Wednesday, February 01, 2023
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Congratulations to the members of the DGN and DGS Jazz programs for their outstanding performances tonight at South High School. It was a pleasure and honor for our students to open for the great Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra!
Sunday, January 29, 2023
What is the Senior Scholarship?
The Downers Grove North Friends of Fine Arts (FOFA) are pleased to announce our Senior Scholarship award program. FOFA will award scholarships to seniors who are planning to continue their education in the fall following their high school graduation and who plan to participate in some capacity in the fine arts. The FOFA Senior Scholarship Committee reviews the applications in a blind format.
Who may apply?
Current DGN seniors may apply for a scholarship if they are planning to be both involved in the fine arts and continue their education in the fall of 2023. To be eligible, the student must be enrolled in a Fine Arts course during their senior year and have completed 6 semesters of Fine Arts courses upon graduation from Downers Grove North High School.
- At least one scholarship will be awarded to a senior attending a college in the fall where they will be pursuing a degree involving Fine Arts.
- At least one scholarship will be awarded to a senior who is pursuing an area of study outside of the Fine Arts but plans to continue a Fine Arts activity in college during their freshman year.
- One student who will be majoring in Fine Arts education will be awarded the Brayer Teague Scholarship for Arts Education
To what may the award be applied?
Recipients will use this one-time award towards tuition at an accredited two or four-year institution of higher learning. The FOFA Senior Scholarship will be administered and awarded in compliance with the DGN Student/Parent Handbook and Code of Conduct Policy.
How do I apply?
Complete the application (fillable Google Form), which can be found HERE or at tinyurl.com/DGN-FOFA-SeniorScholarship2023 The application requires a typed parent/guardian acknowledgment signature. Applications must be submitted electronically via the Google Form no later than 11:59 pm, Wednesday, March 22, 2023. The Fine Arts Department Chairperson will then accept all applications, remove the student’s name from the application, assign the application an ID number, and submit it to the Scholarship Review Committee for blind review.
What are the criteria for selecting winners?
The Scholarship Review Committee will review the applicant’s grades in the Fine Arts, school activities involving the Fine Arts, activities outside of school involving the Fine Arts, other extracurriculars at DGN, civic/community service, work experience, and essays about the applicant’s future plans and growth as an artist/musician/thespian. All of these components will be judged blindly and relative to other applicants with similar future plans. Semi-finalists may be required to attend an interview with the Scholarship Review Committee in April. The recipients will be presented with the scholarship at the DGN Senior Awards Night (currently scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023), or by a phone call from the FOFA President.
Please note: If you are the recipient of a full Fine Arts or full academic grant/scholarship for college, we ask that you do not apply for the FOFA Scholarship as you will not be eligible.
Checklist for completion:
- Complete the Google application form in its entirety, including student and parent electronic signature and date. We suggest you use Google Docs or another tool to create your essay responses, then copy these to the form.
- Submit the completed application by 11:59 PM, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours that your submission has been received. If you do not receive an email, please re-submit.
Scholarship Alert (Freshmen/Sophomores/Juniors): 2023 Summer Study Grant in the Fine Arts! (DGN FOFA)
To be considered, your application must be submitted by Sunday, April 16, 2023. The Summer Study Grant application is completely paperless, HERE. You may also complete the form here:
Seniors may apply for one of the two possible College Music Awards ($1,000 each). Additional information, on the Downers Grove Music Club website, may be found HERE.
Any District 99 high school band, choir or orchestra senior, who will be graduating during the this academic year and who will be attending college in the fall of 2021, is eligible to apply.
The application must be completed and submitted, along with a performance video recording, as directed on the submission website, by April 1. Award recipients will be chosen only from among the applications received by the deadline date.
Scholarship Alert (Freshman/Sophomores/Juniors): 2023 Downers Grove Music Club Rising Stars Music Awards
Any District 99 high school band, choir or orchestra student, currently in his/her junior year, pursuing a musical educational experience during the summer in which tuition is charged, is eligible to apply for a Rising Stars Award. Pianists may apply in the musical category with which they are affiliated.
