The students represented in the 2013-2014 Cultivating Creativity: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibition were recognized for their achievements at an awards reception held on Sunday, April 13, at the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University.
Each student represented in the exhibition was awarded a $50 check, provided by Consolidated Communications. Doug Abolt of Consolidated Communications presented the awards. Abolt also presented each of the participating art teachers with a $50 donation from Consolidated Communications for each school involved in the exhibition in support of their school’s art programs.
Cultivating Creativity 2013-2014 is sponsored by Consolidated Communications and the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University. The exhibit is made up of art by forty-seven area elementary, middle, and senior high students. The tour began at the Helen Matthes Library of Effingham on October 19 and has been traveling to twelve different locations throughout east-central Illinois. The exhibit’s yearlong tour will conclude in August at Charleston Carnegie Public Library.
The purpose of Cultivating Creativity is to showcase some of the outstanding art created by area students, to highlight the excellent work being done by area school Art teachers, and to emphasize the importance of including the arts in a well-rounded school curriculum.
Local students recognized included: Sydney Allen, Gregory Intermediate School; Alyssa Cravens, Neoga High School; Logan Dow, Neoga Middle School; Rachel Ewing, Neoga Junior High School; Kortney Fisher, Central A&M High School; Kaitlyn Funk, Bond Primary School; Chance Goss, Sullivan High School; Sydnie Helton, Moulton Middle School; Brianna LeCrone, Windsor Elementary School; Kayla Lee, Shelbyville High School; Hunter McDermith, Central A&M Middle School; Amy Monroe, Okaw Valley High School; Cole Nichols, Okaw Valley Middle School; Christopher Simpson, Okaw Valley Elementary School; and Olivia Williamson, Windsor Jr./Sr. High School.
The artworks comprise a wide variety of media and styles. Included are paintings in watercolor, oil, tempera, and acrylic and drawings in ink, colored pencil, graphite, crayon, marker, oil pastels, and charcoal. Other media represented are scratchboard, collages, textiles, digital photography, prints, graphic design, tissue, cast plaster, and mixed media.