HCC instructor accepted into international online exhibit

Sam Tucibat, a graphic design and photography instructor at Highland community College, is now included in a juried international online art exhibit. It is comprised of 59 individual artists from 17 countries, with more than 200 pieces in the entire exhibit. Five of Tucibat's pieces have been accepted into the show, with one piece selected for special recognition, for which he received a third place recognition.

"This is the first time I've entered an exhibit of international scope. I'm still acclimating to the odd feeling of seeing my images, which are sourced right here in northwest Illinois, displayed beside images produced by artists in Israel, France, Russia, etc. There is some awesome work in this exhibit, created by extremely talented artists from every part of the globe, and it's an honor just to be in their company," Tucibat said.

Sam Tucibat, a graphic design and photography instructor at Highland displays some of his work that is exhibited in a juried international online art exhibit.

The exhibit name is called "Dig it! Abstract" and runs through November 8. The organization sponsoring the exhibit is an online art community called The ArtisTTable, and is the brainchild of painters Tali Farchi from the Netherlands and Israel and Royce Deans from Michigan. This is a community of artists and art lovers that have an open and lively conversation about art, exhibition, and the creative process. The ArtisTTable provides and promotes monthly juried exhibitions with cash prizes. The mission is all about the concept that competition brings out the best in artists.

Tucibat said his art celebrates the landscape, natural areas and architecture of northwest Illinois and his website has links to local businesses, recreation, and tourism. As a result of this exhibit, his website,, has been getting hundreds of additional visits each day from all over the world.

"I've always felt a deep connection to this area - the Mississippi River, the driftless terrain, the natural areas and the communities," Tucibat said. "I was born here and raised here, and I celebrate the area with the art I produce."

Each of his pieces starts with photographs shot in this locality. In the digital darkroom, the photos are combined, manipulated and built into images that are sometimes highly abstract. Even though the finished product doesn't always look like northwest Illinois, every image is made from photographic information captured in his own backyard.

To view the exhibit and see Tucibat's work, visit Sam Tucibat can be reached at

2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032-9341

Fax 815-235-6130

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