The application, and submission of performance video, must be completed online.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Stephen Cecil (12) – Viola, All State Honors Orchestra
Owen Curran (12) – Tenor II, All State Chorus
Cecilia DeArcangelis (12) – Soprano II, All State Chorus
Sophia Hamelka (11) – All State Composition
Cameron Hejny (12) – Clarinet, All State Honors Band
Robert Huth (12) – Cello, All State Orchestra
Tabitha Irvin (12) – Bass Clarinet, All State Honors Band
Jonathan Isoniemi (12) – Bass I, All State Honors Chorus
Hannah Janka (12) – Horn, All State Honors Band
Ethan Martin (11) – Tuba, All State Honors Band
Caleb McCloud (10) – Violin, All State Orchestra
Nicole Moravec (12) – Violin, All State Orchestra
Aarush Palli (11) – Piccolo, All State Band
Matthew Sirota (11) – Tenor II, All State Chorus
Ethan Weingust (11) – Bassoon, All State Honors Band
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
The Downers Grove North High School Fine Arts Department is proud to announce the results of the judging from the 2023 Scholastic Art Awards. This year more than 250,000 woks of art and writing were submitted nationally. In the Chicago Region 2,347 works from 1,008 artists representing 186 art educators and 46 high schools were submitted for adjudication. North High artists won a total of 107 awards, including 1 Best of Show, 31 Gold Key Awards, 37 Silver Key Awards, and 38 Honorable Mention Awards.
“District 99 looks forward to hosting the Chicago-area regional exhibition at North High,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chairman. According to Teague, the art teachers from both North and South High School play an important role in putting the exhibition together. “Our teachers are the engine behind this regional affiliate of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Their dedication and tireless commitment enables student artists from all over the suburban region to have their work evaluated by professional artists. I'm immeasurably proud of our faculty for their efforts to coordinate this regional exhibition, assuring this important opportunity for students and art educators all over Chicago."
Senior Aiden Robinson garnered a prestigious American Vision nomination. "The American Vision designation is the 'best of show' award for a Scholastic Regional Exhibition," said Teague. "Only five of these awards are given by the judges, in total, placing the works in the top one-quarter of one percent of all adjudicated pieces. This is the second year in a row that Aiden has been honored as an American Vision nominee at the regional level, making him our school's first-ever back-to-back honoree!"
CLICK HERE to view a portfolio of all DGN award winning artwork.
The public is invited to attend that Exhibition's Opening Reception on Sunday, January 29, from 1:00 - 4:00 PM at Downers Grove North High School (4436 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515).
AMERICAN VISION - Best of Show (1)
Aiden Robinson (Sculpture) Remember That Night
GOLD KEY AWARDS (31)
Emily Allen (Ceramics & Glass) Kettle Bunny
Julia Arnold (Film & Animation) The Feeling of Home
Julia Arnold (Art Portfolio) Found Family
Sarisa Chulanon (Jewelry) numbers ? worth
Natalie DiBartolo (Ceramics & Glass) Chomp
Timmy Fleming (Sculpture) The Beggar
Natasha Fugate (Photography) Break of Dawn
Eve Giesler (Digital Art) Holy Melancholy
Henry Gwozdz (Photography) Anesthetized
Henry Gwozdz (Mixed Media) For the Five
Henry Gwozdz (Photography) A Mind of Its Own
Jaclynn Howard (Ceramics & Glass) Trio Set
Nathan Klasen (Jewelry) Eternal Vigilance
Ella Leathers (Photography) On the Streets
Nathaniel Lee (Digital Art) Handyman
Calliope Legare (Digital Art) Venomous Bliss
Maura MacDonald (Digital Art) Shattered
Ieva Mieliauskas (Ceramics & Glass) Cat & Mouse
Tabaaraka Muzammil (Ceramics & Glass) Freedom
