senior Kara Walter’s drawing “Sunnyside Up” was recognized with scholarship offers from both the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Milliken University

The third annual exhibition was at the Zhou B Art Center and included more than 500 works of art from 100 high schools in Illinois. The exhibition ended March 6 and featured a closing reception with comments by Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Evelyn Sanguinetti. About 3,000 students, parents and other arts supporters gathered to celebrate the talents of high school art students.

Earlier this year, Jefferson earned a school-record 24 awards in the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Eight pieces of artwork from the Rockford Public Schools— including art by Markham, Martin and Walter– were honored with the Gold Key. All Gold Key works are forwarded to New York City to compete for inclusion in a national exhibition. The 16 winners of that exhibition, the Portfolio Gold Medal, each earn a $10,000 cash scholarship. Those winners will be announced this month.

Mary Kaull is communications coordinator for the Rockford Public Schools. Click here to subscribe to this blog. Also, please like RPS 205 on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.