Art is more than a simple elective at Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School: it is subject where students learn to observe, create, take an idea and make it come to fruition. This past spring, H-F’s 3D Art students designed, built and installed the sculpture, Bell Tower, in front of the Flossmoor Public Library. H-F's Visual Arts Club sponsors a monthly exhibit at Great American Bagel and Starbucks in Homewood, unveiling student artwork to share with the community. In total, H-F offers nearly 20 community art showings per school year. These efforts are a few of the reasons the school’s Visual Arts Department was named again the Best School Art Program in Illinois by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) for 2013. The department previously received the award 10 years ago in 2003.  

“We are really thrilled and thankful for this honor,” says Greg Petecki, Fine Arts teacher. “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.”

The recognition and award will be given to the department at the IAEA Conference this October in Lisle. Petecki — along with fellow teachers Melissa Sauder, Jaclyn Wargo, Candi Helsel-Wilk and Kristine Weidenhoefer — teach approximately a quarter of the student population each year in classes such asPhotography, Interactive Web Design, 2D Studio Art, Yearbook, A.P. Studio Art, A.P. Art History andFundamentals of Art & Design.

"What an outstanding accomplishment for our entire art department; year in and year out, they have always excelled in academic excellence," says Dr. Von Mansfield, District 233 superintendent. "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." 
According to Petecki, feedback from former students has shown that H-F alumni say connected to the arts even long after their classes have ended.

“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,” says Petecki.


February 2013

Kasey Nemitz won the SWSC Cover Design and Zach Larks won Best of School and Best of 3D for his assemblage sculptures.

EDDA's Three-Ring Circus 2012 edition has recently won:

Columbia Scholastic Press Association (Columbia University)
Gold Medal Winner

American Scholastic Press Association
First Place with Special Merit and Best High School Literary-Art Magazine

National Scholastic Press Association 
First Class, with 2 Marks of Distinction

Also poem by Rose Richard, our editor-in-chief this year, has also been published in TEEN INK's September issue, a national art and literary magazine!


Congressional winners:
First Place - Brooke Wians, Junior , Self-Portrait
Grand Prize - Justine Moulds, Junior, "Colored Pencil rock tool"

Prairie State Winners
Amy Donkel - Best of Show
Taylor Anderson - Best of Graphic Design Category
DiJonnae Morgan - Best of Photography
Maddie Wiens - Best of Drawing
Samantha Flory -Merit
Kelly Nelson - Merit
Ayah Dominguez –Merit

Donald H. Berwanger Award of Excellence - Adam Lundquist, 12
South Suburban College Award of Merit - Ryan Evans, 10
Medici Award - Maddi Wians, 10
Award Distinction - Ryan Evans, 10
Award Distinction -Amy Donkel, 11
First in Media - Jordan Saulsberry, 12
Outstanding Awards - Jonnea Herman, 10
Honorable Mention - Justine Moulds, 11
Honorable Mention - Julie Tomlinson, 11
Honorable Mention -Kyle Bracely, 10
Honorable Mention -Monika Kasowska, 12

This year was the NAHS's Third Annual Spring Art Show.  It was held in the H-F library at 7pm on April 25th for over 100 artists and guests.  The submissions, matting, hanging, tagging, and display were all ran by the members of the NAHS.  We hosted 2 outside judges for determining a best of show, best of each category, and 2 honorable mentions per category.  All "Best of" award winners took home Target gift cards.

NAHS show winners:
Best of Show: Manju Connolly
Best of Drawing: Jordan Saulsberry
Best of Painting: Manju Connolly
Best of Mixed Media: Crissel Marie Arban
Best of Color Photo: Nicole Webb
Best of Black and White Photo: Ricky Dunn
Best of Graphic Design: Sami Pursell
Best of Art Fundamentals:Zhamese Mead


I am very happy to let everyone know that our students did very well at Friday's annual SWSC Visual Arts Festival downtown at Robert Morris College.  Each school was awarded with a 'Best of School' award which was won by Katherine Kuester.  There were also 5 special awards including, best of 2D, best of 3D, best of photography, best of digital media, and the program cover design.  I am excited to share that H-F students won 3 of these categories!  Samantha Flory received Best of Photography, and Montana Sandstrom received both Best of Digital Media and the Program Cover Design. 
I would also like to thank all of you for your continued support of our students and the arts.  It is very evident that H-F stands out in the SWSC and we have all of you to thank for that.

