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Kaneland Art Students Honored at IAEA Conference

In October, the following five Kaneland  students will have their art featured at the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) Conference.

Student:                               School:                     Teacher:

Bethany McReynolds            McDole Elementary – Lisa Molitor

Lylah Humm                         John Stewart Elementary – Heidi Gilkey

Christian Schwartz                John Shields Elementary –  Colleen Grigg

Braydon Sexton                    McDole Elementary – Laurel Anderson

Vanessa Hutar                      Harter Middle School – John Purnell

The accomplishment is significant, considering approximately 500 submissions are made each year and judges award only 40 with the honor state-wide. According to http://ilaea.org/ “The Student Art Show demonstrates to the public the breadth of experience young people in Illinois are getting in their art programs.” Kaneland schools are no exception, boasting 5 pieces in this year’s show and at least one piece in every show throughout the past 10 years. After being professionally mounted and framed, the 40 chosen pieces travel to schools, libraries and galleries throughout the state. For the past 10 years, the show has made a stop at the Elburn library so that community members can view the outstanding student artwork and this year, Kaneland Harter Middle School teacher, John Purnell will oversee and organize the show at the Sugar Grove Library the first week of June, 2014. Mr. Purnells’ work will also be featured at the show, as he will design the poster for it this year. “It is a great year for Kaneland in the Arts!” said art teacher and Kaneland Arts Initiative Artist and Faculty Liaison, Heidi Gilkey. The art education programs at Kaneland schools encourage budding artists to develop their skills and showcase their work. Congratulations to those featured at this year’s show.

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