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9th Annual Eric Show | March 8 - 29, 2018 | 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.

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 winners of the 9th Annual Eric Show: 

BEST IN SHOW: Westin Perrero – Monticello High School
1st PLACE: Diana Golmeeva – Champaign Central High School
2nd PLACE: Alana Brown – Urbana High School 
3rd PLACE: Lauren Lumetta – University Laboratory High School

Honorable Mentions:

Frances Anderson – Champaign Central High School
Sage Phillips – Champaign Central High School
Lexi Manning – St. Joseph-Ogden High School
Laura Nussel – The High School of St. Thomas More
Sadee Scaggs – Westville High School
Lyric Newbern – Centennial High School
Aaliyah Thomson – Centennial High School
Heather Simpson – Hoopeston Area High School

The 20 area schools represented are Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School, Heritage High School, Oakwood 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, Arcola High School, Circle Academy, University Laboratory High School, Schlarman Academy, Villa Grove High School, Bismarck-Henning Rossville-Alvin Cooperative High School, Hoopeston Area 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 at 1401 West Green Street in Urbana.

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