Student artists receive awards

By on January 1, 2009

by Lynn Meredith

            Six elementary students from Kaneland schools received awards for their art work and the opportunity to have it displayed in a traveling art show throughout the state.

            The Illinois Art Education Association judges works of art submitted from kindergartners through 12th graders. From the more than 500 works submitted, 40 are chosen. Kaneland has six of those awards, something that Superintendent Charlie McCormick said has been a regular occurrence.

            “As long as I can remember, since I came in 1994, Kaneland has had at least two and sometimes eight in the traveling gallery that goes around the state,” McCormick said. “That says a lot about the depth and quality of our art program here at Kaneland.”

            Bonnie Whildin, in her 24th year as an art teacher, said the competition is done through blind judging. The judges do not look at the schools, but they just choose the work that they like.

            The winners are Riley Capes for weaving, Jack Penniall for contour drawing, Allie Pyle for weaving, Kyla Rachas for winter shapes, Lauren Sparber for watercolor, and Jeffrey Wachter for cut-outs.

            The art show will be displayed in Dixon in January and February and Algonquin in March.