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2 earn awards at NIU art show

Date: 2/14/2017

Two Kankakee Community College students earned awards at the Northern Illinois University Community College Faculty Invitational and Juried Student Exhibition.

SpinalMasquerade.jpgChristen Huss of Bradley's work, “Spinal Masquerade,” oil on canvas (at left), was awarded third place, which includes a scholarship. The painting was completed for a Fall 2016 painting course. Twelve honorable mention awards were given, including one for Katharine Raspolich of Kankakee for “Frosted Pods,” an acrylic on illustration board (at right). It was created for the Two Dimensional Design class. FrostedPods.jpg

"We are so proud of our two students for achieving this honor at NIU," said Jean Janssen, KCC art professor.

"There is a lot of fabulous artwork displayed in the exhibit, and the juror had a very difficult time deciding upon the awardees," said Anna-Marie Zurlinden, graduate research assistant for the NIU School of Art and Design. The juror for the exhibit is Richard Lund, retired College of DuPage art professor and 1979 NIU graduate.

Huss has another work accepted for the exhibit, “Alluring Huntress,” ink on paper. Four other KCC students have works in the show, which runs until Feb. 24. They are Pat Cheffer of Kankakee, Yolanda Hernandez of St. Anne, Jeanne Monahan of Bourbonnais and Christian Thompson of Peotone.

The exhibit is split between two locations: The Holmes Student Center main floor gallery at NIU, and Gallery 215 in DeKalb. It is open to the public at the Holmes Center, Sunday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and at Gallery 215 on Thursday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public.

KCC offers more than 20 art courses, including studio classes in drawing, figure drawing, three dimensional design and painting. The college has two transfer degrees related to art, an Associate in Arts with a plan of study focused on visual arts and an Associate in Fine Arts in Art, which focuses on studio arts. The programs offer the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in art or fine arts.

For more information on KCC art programs and courses, contact Jean Janssen at 815-802-8719 or email




Kankakee Community College is an accredited two-year college which awards associate degrees and certificates of completion. KCC prepares students both to transfer to four-year colleges and to enter the workforce. The college also offers continuing education courses and certification training, literacy programs, English as a Second Language and GED preparation. The KCC mission is “Enhancing quality of life through learning.” The college has a Riverfront Campus in Kankakee, South Extension Center in Watseka, North Extension Center in Bradley and Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center in Kankakee.


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