Students shine at SICL Art Show

The Best in Show award went to Alondra Hernandez, of BGM Schools.

Thornburg, Iowa- In early May, numerous area students showed off their best work at an art show at Tri-County Community School. The annual SICL Art Show showcased a variety of art from sculptures, to paintings, to models, to photographs. Jody Prell, a teacher at Tri-County who was involved with the art show, said that this is the 17thyear of the show, which was previously hosted in Belle Plaine.


“The SICL Art Show started about 17 years ago in Belle Plaine. They hosted it for the first 12 years. The last 5 years we have been in an alphabetical rotation,” Prell said.


According to Prell, teachers can submit their students’ work in a number of categories. Students are then grouped into two age divisions- grades 9/10 and grades 11/12- and then judged against their peers. Professor Mark McWhorter, from Indian Hills Community College, judged the students’ work this year.


“The top three in each division is given an award. There is also a Best In Show Award and Teacher's Choice Awards. Each teacher that visits the show can give one award to a piece they like,” Prell said.


All 12 schools in the SICL conference participated in the art show. Prell said that she views the show as a way to motivate students to try their best.


“I think it is a good motivator for art students by encouraging them to be creative, work with a variety of materials, and put effort into their work,” Prell said.


For full results and more, catch the May 23 edition of the News-Review.