Arts & Cultural Events

Experience the Arts 

Art. Music. Dance. Literature. Culture. Experience all of these and more this year at Kishwaukee College. From shows in the Art Gallery to Poetry Readings that you can enjoy and participate in, Kish has it all. 

Many Arts and Cultural Events feature student works and performances from our Arts, Music and Literature courses. Many events are offered during the day, making it convenient for students to experience the Arts. And all events are free and open to the public.

Set your mind and spirit soaring at Kish!

POETRY 

April is National Poetry Month

Please follow the link to the Fifth Annual Kish Poetry Open Mic event. Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSvIr5_n4mU

VIRTUAL ART

Virtual Arts in May

“Creating artwork allows your mind to be in a safe place while it contemplates the tougher issues you are dealing with.” George E. Miller

In these challenging times, we hope to bring you some joy through the arts. Visit this page throughout the month of May to view virtual versions of our spring art show, music recitals, and events by our Performing Arts Club.

MUSIC/DANCE

Spring Virtual Music Recital 

Students enrolled in Kish’s private music classes will perform selections from their semester of study in voice, piano, and guitar. Sit back and enjoy the sounds of classical works and maybe an original piece or two. 

SP20 Virtual Music Recital

Virtual Performing Arts 

The Kish Performing Arts Club members were so disappointed to have to cancel their spring play because of the pandemic. Instead, they’ve put together two virtual group performances for you on Zoom, a reading from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and a reading from The Humans by Matt Haig.

Because they had to record the group performances on Zoom, there are a few sound problems due to microphone or Internet issues, but the videos are captioned, so just make sure you have your captions turned on when you watch. They hope you enjoy them!

The Little Prince

Advice for a Human

This video combines individual student performances, including a clarinet solo, two original poems, a song from the musical Wicked, and an uplifting monologue.

Third Performing Arts Club Video

ART

Kamelian Literary/Arts Magazine 

Publication Release: At the Student Awards Day Ceremony TBA, Jenkins Auditorium

The Kamelian is Kishwaukee College’s award-winning literary magazine first published in 1969. Students across campus are invited to submit their best work in essay, poetry, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art work. Prizes are awarded to the top submissions. The result? A beautiful collection of art and literature – all original by local students!

Kishwaukee College 2020 Spring Juried Student Virtual Art Show
Juried by Michelle-Erickson Goetll

Congratulations to all of the artists who had their submissions accepted for the 2020 Spring Juried Virtual Art Show!

Please click here to see the artwork: SP20 Juried Student Virtual Art Show

Accepted Artworks and Awards

Artist Name: Cecilia Schmitt 
Title: Lush
Media: Acrylic
**Award: First Place

Artist Name: Maria Hernandez 
Title: Petrichor
Media: Digital Photography
**Award: Second Place

Artist Name: Maria Hernandez 
Title: Frida
Media: Acrylic on Canvas
**Award: Third Place

Artist Name: Damesis Carrillo
Title: Luna Movie Poster
Media: Digital
**Award: Honorable Mention

Artist Name: Maria Hernandez 
Title: Carmen
Media: Digital Photography
**Award: Honorable Mention

Artist Name: Pedro Villa
Title: Scream Queen
Media: Photography
**Award: Honorable Mention

Artist Name: Leslie Wilcher 
Title: Smear
Media: Digital
**Award: Honorable Mention

Artist Name: Dominic Buckner 
Title: Spring Fever
Media: Digital
**Award: Honorable Mention

Artist Name: Sharon Saponari 
Title: Apples
Media: Oil on Canvas

Artist Name: Stephanee Dries 
Title: Watching
Media: Digital

Artist Name: Pedro Villa
Title: Rainbow Light
Media: Photography

Artist Name: Marshall Vanderstappen 
Title: Music Central Poster
Media: Digital

Artist Name: Megan Renwick 
Title: Today’s Your Lucky Day
Media: Acrylic on Skateboard

Artist Name: Maria Hernandez 
Title: Leo
Media: Pen on Paper

Artist Name: Maria Hernandez 
Title: Flowers Grow There Too
Media: Acrylic on Canvas

