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Highland Gallery announces call for entries at the 50th District High School Juried Art Exhibit

Highland Community College, announces a call for entries for the 50th Annual District High School Juried Art Exhibit. Work is due on Thursday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the west wing of the Ferguson Fine Arts Center, Highland Community College, 2998 West Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

The juried art exhibit is designed to recognize high school artists in northwest Illinois to celebrate their visual contributions to the community.

The Opening Reception and Awards presentation is on Thursday, April 2, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Highland Gallery, with an award ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit remains open until April 19.

“Highland Gallery has been hosting this juried high school art exhibit for 50 years, serving as a highly successful collaboration between the college and our district high schools,” said Robert Apolloni, Gallery Director. ”This exciting, annual spring exhibit showcases the many talented high school students that choose to share their visual art accomplishments with our college and community. Art exhibitions, such as this, reflect the spirit and ideas of a given community; allowing us an opportunity to peek into the overall wellbeing of that community through the eyes of artists.”

Apolloni adds, “The dedicated art teachers from our district high schools should be commended for their ability to encourage and support the arts; especially in a time where Fine Arts are increasingly challenged to defend their existence. Indeed, this exhibit symbolizes the importance and role of the arts as a symbol for the direction of any given community.”

For more information about this exhibit or the Highland Gallery, contact Bill Buehler at 815-599-3490 or