Artwork by six Moraine Valley Community College students was chosen for a year-long display in the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) James L. Applegate Student Art Exhibition in Springfield.

The IBHE committee selected wall art of any medium from colleges and universities around the state for its second annual exhibit. April Lough (Bridgeview), Amy Lee (Palos Heights), Elizabeth Simon (Evergreen Park), James Constantine (Tinley Park), Paige Scanlan (Chicago Ridge), and Tyler Santor (Oak Forest) submitted 19 pieces, collectively. This year, IBHE selected 79 pieces from 36 artists.

During the fall 2016 semester, the IBHE sent a call to public and private two- and four-year colleges to submit artwork. The selected art is displayed for the year in the IBHE lobby, conference rooms and hallways.

“Having our student’s work exhibited in Springfield is an accomplishment and reflects well on both the creative abilities of our students and the quality of instruction and studio facilities they encounter while studying at Moraine Valley,” said Tyler Hewitt, Moraine Valley professor of Studio Art. “For artists, having our work exhibited is valuable in having it seen and encourages us to continue making creative pieces. It also is something students can add to transfer applications to demonstrate their involvement in the art world.”

Lee, who took a photography class at Moraine Valley in the fall, has four photos on display. “It was very energizing to have my work chosen. It makes me think I should take more classes and get even better at photography,” she said.