Rockford Art Museum hosts ‘Young Artist Show’

Rockford Art Museum’s “65th Young Artist Show” opens Sunday, March 5, with the High School Division. This juried competition features exceptional artwork by high school students from schools within 50 miles of Rockford, showcasing the strength and diversity of art programs, teachers and students in the Rockford region.

Ted Simmering, a retired Rockford Public School District art instructor, and Steve Coogan, a local artist and part-time art instructor, served as jurors this year. The pair selected about 300 pieces of artwork from more than 1,200 works submitted, as well as named award winners, including the following:

Young@Art Portfolio Scholarship—Andrea Guzzetta, grade 12, Hononegah High School;

Myrtle Irons Scholarship—Stephanie Mrowiec, grade 12, Boylan Catholic High School;

Best of Show—Alan Mauries, grade 12, Guilford High School;

Best of 2-Dimensional—Justin Flicth, grade 12, Huntley High School;

Best of 3-Dimensional—Natasha Smith, grade 12, Guilford High School;

Jurors’ Awards—Gwen Dittman, grade 12, Jefferson High School; and Ryan Ward, grade 12, Harlem High School;

Honorable Mention—Stephanie Bailey, grade 12, Harlem High School; Scott Carter, grade 11, Huntley High School; Katelynn Dewitt, grade 12, Hononegah High School; Kaitlan Guistina, grade 11, Winnebago High School; Erin Kurilla, grade 11, Boylan Catholic High School; James Moore, grade 12, Guilford High School; Amy Nyberg, grade 12, Auburn High School; Abby Popelar, grade 9, Rockford Lutheran High School; Ana Rodriguez, grade 12, Jefferson High School; Domonique Williams, grade 12, Jefferson High School;

Staff Choice (selected by museum staff)—Edward Kirk, grade 12, Guilford High School; and Stephanie Mrowiec, grade 12, Boylan Catholic High School.

The 65th Young Artist Show: High School Division opens with a free public reception at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 5, and remains on display in Rockford Art Museum’s Kuller Gallery through April 2.

The show continues with the Youth Division, which features artwork by Rockford and Harlem students in grades kindergarten through eighth. The exhibit opens with a free, public reception at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 9, and remains on display in Kuller Gallery through Sunday, May 7.

JPMorgan Chase sponsors both divisions of Rockford Art Museum’s 65th Young Artist Show. Additional works from the High School Division are on display in the lobby of the bank’s main office in Rockford, 6000 E. State St., through Tuesday, April 4. Young@Art, one of the museum’s support groups, funds awards and ribbons.

Rockford Art Museum is in Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday to 7 p.m.); and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $3, free for children and students, and free for everyone on Thursdays. For more information, call 968-2787 or visit www.rockfordartmuseum.org.

From the March 1-7, 2006, issue

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