"Day Off"

This photo of "Day Off," a 6-inch by 9-inch colored pencil drawing by Amber O'Connor, a sophomore at Bradley- Bourbonnais Community High School, is one of the art works on display at this year's show.

Not many high school art students can host their own personal art exhibit, but more than 200 area students are getting a chance to showcase their wares at the 28th annual Kankakee Community College High School Juried Art Exhibition.

The high school art show kicked off this past week, and it runs through March 21 at Harold and Jean Miner Memorial Library at KCC. Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Today and Friday, the gallery will close at 5 p.m.

"It's an event where we usually get to see what's up and coming," said Chelise Slowik, a KCC art professor. "There are a lot of talented artists, and some of them will be attending KCC. And it's just a fun event."

The 13 area high schools participating in the exhibit are Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, Central of Clifton High School, Cissna Park High School, Donovan High School, Grant Park High School, Herscher High School, Kankakee High School, Manteno High School, Milford High School, Momence High School, Pontiac High School and St. Anne Community High School.

"The High School Art Show is always inspiring," Slowik said. "Visitors will find the works full of passionate effort and imagination. Overall, it is a beautiful display of our future local artists. This year, we will also be showcasing artwork created by their amazing teachers as well, in the upper gallery by the refreshments."

A reception, awards presentation and jurors' critique will be held on the final evening of the exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 21. Awards in categories will be presented in painting, color drawing-design, photography-electronic imaging and 3-D design at 7:15 p.m. KCC art faculty are the jurors.

"What we usually do, we have merit awards and honorable mentions," Slowik said. "Typically, we have two to three merit awards and three to four honorable mentions in each category because there are a huge amount of students."

Slowik also said she loves the opportunity the area students get with the annual art show.

"Most of the high school students that participate don't always go on to be art students in college. Those that do, we do get a good percentage of them enrolling. KCC gets the most college students in general of all the students that choose to go to college from Kankakee County. ... It's really exciting for us."

The exhibit is being sponsored by KCC's Visual Arts Department.

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