Artist Name: Madison Bauling 
Title: Les Nenuphars
Media: Digital

Artist Name: Leslie Wilcher 
Title: Infinity
Media: Digital

Artist Name: Kayla Mingus 
Title: Lost Game
Media: Digital Photography

Artist Name: Kathe Wilson 
Title: Reclining Nude
Media: Charcoal on Paper

Artist Name: Jonathon Kurtzman 
Title: Untitled
Media: Charcoal on Paper

Artist Name: James Haberstich 
Title: Ridge of Life
Media: Digital Photography

Artist Name: Hannah Sutter 
Title: Dinosaur Age
Media: Watercolor

Artist Name: Glorie OConnell 
Title: Lowertown
Media: Acrylic On Canvas

Artist Name: Glorie OConnell 
Title: Green Goddess
Media: Acrylic On Canvas

Artist Name: Elizabeth Hill
Title: Fallen Leaf
Media: Digital Photography

Artist Name: Adriana Aumann-Weyenberg 
Title: Dormant Drake
Media: Clay

Artist Name: Dominic Buckner 
Title: Self-portrait
Media: Charcoal

Artist Name: Dominic Buckner 
Title: Field of Wonder
Media: Ink

Artist Name: Dominic Buckner 
Title: Self-portrait
Media: Digital

Artist Name: Dominic Buckner 
Title: Cool Dude
Media: Digital

Artist Name: David Masoner 
Title: A Sleeping Cat Named Goggles
Media: Digital Photography

Artist Name: Cecilia Schmitt 
Title: Baby Head in Pot
Media: Cardboard

Artist Name: Cecilia Schmitt 
Title: Juicy
Media: Clay

Artist Name: Cecilia Schmitt 
Title: Ideals of Beauty
Media: Digital

Artist Name: Autumn Nelson 
Title: Untitled
Media: Photography

Artist Name: Arianna Moore 
Title: God’s Beauty
Media: Photography

 

Kishwaukee College Permanent Art Collection

Throughout the College

Kishwaukee College’s hallways and public spaces feature works from the College’s permanent collection. The works represent a variety of media, local, regional and world famous artists. 

 

In the Art Gallery 2019 - 2020:

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 23, 2019 - October 10, 2019

This exhibition celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring Hispanic artists working in any media; juried by José Avalos, KC Art Faculty and curated by Gina Andrade, KC Graduate (Art) and Loretta Swanson, KC Art Adjunct Faculty.

 

Peter Olson: Catalogue of Obsessions

October 28, 2019 - November 15, 2019

This exhibition features the prints of Peter Olson. Much of Olson's work includes wild birds in their native habitats which are exhibited alongside some of the old natural history prints (such as Audubon) that inspired him. This exhibit will appeal to science and biology folks as well as art enthusiasts. Curated by Loretta Swanson, KC Art Adjunct Faculty and Claire Lamoureux, KC Graduate (Art).

 

Kishwaukee College Juried Fall Student Exhibition

December 2, 2019 – December 14, 2019

This juried exhibition highlights artwork created by Kishwaukee College students. Much of the work on display is a product of Kishwaukee College’s art program, showcasing artwork in an array of media, such as painting, drawing, ceramics, metals, printmaking, design, and photography. Awards will be given out to student artists for artworks that are considered the best of their discipline as decided by the juror.

 

Made in the Midwest: A Selection of Local Artists

January 14, 2020 – January 31, 2020

This Exhibition highlights some of the local Kishwaukee Valley Art League (KVAL) artwork pieces.

 

Juried High School Student Art Exhibition

February 24, 2020 – March 12, 2020

This Exhibition is open to district high school students. It gives regional art students an opportunity to build their exhibition résumé by displaying their original artwork in a professional gallery setting, earn prizes, and learn more about pursuing an art education in college by meeting and networking with Kishwaukee College's art faculty. New this year, creative writing categories in Prose and Poetry.

A closing Reception will be held on March 12, 2020 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This event will include a creative writing presentation at 5:30pm and awards ceremony at 6:00pm.

 

FILM

TBA

Cultural Experience

TBA

Past events in the Art Gallery 2018 - 2019: 

Pride in Art: Celebrating DeKalb Area LGBTQ+ Artists
Curated by Kaye Jansen, NIU art intern
Alumni Art Show
Jeremy Foy, Collaboration: Sport and Art

A Half-Century of Kishwaukee College
Faces of Kish
Spring and Fall Juried Student Exhibitions
Annual Juried High School Student Exhibition
Spaces