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11th Annual Eric Show | March 11-30 | 2020 | 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.

At the 11th Anniversary of the Eric Show in March 2020, over 200 pieces of artwork from more than 190 high school students were on display including paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, pen & ink, pastels, and multi-media.  

The winners of the 2020 Eric Show: 

BEST IN SHOWAnya Shannon, Champaign Central High School

1st – Maggie Pate, Centennial High School
2nd – Nadirah Edwards, St. Joseph-Ogden High School
3rd – Lucas Riggins, Centennial High School


Scooby Lindsey, Champaign Central High School
Kameron Peterson, Centennial High School
Rachel Nguyen, Centennial High School
Maddie Boyd, Tuscola Community High School
Izzy Stoddard, Monticello High School
Mason Boyd, Monticello High School
Kathryn Limentato, Judah Christian School
Amelia Case, the High School of St. Thomas More
Rilynn Jacobs, Westville High School
Lauren Lumetta, University Laboratory High School
May Wang, University Laboratory High School

The area schools that were represented: Arcola High School, Bement High School, Bismarck-Henning Rossville-Alvin Co-op, Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School, Hoopeston Area High School, Judah Christian School, Monticello High School, Paxton Buckley Loda High School, Rantoul Township High School, Saint Joseph High School, The High School of St. Thomas More, Tuscola Community High School, University Laboratory High School, Urbana 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 at 1401 West Green Street in Urbana.

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