Glass cases showed off rings, necklaces and bracelets. Illuminated shelves displayed clay dishes. Walls and corkboards were home to watercolor and pastel paintings. Tables with paper mache sculptures lined the edges of the room. The sun glistened behind vibrant photographs. All the while, students milled around the room, talking amongst themselves, browsing the gallery, and critiquing the artwork.
This was the scene in the art gallery during Wednesday afternoon’s semiannual semester art show. The show took place Tuesday through Thursday, and it gave art students a chance to display their work for others to see.
“[Art] students pick their best artwork to put in the show. Then, they have ballots and people can vote on their favorite pieces. There are categories like best in show, most creative, and most detailed. Anything can be nominated for any category,” said Alina Kloss, junior. Kloss had a ring on display from her jewelry class.
While the art show showcased many traditional art mediums, such as Kloss’ ring, a variety of less traditional artworks were also on display.
“There are a lot of different and creative things, and it’s fun to see all the different forms of art, because there are actually a lot more forms of art than a most people know about. For example, there’s a lot of mixed media and digital art, which is really interesting,” Kloss said.
One of these less traditional projects was a video about teenage sleep deprivation by seniors Kurt Eckroth, Jared Eck and Chris Zott.
“Here at Hinsdale Central, we are overwhelmed with activities and homework. We really thought a video that really portrayed the little sleep that high school students get was really important to get out and show the world,” Eckroth said.
“There were a couple days where Kurt fell asleep in class, and we wanted to shed some light on that. We knew he wasn’t slacking off, he was just overly tired,” Eck said.
Overall, Eck believed that there was a lot of support for these less traditional art pieces.
“I’ve gotten a couple compliments on our video. The great responses we’ve gotten has just been overwhelming,” Eck said.
The growing popularity of these mediums was also seen in the final ballot counts.
For example, junior Sara McCarthy earned second place in both “best in show” and “most realistic,” for her digital drawing “Autumn Bear.” (The rest of the awards can be seen below). McCarthy spent over 12 hours on her piece.
“It’s great that my work paid off, I’m very proud of it. Digital art is becoming far more popular because technology has made it easier for so many more people to make good quality pieces of art fairly easily,” McCarthy said.
Artistic mediums aside, students viewed the art show as a way to show off the artistic talent at Central and as a way to see what other students have done.
“I’m really impressed with the art show this year. We’ve got some beautiful artwork at this school. It’s good to be a part of it,” Eckroth said.
Best of Show
1st Place- Untitled oil painting, Kyle Van de Bovenkamp
2nd Place- Autumn Bear, digital drawing by Sarah McCarthy
3rd Place- Untitled drawing by Vasaris Balzekas
1st Place- Colored pencil portrait-“The Docto Portrait” by Mikayla Delson
2nd Place- Digital drawing- “Autumn Bear” by Sarah McCarthy
3rd Place- Acrylic painting-“Home Sweet Home” by Caroline Morant
1st Place- Oil painting- “Untitled” by Claire Baiocchi
2nd Place- Acrylic painting- “Say Cheese” by Mia Larson
3rd Place- Oil painting- “Untitled” by Kyle Van de Bovenkamp
1st Place- Charcoal drawing- “Untitled” by Vasaris Balzekas
2nd Place- Ceramic bowl- “Untitled” by Sean Neveril
3rd Place Tie- Wire ring by Jackie Vallera; Dapped Pendant, “The Underground,” by Morgan Fitzgerald
Most Complex Construction
1st Place- Welded sculpture, “Elephant” by Griffin Brewer
2nd Place- Wire ring, “Lost Woods” by Karolina Cepukaite
3rd Place- Welded sculpture, “Palm” by Mike Johns
1st Place- Digital image, “Bad Soda Pop” by Margaret Tamm
2nd Place- Acrylic painting, “Say Cheese” by Mia Larson
3rd Place- Digital image,“Self Portrait” by Cara Lo Piano
Most Thought Provoking
1st Place- Untitled oil painting, Claire Baiocchi
2nd Place- Untitled drawing, Vasaris Balzekas
3rd Place- Digital art- “Social Issue Piece: Suicide Prevention” by Casey May