‘71st Young Artist Show’ opens March 4 at Rockford Art Museum

“Charice,” by Madelaine Peterson, senior at DeKalb High School.

Staff Report

Rockford Art Museum’s (RAM) 71st Young Artist Show begins from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 4, with a free, public opening and awards presentation of its High School Division, an annual juried competition that features exceptional artwork by students from schools within 50 miles of the museum. The exhibit remains on display through Saturday, April 7.

Twenty-one schools submitted 966 pieces of artwork for consideration by this year’s jurors, who chose 163 pieces, representing 127 students from 21 high schools, for inclusion and awards in the 2012 exhibit. The two jurors did not know the artist’s name, grade level, or school affiliation when selections were made. Awards will be announced at 2 p.m. during the public opening March 4.

RAM is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, and can be reached at (815) 968-2787 or online at www.rockfordartmuseum.org. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $7 for the general public, $3 for students and seniors, free for children younger than 12 and museum members, and free for everyone every Tuesday.


Jeff Sanderson received his bachelor of fine arts in painting from the University of Georgia. He is assistant director of high school relations in the admissions department of Columbia College Chicago, and a juror for the Chicago Public Schools All-City Art Competition.

Jim Julin is a self-taught artist and Rockford native who has exhibited his work across the Midwest, most recently in the exhibition Rockford

“After the House Burned,” by Anna Rinaldo, senior at Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford.

Made 4356: Deill/Julin at RAM. He is represented in many private and public collections, including Rockford Art Museum.

Exhibiting students

Auburn High School (Rockford) — Natalie Adamany, freshman; Adriano Gomez, senior; Katherine Keep, senior; Allaysha Rucker, senior; and Morgan Waterson, junior. (Teachers: Betsy DeGunther, Margret Hesler Hynes, Allison Marcon and Brock McWilliams.)

Belvidere High SchoolJoyce Mercado, sophomore; and Zach Swanson, junior. (Teachers: Laura Davis and Jil Reints.)

Belvidere North High School — Rachel Diamond, junior; Maranda Evrard, senior; Kerstin Fries, senior; and Natala Rodriguez, sophomore. (Teachers: Edith Obenchain and Troy Yunk.)

Boylan Catholic High School (Rockford)Jaelyn Anderson, senior; Lexi Araoz, senior; Laura Bauer, senior; Kyle Beckett, senior; Paul

“Sticky Situation,” by Abbie Francisco, senior at Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford.

Boguszewski, junior; Allison Corcoran, senior; Illiana Durbin, senior; Abbie Francisco, senior; Ana-Maria Gavranovic, junior; Megan Gierwiatoski, senior; Shannon Goebel, senior; Kelsey Gugliuzza, junior; Brooke Harp, senior; Anna Kurilla, senior; Emily Larson, senior; Mallery Myers, senior; Jennifer Peters, sophomore; Natalie Richards, senior; Anna Rinaldo, senior; Anthony Saporiti, senior; Megan Schneider, senior; and Claire Strominger, senior. (Teachers: Tabatha Dougherty, Melodie Hueber and Rebecca Pelley.)

Christian Life High School (Rockford) — Chris Eco, sophomore; Victoria Groebner, junior; Kayonna Kluck, junior; Sofia Ortega, sophomore; and Gabriella Silva, junior. (Teachers: Bruce McDonald and Diane Wing.)

Dakota High School Michael Bardell, senior; and Eryn Johnson, senior. (Teacher: Carrie Schmidt.)

DeKalb High Scool Madelaine Peterson, senior; and Amy Schultz, senior. (Teacher: Chad Gregory.)

“Serene,” by Randi Degg, senior at Halem High School, Machesney Park.

East High School (Rockford) — Arina Bubela, junior; Joel De La Rosa, junior; LaMarcus Harvey, junior; Nicole Heath, senior; Zuzanna Kowalczyk, sophomore; Alejandro Medrano, senior; Brianna Smith, junior; Remy Ugarte, senior; and Joahna Zarco, junior. (Teachers: John DeRango, Michelle Jones and Timothy Lange.)

