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McHenry County College Students Selected for 2020 Skyway Juried Art Competition, Achievement Awards

[Thursday, June 11, 2020]


McHenry County College (MCC) art students have been busy creating new art, participating in exhibitions, and winning awards.

Seven MCC art students were recently selected to participate in the 2020 Skyway Juried Art Exhibit, hosted by Waubonsee Community College. Skyway is a blind-juried art competition in which MCC participates with seven other regional community colleges. The exhibit provides an opportunity for emerging student artists to display their work. This year, 37 total students were selected from the eight total colleges that participated.

Three of the MCC students selected for Skyway also received awards in this year’s exhibit. Tarren Garcia won the Award of Merit for “3,” oil on canvas; Cheyenne Turley received the Award of Excellence for “Crooked Teeth,” metals, mixed media; and Jenny Vigh won the Award of Excellence for “On the Beach,” a silver gelatin print. Other MCC students selected for the competition included Deane Ferguson, Ryan Grandt, Anne Marie Whitmore Lenzini, and Michelle Mathis. 

MCC art student Francesca McGinley recently received the Voices 2020 Best of Magazine Award for Visual Art. Voices, MCC’s annual literary arts magazine, is published each Spring semester and showcases works of short fiction, poetry, art, video, and music submitted by MCC students. The 2020 edition of Voices can be viewed at 

Several art students were also recognized with MCC Permanent Art Collection Purchase Awards. These students include Steve Barclay for “Untitled”; Holly Kopacek, “Laundry”; and Annalise Rauchenberger, “Gertrude.” These works, selected by the MCC Art Department faculty and staff, will be added to MCC’s permanent collection and installed at the College.     

The 2020 Dan Risch Memorial Scholarship winners included Ryan Grandt, Francesca McGinley, and Gloria Stewart. The scholarship, established in memory of former MCC art student Dan Risch, is awarded to outstanding and promising visual art students.

This year’s Art Department Student Award was given to Ryan Grandt. This award, selected by the Art faculty, and is given to a student that has gone above and beyond in creating exceptional work while displaying an outstanding work ethic and attitude. 

The MCC Virtual Student Art Exhibition can also be viewed anytime at 

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