Emily Nemeth (Art Portfolio) Burning Through the Years
Sarah Paul (Painting) Bodys
Aiden Robinson (Sculpture) 527 N Hamlin
Aiden Robinson (Jewelry) Maker’s Mark
Aiden Robinson (Art Portfolio) A New Perspective
Aiden Robinson (Jewelry) Chained To The Craft
Aiden Robinson (Sculpture) Remember That Night
Emma Salman (Jewelry) I Wish You’d Let Me Go
Emma Salman (Jewelry) Protecting My Peace
Sarah Woods (Photography) A Daughter’s Form
Sarah Woods (Photography) Laundry Day
Sarah Woods (Photography) Familial Scenes
SILVER KEY AWARDS (37)
Julia Arnold (Comic Art) Winter Break
Julia Arnold (Comic Art) A Conversation
Emma Barton (Jewelry) Let It Bee
Sarisa Chulanon (Art Portfolio) Breaking Standards
Aidan Corbett (Sculpture) Reach Out
Katherine Cremer (Jewelry) Flowing Flames
Nathan Gier (Jewelry) Molten
Eve Giesler (Jewelry) Moon Moth
Eve Giesler (Digital Art) The Horned One
Henry Gwozdz (Jewelry) Euthanize My Digital Self
Henry Gwozdz (Photography) I Prefer to Eat Alone
Henry Gwozdz (Photography) My Flesh is Your Currency
Henry Gwozdz (Photography) Satisfaction is a Luxury
Henry Gwozdz (Photography) My Fate is Sealed
Payton Hubbs-Plumley (Digital Art) Rejoicing
Payton Hubbs-Plumley (Digital Art) Blizzard
Charlie Michaels (Ceramics & Glass) Box Monster
Bailey Mongello (Ceramics & Glass) Holding it Together
Gretchen Nelson (Photography) Phantasm
Emily Nemeth (Sculpture) Kaida
Emily Nemeth (Jewelry) Vulcan
Amelia Passero (Jewelry) Baron Von Fredrick the 3rd
Sarah Paul (Painting) PressureSarah Paul (Drawing & Illustration) Forest
Sarah Paul (Drawing & Illustration) Morning Coffee
Leo Peters (Digital Art) Crimson King’s Chorus
Matthew Poe (Photography) Tents
Matthew Poe (Photography) The End of Time
Aiden Robinson (Sculpture) What The Locksmith Sees
Aiden Robinson (Jewelry) To My Metalwork Teacher, I Am Forever Grateful
Aiden Robinson (Ceramics & Glass) Maker’s Mark II
Aiden Robinson (Ceramics & Glass) Winter Cottage
Aiden Robinson (Art Portfolio) Life and Its Many Emotions
Azrael Robinson (Mixed Media) I Am Not Your Dream Boy
Azrael Robinson (Design) The Mothman of West Virginia
Jonah Sutton (Photography) Abandon
Sarah Woods (Photography) Marks of an Unloving Home
HONORABLE MENTION (38)
Julia Arnold (Comic Art) They Make My World More Colorful
Julia Arnold (Comic Art) Found Family Dinner
Sarisa Chulanon (Mixed Media) The Asian ExperienceSarisa Chulanon (Photography) False Reflection
Timmy Fleming (Jewelry) Breeze
Eric Fosket (Photography) Blue Teeth
Maya Gawley (Jewelry) Metanoia
Nathan Gier (Sculpture) Lighthouse
Nathan Gier (Jewelry) Current
Henry Gwozdz (Sculpture) The Internal Questioning of Your Hospitality
Payton Hubbs-Plumley (Digital Art) Dad
Payton Hubbs-Plumley (Drawing & Illustration) Carrot Filer
Payton Hubbs-Plumley (Comic Art) The Journey
Erika Kellam (Ceramics & Glass) Delilah
Nathan Klasen (Sculpture) Where The Sun Rises
Nathan Klasen (Jewelry) No Mans Land
Amelia Kolatek (Drawing & Illustration) Konstancja
Emily Kus (Jewelry) Balance of Nature
Ella Leathers (Photography) Addiction
Nathaniel Lee (Art Portfolio) Crimson Anatomy
Lydia Metcalf (Drawing & Illustration) The Conducting Mantis
Charlie Michaels (Ceramics & Glass) Uncertain Seas
Kate Miller (Photography) What You Don’t See
Gretchen Nelson (Photography) Gentle Horror
Emily Nemeth (Jewelry) Dual Embers
Amelia Passero (Jewelry) The Slain Heart
Amelia Passero (Jewelry) The Curse Occurs
Sarah Paul (Drawing & Illustration) Epiphany
Mattew Poe (Photography) Desires
Mattew Poe (Photography) The Cultivation of Time
Mattew Poe (Painting) Dreamscape
Aiden Robinson (Jewelry) Engineer’s Touch
Greta Serniute (Painting) One Ways
Greta Serniute (Painting) Look At What You’ve Done
Ashley Wachel (Art Portfolio) Poor Language, Soul Language
Ashley Wachel (Design) What Are We Looking For?
Luke Williams (Ceramics & Glass) Adventure Through The Mind
Sarah Woods (Art Portfolio) Reflections of Self