Eastland High School (Lanark)Ben Thomas, junior; and Wally Wirchnianski, senior. (Teacher: Jean Matheson.)

Guilford High School (Rockford)Hannah Cobb, senior; Nathanial Davis, senior; Zia Diaz, junior; Elizabeth Horvath, senior; Cassidy Jones, senior; Demi Lomeli, junior; Taylor Mattingly, junior; Anna Moczynski, senior; Cristian Pacheco, senior; Xochitl Perez, senior; Anna Roszkowski, senior; Christian Saporiti, junior; Taylor Slabaugh, junior; and Alison Weust, senior. (Teachers: Lisa Doll, Bo Hammarberg, Katelin Phelps, Carolyn St. Angel and Elizabeth Woodyatt.)

Harlem High School (Machesney Park) Randi Degg, senior; Courtni Fedie, senior; Miranda Foster, senior; Sarah Hauser, senior; Jacob Holligan, senior; Lindsey Klein, senior; Andrea Palmer, junior; Elise Wescom, senior; and Connor Wessman, sophomore. (Teachers: Alison Agustsson and Barb Kurilla.)

Hinckley-Big Rock High School (Hinckley) — Kaylee Kuter, junior; McRaye Scheller, sophomore; and Ben Seidelman, senior. (Teacher: Vicki Kanik.)

Hononegah High School (Rockton)Kara Bottensek, senior; Leah Horcher, senior; Brooke Lee, junior; and Kyla Lowery, senior. (Teacher: Jennifer Manier and Arra Van Galder.)

Huntley High School — Christian Bland, senior; Amy Eckerty, senior; Kelly Frankel, junior; Kira Frendreis, sophomore; Meghan Fry, senior; Patrycja Gielezy, senior; Tabby Hein, senior; Sydney Hellgeth, senior; Heather Holinbeck, sophomore; Anthony Mirza, senior; Mollie Murk, senior; Alexis Nichols, senior; Deven Pharr, senior; Sarah Rosen, sophomore; and Ivan Thomas, senior. (Teachers: Jillian Corapi, Kate Duchene, Valerie Lindquist, Bridget Regan and Sandra Spear.)

Jefferson High School (Rockford)Lupe Castro, senior; Desteny Chouinard, senior; Lea Hoskins, senior; Irin Jelnov, junior; Michelle Jaime, senior; Lorenzo Jimenez, junior; Abigail LaFranca, senior; Adriana Lopez, junior; Kasia Lor, senior; Janet Lozano, senior; Veronica Morales, junior; Maggie Palcan, freshman; Carlos Pasillas, junior; Jesenia Perez, junior; Crystal Rodriguez, senior; Phillip Rodriguez, senior; Yuliana Torres, senior; and Stella Whitlow, senior. (Teachers: Kari Harmon, Steve Hoover, Lynn Stockton and Gail Zernia.)

Olson Homeschool Academy (Rockford)Rachael Olson, junior. (Teachers: Kathryn Olson and Katelin Phelps.)

Rockford Christian High School — Kayla Harlan, senior; and Hannah Johnson, senior. (Teachers: Liz Day and Kelli Sabin.)

Rockford Lutheran High School — Courtney Cirella, junior. (Teacher: Jean Morris.)

Roosevelt Alternative High School (Rockford) — Jordan Bowden, senior; Christopher Peoples, senior; and Brian Turman, sophomore. (Teachers: Leslie Arbetman and Kyle Wolfe.)

Spectrum Progressive High School (Rockford) — Sean Boseman, junior. (Teacher: Steve Coogan.)

Winnebago High School Jessie Bright, junior; Chelsea Carlovsky, senior; Rob Mulkins, junior. (Teacher: Lisa Jimenez and Jamie Zander-Tarara.)

From the Feb. 29-March 6, 2012, issue

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