The Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE), held at the Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, last month, resulted in recognition and scholarship opportunities for several OPRF art students. 

  IHSAE’s mission is to “celebrate students’ artistic achievement, promote mastery and ingenuity in learning, and facilitate post-secondary opportunities.” More than 100 Illinois high schools participated this year according to Lindy Novotny, OPRF visual arts teacher and department chair. 

  Novotny said the art department has increased its efforts to help students interested in continuing with art after high school, which includes “touring colleges across the country to develop the best guidance for our students when it comes to portfolio development and scholarship acquisition.”

  OPRF earned the Certificate of Recognition this year at IHSAE for receiving more than $1 million in scholarship offers for Senior Portfolios with a total of $2,533,432. “These awards are one indication that these efforts are paying off,” Novotny said.

  Students who received top honors for their art were Nina Catrambone (ceramics), Cece Crumlish (painting), Natalie Serratos (film), Sam Schenkelberg (graphic design), Sadie Halvorsen (drawing) and Eliana Gerace (metalworking). Others who received recognition are Lanie Hibel, Sydney Hunnewell, Sarah Kelly, Ryan Pont, Anajali Pride, Priya Rawal, Chris Rice, Grace Richards, Sophie Shaw, Daniel Smith, Anna Sordilla, Charlotte True and Hunter Hogan.

  OPRF students were selected for the National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition. Pieces are showcased at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference, which was scheduled to be held March 25 – 28 this year. It was canceled, so works are available to view online. Three OPRF students had their ceramic works selected by NCECA – Nina Catrambone, Charlotte True and Luca Anderson.

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