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Local Art Students Visit Chicago

SIC Art students on the steps of The Art Institute of Chicago Pictured (l-r) are Tristen Bolin of Harrisburg, Taylor Cox of Eldorado, Tiffany Day of Harrisburg, and Autumn Pritchett of Galatia.

Southeastern Illinois College Art Club traveled to the Windy City this month for some exciting cultural experiences.

Staying at a hotel near Willis (Sears) Tower, four students and instructor Sara DeNeal got a chance to visit the Willis Tower, try a Chicago style deep dish pizza, spend a day at the Art Institute of Chicago, and take in a show at the Cadillac Palace Theater.

Art student Tristen Bolin of Harrisburg was inspired by the trip.

“I loved the art museum just seeing works in person that you have seen in books or pictures for such a long time,” he said.  “It was very inspirational and it gave me an even bigger drive to keep being an artist.”

A highlight of the Chicago trip for the students was attending a matinee of Aladdin the Musical, which is on a national tour from Broadway in New York.

Art director Sara DeNeal said her favorite part of being an instructor is helping students discover what the world has to offer by taking trips such as this one.


SIC students Taylor Cox of Eldorado and Tristen Bolin of Harrisburg study “Paris Street, Rainy Day” by Gustave Caillebotte at The Art Institute of Chicago.

“By taking students to Chicago, I am able to share in their new experiences and help them shape their sense of self,” said DeNeal.  “I love watching them discover paintings and sculptures they’ve only ever seen in textbooks or on the internet. The discovery of the brushstroke or chisel mark on real artwork is worth the trip every time.”

This is the second trip to Chicago made by the SIC Art Club under the sponsorship of DeNeal. Fundraisers are held each year to save up for the annual trips. Next year the theater fraternity, Theta Sigma Phi will join the art club as they team up to take students to New York City.

To learn more about the visual art program or art Club at SIC, call Sara DeNeal at 252-5400 ext. 2232.