In April 2016, the Village of Algonquin’s 5th annual Student Art Exhibit took over the Harnish Main Library. Organized by the Village’s Public Arts Commission, the exhibit featured 90+ artworks created by local middle school students in various different media, including painting and drawing.
The exhibit featured the work of students from Algonquin Middle School, St. John’s Lutheran School, St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, and Westfield Community School. On Monday, April 4, students, parents and teachers gathered for an awards reception to recognize participating students and hand out awards to several “Best in Show” winners from each school. The top overall artwork in design and execution was presented with the 3rd annual Richard A. Rehwaldt Memorial Award, in honor of the late community arts supporter and former Algonquin Public Arts Commission member Richard Rehwaldt, who helped develop the Village’s first student art exhibit in 2012.
For more information or questions about the Public Arts Commission or the exhibit itself, please contact Ben Mason, Senior Planner, at 847-658-4184.
The Algonquin Public Art Program was established in 2005 with the purpose of enhancing the community’s sense of place through a celebration of art. Algonquin is recognized as a leader in public art, and was highlighted in the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) publication “Arts and Culture Planning: A Toolkit for Communities”, which can be accessed online at http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/arts .