We are VERY EXCITED to announce huge awards at the IHSAE (Illinois High School Art Exhibition) General Art Exhibition on Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Zhou B. Art Gallery in Bridgeport. All 5 of our art students won multiple awards. OPRFHS competed against 124 other Illinois high schools who submitted 5 artworks in different categories (over 800 artworks all together). We won awards in ALL categories. Which meant we “swept” the awards and as the announcer explained, we were the ONLY school to win in EVERY CATEGORY we entered.
1. Jack Valenti, Best of Show, Pottery
2. Sophie Shaw, Best of Show, Mixed Media
3. Remy Gajewski, Honorable Mention, Photography + Early College Program Scholarship to New Hampshire Institute of Art
4. Adele Henning, Honorable Mention, Drawing + Early College Program Scholarship to American Academy of Art in Chicago
5. Audrey Baker, Honorable Mention, Sculpture
In addition, adjacent to this show was the IHSAE Senior Exhibition at the Bridgeport Art Center where 8 of our seniors entered their art portfolios online and were offered numerous scholarships from art schools around the country. The 8 seniors who displayed one select piece of artwork from their portfolio were Emma Vejcik, Gillian Bockus, Grace Ciacciarelli, Hasani Cannon, Iris Nosek, Jane Leipold, Katharine Backes, Meaghan Hackett The total senior scholarship amount for Oak Park and River Forest High School is over $1,012,000.00
Finally, Jane Liepold’s sculpture artwork from the IHSAE Senior Exhibition was awarded a SILVER medal among the hundreds of artworks displayed at the Bridgeport Art Center.
All artwork will be on display at Zhou B. Art Gallery and Bridgeport Art Center through Mar. 9.
Enclosed in this post are the videos of each panel discussion for your reference. We appreciate all of the participants of our 1st annual Career in the Arts panel discussion. We want to thank the parents and students, panelists, Broadcast Journalist department for volunteering your time and efforts to make this a valuable night for all involved. Click on the links below for videos of the various sessions.
College Admission Process
Careers in the Arts session
Any senior can submit their portfolio on the IHSAE Slideroom scholarship site. Please note there is a one-time $15.00 fee to join Slideroom through this link. Click on “Students in Registered High Schools” and follow prompts to set up your Slideroom account (if you already have a Slideroom account for other college application, this is a SEPARATE one and must be set up through this link—so colleges from around the country can view your work all in one place).
Please ask any of your friendly OPRF Visual Arts teacher for help.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018.
6:00-6:25 Studio time
·Parents and students invited to visit room 391 (light snacks available) and tour art rooms.
Students can work in classrooms
6:30-6:50 Introductory remarks (OPRFHS art teachers) room 370
Panel members will introduce themselves and identify the breakout session they will be attending
6:50-7:30 Breakout sessions** rooms 370, 371
7:30-8:00 Closing remarks, follow up topics, and questions
** Breakout session topics:
·o OPRFHS art program offerings (intended audience: current OPRFHS freshmen -
juniors and their parents)
o Navigating the art college application process (intended audience: current juniors -
seniors and their parents)
o Becoming an art professional (intended audience: all students interested in pursuing
a career in fine & commercial arts)
Breakout session topic 1
OPRFHS art program offerings-moderator Lindy Novotny
Panelists: Lindy Novotny, OPRFHS counselor, Janet Lorch
o Art department tracks - photo/design, fine art 2D, fine art 3D
o Course progression suggestions
o Essential skills addressed
o portfolio development
o Course sequence - by year
o Portfolio content
· Work suggested, sketchbook, etc.
· Portfolio days
· Summer classes/activities (i.e. mural projects)
Breakout session topic 2
Navigating the art college application process moderator Mark Collins
Panelists: Shannon Kennedy, Natalie Leoni, Kim Rasmussen, OPRFHS Counselor
o Where to start - establishing goals, developing a list, being realistic
o Types of art schools - “pure” art school vs blend (combined university and art school i.e. RISD and Brown), art school within university, etc.
o A parent’s view (Kim Rasmussen)
o School visits
o What to look for, questions to ask
o Financial aid
o Career development
o College contacts for students during application process
o Making the “final” decision. How will I know this is the right decision-parent view,
Breakout session topic 3
Becoming an art professional moderator Tracy Van Duinen
Panelists: David Mann, Lisa Wilkenson, Sam Thetard, Erika Johnson
o Pursuing a career in “art”
o Available careers
o Paths to an art career
o Skills employers seek - professional, personal
o Keys to your success in the field
Edutopia has a great article on how art-making can help students develop a growth mindset through the failures that naturally occurs in the process.
Enclosed is the link to WMU's blog which highlights alumni and students who are pursuing careers in the arts.
Oak Park & River Forest High School
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6-8pm, rooms 370 & 371
Goal of the forum
6:30-7:00 panel discussion
7:00-7:30 breakout sessions
Parents of recent OPRFHS art alumni
Various art professionals
OPRFHS guidance counselor and college coach?
In an attempt to assist our students and their families in college options and careers in the arts, we are including the link to "The Art Career Project." This website does a great job in breaking down the various careers in the arts; top schools by career interest and scholarship opportunities.
Please feel free to contact any of us here in the OPRF Visual Arts department to help assist you and your student in this journey.