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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 special 10th Anniversy of the Eric Show in March 2019, 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 2019 Eric Show were: 

BEST IN SHOW: Kayleigh HallMonticello High School

1st PLACE: Lauren LumettaUniversity Laboratory High School
2nd PLACE: Erlanzoe MosleyChampaign Central High School
3rd PLACE: Hannah FredrickJudah Christian School

Honorable Mentions:

Emilee GallasBismarck-Henning Rossville-Alvin Cooperative High School
Johnny PhamCentennial High School
Anjali MurphyChampaign Central High School
Ceci AllenChampaign Central High School
Frances AndersonChampaign Central High School
Maggie SchlabachMonticello High School
Bridget ClaveyThe High School of St. Thomas More
Katie LimentatoJudah Christian School
Nadirah EdwardsSt. Joseph-Ogden High School
Curtis ChungUniversity Laboratory High School
Lucas LuceroUrbana High School

The 20 area schools that were represented: Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School, Heritage High School, Oakwood High School, Judah Christian 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, Danville High School, University Laboratory High School, Villa Grove High School, Bismarck-Henning Rossville-Alvin Cooperative High School, Hoopeston Area High School, Armstrong Township 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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