The Eric Show

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8th Annual Eric Show | March 9 - 31, 2017 | Illini Union Art Gallery

SteffensensThe Eric Show is a juried high school art show that was established in 2010 and is endowed by Dale and Peg Steffensen in memory of Dale's son Eric (1951-1970). Throughout high school, Eric won several awards for his outstanding artwork and demonstrated creativity that was far beyond his years. He worked with Rob Fisher, then a sculpture professor at the University of Illinois, and began preparing his portfolio with plans of majoring in art at UIUC. Eric had graduated a semester early from Urbana High School but while driving home from a hockey game in early 1970, he was killed by a drunk driver at the corner of Race and Michigan streets in Urbana. 

The Eric Show honors Eric's legacy as well as encourages the amazing young artists of this community.

The following students received prizes at the 2016 Eric Show:

BEST IN SHOW: Diana Golmeeva, Champaign Central High School
1st Place: Audrey Akins, Champaign Central High School
2nd Place: Logan Peters, Monticello High School
3rd Place: Jackie Masiunas, Urbana High School


  • Nora Snyder, Paxton Buckley Loda High School
  • Alyanna Posadas, Mahomet-Seymour High School
  • Veronica Miller, Centennial High School
  • TraVonte Phelps, Westville High School
  • Heidi Pierce, Urbana High School
  • Nellie Haug, Centennial High School

Over 200 pieces of artwork from more than 190 high school students are on display including paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, pen & ink, pastels, and multi-media.  The 18 area schools represented are Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School, Heritage High School, Mahomet-Seymour High School, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School, the High School of St. Thomas More, Monticello High School, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, St Joseph-Ogden High School, Rantoul Township High School, Urbana High School, Tuscola High School, Arcola High School, Schlarman Academy, University Laboratory High School, Unity High School, Villa Grove High School, and Westville High School. 

The Illini Union Art Gallery is located in the far northwest corner on the main floor of the Illini Union.

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