The Eric Show
8th Annual Eric Show | March 9 - 31, 2017 | Illini Union Art Gallery
The 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.
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 20 area schools represented are Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School, Danville High School, Bement 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, Cerro Gordo High School, Arcola High School, Circle Academy, University Laboratory High School, Unity High School, Villa Grove High School, Bismarck-Henning High School, Hoopeston Area High School, and Westville High School.
2017 ERIC SHOW Winners:
BEST IN SHOW: Sage Phillips, Champaign Central High School
1st PLACE: Justin Beck, St. Joseph-Ogden High School
2nd PLACE: Valentina Grant, Centennial High School
3rd PLACE: Mazey Kizer, Westville High School
Anna Brown, Hoopeston Area High School
Fiona Coleman, Champaign Central High School
Curtis Chung, University Laboratory High School
Shauri Gonzalez, Urbana High School
Taylor Melecosky, Westville High School
Nicholas Nuetzmann, Bismarck-Henning High School
Allison Reiling, Champaign Central High School
Natalie Wakefield, Centennial High School
Thomas Watson Honorable Mention Award: Victoria Howe, Westville High School
The Illini Union Art Gallery is located in the far northwest corner on the main floor of the Illini Union.