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Woodlawn Art Exhibit

00:00 AM February 04, 2018

Submitted by Janel Stahr


STERLING – Woodlawn Arts Academy’s 2018 Student-Teacher Art Exhibit opens Friday, February 23rd with an opening reception from 5-7pm. The public is invited to attend the opening and can also view the exhibit during open hours. The public is also encouraged to vote, until March 9th, for their favorite pieces. Winning pieces will be featured in the Academy’s summer program guide, and select winning pieces will be displayed on banners along the First Avenue Bridge.


“This is our largest exhibit each year, with students and teachers from more than 10 area schools displaying more than 100 works of 2D and 3D art. We hope the community will come out to the exhibit opening to support our area’s talented artists,” said Christy Zepezauer, Woodlawn Arts Academy Executive Director. “We are also very happy to continue a partnership that started in 2015 with the Bridge the Community organization, which spearheaded the First Avenue Bridge banner project.”


Student & teacher artwork will be on display starting at the exhibit opening, from 5-7pm Friday, February 23rd, and will remain on display in the halls and lounge at Woodlawn Arts Academy through May 4th. The Academy is open from 9am-8pm Monday-Thursday, and 9am-6pm Fridays. There is no charge to the view the exhibit. The public can vote on their favorite pieces in three categories: grades K-4, grades 5-8 and grades 9-12. Voting will remain open until March 9th. The top four pieces from each category will be featured in the Academy’s 2018 Summer Arts Program Guide, which is mailed to 24,000 homes in the Sauk Valley area. Select winning pieces from the art exhibit will be displayed on the First Avenue Bridge between Sterling and Rock Falls.


“The Bridge the Community Run is a great event that showcases our two communities to the participants. As a result of this event, we are able to showcase the talent and artwork of local artists,” said Jack Spencer, a member of the Bridge the Community committee. “We are able to display banners that create a nice welcome for people coming to our community and interest for those who live here.”


Woodlawn Arts Academy is a United Way of Whiteside County agency, and financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Details on the Academy’s programming and financial assistance applications are available in the Academy office or on the website at The Academy’s programs are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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