PRINCETON — On Thursday, Princeton High School will host the fourth annual Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) Art Festival. The 15 conference high schools participating in this event will be Amboy, Bureau Valley, Erie, Fulton, Hall, Kewanee, Morrison, Sterling Newman, Orion, Princeton, Prophetstown, Riverdale, Rockridge, St. Bede, and Sherrard. Each school may bring up to 20 students to participate in the art festival, and may also bring up to 50 pieces of artwork to exhibit. The artwork will be organized and displayed in 25 different two-dimensional and three-dimensional categories of art.
Each student will participate in one of 15 workshops during the afternoon. Local talents who will be presenting workshops include Cynthia Smucker of Tiskilwa, art teacher with Bureau Valley School District (mixed media aluminum tooling); Gina Nelson of Princeton, artist and owner of Bead Buzz in Princeton (beaded crystal rings); Tameran Polowy of Kewanee, teacher at Princeton High School (beaded jewelry bracelets); Mary Michael of Princeton artist and retired art educator (glass etching); JoAnn Bowman of Princeton, artist and art educator (collage with found objects); Bryn Hovde of Tiskilwa, artist and art educator (sculpting with polymer clay); Hugo Heredia of Spring Valley, graphic artist and owner of IN Visual Technologies/Imagine U Studio (Adobe Photoshop 6.0); Kristen Ribar of Princeton, former PHS art student and current Illinois State University student (scratchboard design); Karen Greer of Henry, PHS art teacher (tempera Batik painting); Tara Washkowiak of Oglesby, artist and art educator (recycled paperboard mandalas); Larisa Sarver of Peru, LaSalle-Peru High School art teacher (Chinese brush painting); Beth Gerig of Tiskilwa, PHS speech and drama teacher and Dylan Carlson of Tiskilwa, former PHS art and theater student and current Illinois Valley Community College art student (theater: set design and stage makeup); Rachel Shackleford of Princeton, certified master cake decorator and instructor at Princeton Arts Academy (cake decorating); Allie Lemrise of Peru, artist and art educator (Zentangle drawing); and Susan Blake of Kewanee, artist and retired art educator (chalkboard 3-D lettering design).
Judges for the art festival will be Dana Collins, retired professor of art at Illinois Valley Community College and free-lance artist in Princeton, and Ann Crosby, potter/artist and owner of Annie’s Little Pots in Princeton.
At 6:15 p.m., the art exhibit will open to the public, followed by an awards presentation ceremony. A critique of the first-place winners in each art category will be given by the judges, along with the presentation of two Best of Show winners in two-dimensional and three-dimensional art.
The TRAC Art Festival is sanctioned by and sponsored by the principals of the member schools. This year’s host teachers are Linda Ribar and Karen Greer of Princeton High School.