Fine Arts @ DGN Mission

North High School endeavors to provide an enriching, vibrant, multidisciplinary environment for the study, creation, and presentation of the Fine Arts.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

2015 WPL/D99 Art Exhibition @WoodridgePL @Dist_99

More than 150 student artists from North and South High Schools in District 99 have collaborated with the Woodridge Public Library to create a breathtaking exhibit of student art work.

The visual art teams at DGN and DGS believe that finding a public venue to showcase student work is an essential element of a strong visual art program.  The collaboration between District 99 and the Village of Woodridge is producing fabulous benefits for students and the community at large. The staff and students of District 99 extend a special thanks to Susan McNeil-Marshall, WPL Administrator, for serving as the host for the exhibition.

The art show is juried by the D99 staff.  Awards are presented by media strand, and, for an overall Best in Show for 2D and 3D

The show runs through April 29 and is available for public viewing during the normal operating hours of the Woodridge Public Library.

North High School Awards
Best in Show - 2D - Livija Rainyte
Best in Show - 3D - Kathleen Gannon

1.  Bridget Shatkus -  “Astroidea”
2.  McKenna Tallon - “Raidne”
3.  Livija Rainyte - “Glassine Eyes”

1.  Tyler Hester -  “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis”
2.  Anayexi Angeles - “Horizon”
3.  Kathleen Gannon - “Octo”

1.  Claire Kozik - “Heart-Breaker and Heart-Eater
2.  Skye Schlottman - “Pop, Punk, Rock”
3.  Claudia Hernandez - “Chaos”

1.  Emma Wilson - “Grushenka”
2.  Emma Wilson - “Portrait of Dostoyevsky”
3.  Claudia Hernandez - “Prancing” &  Katie Igoe “Dance Triptych”

1.  Aubrey Saha - “Unravelling”
2.  Brooke Pryor - “Mina, Eliza, Molly”
3.  Liam Perez - “Floral Self-Portrait”

1.  Aubrey Saha - “Wolf Furnace”
2.  Brooke Pryor - “Searching”
3.  Abby Kosek - “Lorin Sees All”

1.  Andie Sherman - “Nowhere”
2.  Tom Lally - “Empty House”
3.  Abby Hodonicki - “Intimidation Tactics” &  Jacob Malzenski “Visible Fragrance”

1.  John Klasing - “Self-Portrait”
2.  Audrey Staron - “Incongruence”
3.  Ben Gartlan - “Look Behind You”

South High School Awards
Best in Show - 2D - Allison Quinn
Best in Show - 3D - Rob Batten 

1. Anastasiya Lesyuk - "Bloom"
2. Emma Hansen - "Untitled"
3. Sam DeAnda - "Linoleum Print Pot"

1. Nicole Wroblewski - "Poultry Pete"
2. Khrystyna Bonkovska - "My Friend Elena"
3. Jordan Danalewich - "Overlord"

1. Lauren Wolfe - "Evolution of the Corvette"
2. Jocelyn Danalewich - Dance of the Seven Veils"
3. Jakub Smolen - "Tommy Boys"

1. Hannah Wood - "What's Not Seen"
2. Jose Sanchez - "Bound"
3. Crystal Panganiban - "Behind Me"

1. Arabella Zurbano - "Step One"  Wanting"
2. Chris Lippi - "Self-Portrait"
3. Katie Turyna - "Absence"

1. Anna Merikas - "Bye Bye Birdie"
2. Mireya Valdez - "Tear Drop"

3. Alex Castillo - "Inlayed"

1. Jimmy Schatmeyer - "See You Later Alligator"
2. Gladys Jacob - "Down The Drain"
3. Gabriele Macenis - "Abstract Eggs"

1. Tylie Loya - "Rabbit Redux"
2. Khrystyna Bonkovska - "Cleo"
3. Delilah Garcia - "Spring Has Sprung"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Woodridge Public Library Show Opens Tonight! @woodridgepl

150 Visual Art students from District 99 are being featured in a public art exhibit hosted by the Woodridge Public Library. Tonight's Artist/Awards Reception (6 - 7:30 PM) is free and open to the public. Come meet these outstanding art students - and their dedicated teachers - at the Woodridge Public Library.

If you are unable to attend this evening, the work will be available to view during normal operating hours through the end of April.

The Fine Arts Departments of Downers Grove North and South High Schools extend our appreciation to the Woodridge Public Library for hosting this show in their beautiful facility.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Jazz Ensemble and Student Council Join Forces to Provide "Sharing Is Caring" Dinner / Concert

Congratulations to the musicians of the DGN Jazz Lab Band, DGN Percussion Ensemble, and DGN Jazz Ensemble, for their terrific performances in the 2015 Sharing is Caring Concert.  

A special shout-out is extended to senior Evan Culligan for his solo this evening, and to guest artist - piano great - Mr. Frank Caruso.  

The Fine Arts Department thanks the DGN Student Council for partnering with us this evening to bring music to many special guests who joined the Student Council for dinner prior to the concert.  Well done Trojans; you were POSITIVELY NORTH tonight!























Monday, April 13, 2015

"Sharing Is Caring" Jazz Concert - Tuesday, April 14th @ 7 PM

Don't miss the 2015 "Sharing Is Caring" Jazz Concert Tuesday night, featuring the DGN Jazz Lab Band, DGN Jazz Ensemble, and DGN Percussion Ensemble.  Senior Soloist Evan Culligan will be featured on Tenor Saxophone, and jazz piano great Frank Caruso will cap-off his two-day residency at North High as a guest soloist with both jazz bands.

The concert, which begins at 7 PM in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium, is free and open to the public.  Out of town family and friends may view the concert on The Cube here:



DGN Welcomes Frank Caruso

The North High Fine Arts Department welcomed jazz pianist Frank Caruso to campus today as a part of a two-day residency with the DGN Bands.  

Mr. Caruso, who teaches at Elmhurst College in addition to his professional performances in the Chicago region, presented workshops about jazz theory to members of the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band today.  In addition, Mr. Caruso worked with students in the Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble in preparation for the 2015 "Sharing Is Caring" Jazz Concert to be held tomorrow evening, April 14th.  

Mr. Caruso returns to campus tomorrow to continue his residency, and work with students in small group lessons throughout the day.







Winter Guard Championships / Season Celebration Tonight!

The DGN Winter Guard participated in the regional Championships held in La Porte, IN over the opening weekend of Spring Break.  The team's performance was one of their best of the entire season, placing 9th.

Congratulations to senior Madison Ukrin for receiving the Larry Bakko Memorial Scholarship, and to senior Robin Younker for receiving the Dot Dahnke Scholarship.  With over 50 teams attending the Championships, it is significant that two of the scholarships (out of four total) went to students in the DGN Winter Guard.  

The Winter Guard will perform this evening, at 7:30 PM in the DGN Field House, for family and friends who would like to see the routine one final time.  Come on out and support the hard work of the 2014-15 Winter Guard, and congratulate them on a terrific season!