Arts in Education Spring Exhibit

The Arts in Education Spring Exhibit promotes local school art programs.  This is an exhibit and competition to promote Macon County and surrounding area art programs in the schools.  Teachers use this opportunity to have the students not only enter the show but to help hang the artwork for the experience.  There will be no fee for schools to enter.  Up to 30 pieces of artwork may be displayed.  An 8’x8’ piece of cardboard is provided on which to mount the artwork.  A table with cloth is also provided on which to display 3D artwork.  Schools are encouraged to bring signage about their school and the program.  Ribbons will be awarded in categories of Computer/photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics/crafts, mixed media and miscellaneous.

Opening Reception – First Friday, April 7, 2023, 5-7 pm
Presentations at 5:30 pm

Area high schools are invited to register their school for participation. The Spring Exhibit will be held on the third floor of the Madden Arts Center. Watch for details to come. Contact Gallery 510 for more information at 217-422-1509.


Amherst F. Hardy Foundation
Decatur Area Arts Council
IL Arts Council Agency
Andreas Foundation

Arts in Education 2022 Spring Show Winners

Best of Show
Cassie Schaeffer
MacArthur High School

Any works done that use computer generated products or photography.

1st Place Van Tran/ Moroa-Forsyth – ‘Brunch’
2nd Place Jake Dukes/Warrensburg/Latham – ‘Eternal Damage’
3rd Place Kylee Britt/Sangomon Valley – ‘Light Switch’
Hon. Men. Sophie Ogden/Shelbyville

Acrylic, oil, watercolor, tempera, gouache, brush & ink calligraphy

1st Place Madison Wang/Maroa Forsyth – ‘A Sunday Morning w/Albirdo and Joe Herbird’
2nd Place Holie Richardson/Shelbyville-‘Hope in Pashti’ (above right)
3rd Place Liberty Scales/Meridian
Hon. Men. Ian Rickett/Pana
Hon. Men. Lilly Brahm/Sullivan

Drawing – Black and White
Pencil, pastels, scratch board

1st Place Vi Kellison/St. Therisa – ‘Blue, the Gentle Giant’
2nd Place Mike Ash/MacArthur – ‘Values’
3rd Place Addison Clark/Meridian – ‘Cheesing Yue Min’
Hon. Men. Charlotte Bromer/MacArthur
Hon. Men. Ambrose Para/Mt. Zion
Hon. Men. Addison Brush/Sullivan
Hon. Men. Jenna Musgrave/Warrensburg

Drawing – Color
Colored pencil, pastels

1st Place Madison Wang/Maroa Forsyth – ‘Corrupted’
2nd Place Mike Montemmar/Warrensburg Latham – ‘The Tree in
the Meadow with the Colors and Stuff’
3rd Place Joann Mathias/Sullivan – ‘Master Chief’

Any materials, primarily aesthetic

1st Place Sara Troll/Mt. Zion – ‘Elements’
2nd Place Olivia Parrish/Warrensburg Latham – ‘Ponder’
3rd Place Jadan Starr/Meridian – ‘Farden Friends’
Hon. Men. Caj Reid/ – ‘Hot to Cold’

Ceramics & Crafts
Ceramic or any materials, primarily utilitarian

1st Place Bill Prosser/Sang. Valley-‘First Thrown’
2nd Place Eli Crockett/Mt. Zion – ‘The Forest Spirit’
3rd Place Madison Holman/St.Theresa – ‘A Wonderful Waste of Childhood’
Hon. Men. Madison Hunt/Warrensburg Latham

Mixed Media
Two or more mediums together. May be collaged or assembled.

1st Place Gus Striglos/St. Theresa – ‘Luna & Sol’
2nd Place Sarah Troll/Mt. Zion – ‘Garden Collage’
3rd Place Destiny Marquis/Meridian – ‘Whale’
Hon. Men. Andy Koontz/Pana – ‘Peace’

Hand-done work. No computer work. Silk-screen prints, etching, Batik, fiber art, linoleum block.

1st Place Wyatt Brame/MacArthur – ‘Foreign Policy’
2nd Place Akizia Agular/Shelbyville – ‘Sunflower’
3rd Place Kitty Bushell/MacArthur – ‘A Gentle Morning’
Hon. Men. Dreah Dunn/Meridian

People’s Choice Award

Congratulations to Lexie Damery/Mt. Zion for winning with ‘Windswept Colors’.

Many factors were looked at when the work was judged. Following are some of the key elements looked at.

  • Creativity and Uniqueness
  • Expressive Qualities
  • Technical Skill
  • Craftsmanship

Many thanks to the teachers and students for participating in the 2022 Arts in Education Spring Show. Thanks, also, to the volunteers who hung and took down this year’s show. Once again this was a fantastic exhibit of talent by these young artists! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!