All students who participated in the festival were:
• Montana Sandstrom
• Samantha Flory
• Richard Dunn
• Adam Lundquist
• Josephine Edelbrock
• Robert Villarreal
• Jonnea Herman
• Kelly Ward
• Nicole Webb
• Katherine Kuester



(May 2011) On Friday, May 6, Newspaper, Broadcasting and Yearbook students traveled to Eastern Illinois University for the IHSA State Journalism Finals, where the team finished in 1st Place! The following students placed in their event at the competition:

  • Dana Yanow - 1st Place Broadcasting
  • Veronica Morris - 1st Place Yearbook Theme Development
  • Amy Jackson - 1st Place Yearbook Theme Development
  • Olivia Lubeck - 2nd Place Newspaper Design
  • Laura Nichols - 3rd Place Review Writing
  • Abby Schultz - 4th Place Editorial Writing

Congratulations, students, on this awesome achievement!

(April 2011) Congratulations to the following Art students for a job well done at the 2nd Annual Spring Student Art Show, held April 28 at the HFHS Library. Judges were from Prairie State College and more than 100 guests were in attendance!

Best in Show:Teresa Ciambrone, Color Photography

Art Fundamentals
Best of Category: Cesar Herrera-Rodriguez
Honorable Mention: Camille Frazier, Elizabeth Drwiega & Jennifer Knapp

Graphic Design
Best of Category: Kelly Nelson
Honorable Mention: Barbara Kennedy, Kadie O'Malley & Aaliyah Hubbard

Black & White Photography
Best of Category: Linda Moncada
Honorable Mention: Mariah Archie, Maura Sweeney & Elle DioGuardi

Color Photography
Best of Category: David Walker
Honorable Mention: Khari Shelton, Amanda Morgan & Nicole Webb

Drawing/Mixed Media
Best of Category: Miho Nakamura
Honorable Mention: Alex Schultz, Manju Connolly & Katherin Puckett

Best of Category: Monika Kasowska
Honorable Mention: Colleen Bodee, Larissa Baranikova & Nasthalia Casimir


(March 2011) Three of our Art students — Adam Lundquist, Barbara Kennedy & Monica Kasowska —and two of our Art teachers Candi Helsel-Wilk and Jaclyn Wargo — have been featured on Prismacolor's Scholar in the Classroom website. See their stories and artwork by clicking here!




(April 2010) Each year, Congressman Jessie Jackson, Jr. hosts an art exhibition promoting art education in our high schools. On Sat. April 24, five H-F students competed in the Second Congressional District High School Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery. Out of the 23 entries from seven different high schools, H-F won two of the four awards presented at the ceremony.

Kailah Armand - Honorable Mention for her painting, Forgotten Words and Unspoken Dreams
Melissa Huang - Second Place for her painting titled, Reflections
Monika Kasowska
Alex Schultz
Abbey Stein- Third Place for her colored pencil drawing titled, Macaw

(Mar. 2010)  Twenty-three art students were chosen to exhibit their artwork in the annual Prairie State High School Art Show. The awards and recognitions ceremony took place on March 10. A total of 11 awards were given, and H-F students collected seven. The following H-F students were recognized for their talents: Monika Kasowska-Best of Drawing, Donald Larrieu - Best of Electronic Media, Ashley Armstrong - Best of Photography, Kailah Armand - Merit Award, Angela Arrivo - Merit Award, Maya Holst - Merit Award, Sarah Lichtenberg - Merit Award. Congratulations!

(Mar. 2010)  EDDA was recently named a finalist for a Pacemaker Award given by the National Scholastic Press Association.

(Feb. 2010 ) We are proud to announce that the following students participated in the SWSC Visual Arts Competition at Robert Morris University today and won the following awards: Kailah Armand, Teresa Ciambrone, Melissa Huang - Best 2D Design Student Choice Award, Adam Lundquist, Maggie Manning, Linda Moncada, Miho Nakamura, Emily Schranz - Best of Show for 3D & Best 3D Design Student Choice Award, Ashley Simpson - Cover Design Winner, Khari Shelton - Best of School Award and Nicole Webb.

(Nov. 2009) The Columbia Scholastic Press Association gave four Gold Circle Awards to the staff of the 2009 EDDA to recognize superior work by student journalists as individuals and as an entire staff.
Christian Lorenzo '09--First Place for a single illustration rendering photographic material: Color for Magazines
The EDDA staff '09--Second Place for general use of typography throughout the magazine
Chloe Rasmas '09--Certificate of Merit: Essays for Magazines
The EDDA staff '09--Certificate of Merit: Overall Design, Literary Magazines.

(Sept. 2009) Congratulations to teacher Jackie Wargo who won the Illinois Art Education Association's Early Professional Award. Ms. Wargo will receive her award at the IAEA award luncheon on Nov. 6. The IAEA is an association of art educators in Illinois and has been serving the children and art educators of Illinois for 60 years.

(Sept. 2009) Edda awards:
National Scholastic Press Association: All-American with five marks of distinction
Columbia Scholastic Press Association: Gold medal
American Scholastic Press Association: First Place with special merit AND
Best literary/art magazine in the U.S. for schools of 2500 or more.
Xerox: Best of the Best Award
Gold Ink Award: Silver