CLC student art featured in pop-up showcase in Gurnee Mills

All student artwork displayed in virtual gallery since COVID-19 prevents gathering

GRAYSLAKE – Paintings, pastels, pottery and more are part of the College of Lake County’s 40th annual Student Art Competition this spring.

The public can view the student artwork displayed in a virtual gallery. COVID-19 restrictions prevent the community from gathering in the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art on campus. However, this year the college is excited to feature a curated pop-up exhibition of works from this show at Gurnee Mills.

“It’s exciting to see art created by College of Lake County students on display in a public forum again,” art instructor and gallery curator Ann Rintz said in a news release. “It’s a completely different experience when you get to see art in person. The response and quality of work submitted for the show this year was superior.”

Through May 10, you can find a selection of student art on display near Burlington and Top Shelf Ice Arena at Gurnee Mills. Convenient parking and easy access make this pop-up a special opportunity for the community to engage with CLC artists. Visitors are required to wear face masks and social distance while inside Gurnee Mills.

The competition is a juried exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, graphic designs, photography, ceramics and sculptures. Students were awarded a combined $3,000 in cash prizes, including a $500 scholarship from the Lake County Art League and a $500 Phoebe Boyd scholarship.

“As a graphic design student at CLC, it makes me beyond excited to see my work in the Student Art Competition,” said Thais Souza, an international student from Brazil who is living in Palatine. “It is a pleasure to have my photographs displayed among so many other talented artists and be given the opportunity to compete for prizes. I thank CLC and Gurnee Mills for making this possible and always being so inclusive and open to artists.”

Kendra Kett, this year’s juror, has 30 years of highly successful performance in the business and education management sectors, working with and supporting Fortune 500 companies. She is one of only six winners of the Jim Greenman Lifetime Achievement Award for child advocacy. Inspired by her successful business career and passion for fine art, Kett launched the Blue Moon Gallery in Grayslake. The gallery has grown into a thriving venture for artists and collectors in northern Illinois and built a solid reputation for high quality art exhibitions featuring local artists.

The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art is committed to displaying the works of Illinois artists and increasing the visibility of nationally known artists in Lake County. Although the gallery currently is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the public is welcome to view this year’s entries online at