Homewood-Flossmoor High School has the best art program in the state, says the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA). It's the second time the school has received this award, but it's been 10 years since the last recognition in 2003.
“This award is an affirmation that we are doing things right, that our program is pretty special and that it can stand up against any other program in the state of Illinois,” Fine Arts instructor Greg Petecki said. “In this day and age, we are pretty humbled that H-F supports us not only financially, but also with a true commitment to the arts, allowing us to do great things with our students.”
Take a quick glimpse at the high school's art department website, and it's clear to see how much they deserve it.
H-F High School offers nearly 20 community art showings per year. Just last spring, the art department really showed off its artistic prowess with the creation of "Bell Tower," a three-dimensional sculpture that now adorns the entrance of the Flossmoor Public Library. And if you've visited the Great American Bagel and Starbucks in Homewood, you've certainly seen work sponsored by H-F's Visual Arts Club.
"What an outstanding accomplishment for our entire art department; year in and year out, they have always excelled in academic excellence," District 233 Supt. Dr. Von Mansfield said. "This award is a tribute to the creativity, hard work and dedication of our art teachers and students. Being recognized by the IAEA is well deserved."
The award will be presented to art department representatives at the IAEA Conference this October in Lisle.