Higher Ed Matters: Local students clean up at SWIC art show

A number of local art students walked away from Southwestern Illinois College’s Student Art Exhibition with awards.

Winners included:

BELLEVILLE – Amanda Simon won a Krueger Pottery award for her ceramic piece, Balter; Tammy Charron won the SWIC Adjunct Faculty Union Award for her ink and photo transfer piece, “Shikendanz I;” Caleb Berg won a $50 Midwest Salute to the Arts Festival Committee 2-D Award and a President’s Purchase Award for his acrylic painting, “Kevin;” Alyssa Williams won a Kellerman Memorial Award for her ceramic piece, Wheel Thrown Teapot No. 1 and a Midwest Salute to the Arts Festival Committee 3-D Award for her ceramic piece, Wheel-thrown Teapot No. 2; Hannah Bernardini won a Kiwanis Club Award for her mixed media piece, “A Tasty Treat;” Kayanna Clark won a “Getting Ahead” Schmidt Pick Award for her sculpture, titled Alien Head; and Harold White won an Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois award for his 2-D piece, “Reach.”

CASEYVILLE – Kailey Kirkley won a Visual Arts Committee Award for her photograph, “No Scotch Tape.”

COLLINSVILLE – Jessica Curtis won a Visual Arts Committee Award for her untitled drawing.

FREEBURG – Gabe Vines of Freeburg won a Krueger Pottery award for his wood and acrylic piece, It Do Me Bad; Chance Green won the The Noisivelvet Public Art Award and the $50 Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois 3-D Award for his sculpture, Crinoid.

GRANITE CITY – Ann Willmore won the Doug and Darlene Eskra “Arete Award” for her an untitled piece.

MASCOUTAH – Amanda DeBuysere won the Dean’s Award for her photograph, “Untitled II.

O’FALLON – Holly Michel won a Gateway East Artist Guild Award for her charcoal drawing, titled “Lucy.”

SHILOH – Ryan Kemp won one of two President’s Purchase Awards for his colored pencil piece, “The Last time I Ask What’s For Supper.

SWANSEA – Lorraine Cange won a Kiwanis Club Award for her photograph, “Human Rituals” and Theresa Johnson won a Gateway East Artist Guild Award for her untitled photograph featuring a woman with sunglasses.

TROY – Emily Russell won a Visual Arts Committee Award for her ceramic piece, Coiled Braided Pot.


Two Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine students have been awarded $2,500 grants, respectively, from Delta Dental of Illinois.

They received the assistance due to their commitment to improve oral health in Illinois.

Sarah Tien, of Darien, and Ashley McNealy, of Alton, will receive the grants. They earned doctor of dental medicine degrees at commencement Saturday.

“Sarah Tien and Ashley McNealy are both bright students and certainly deserving of this distinguished award from Delta Dental of Illinois,” Bruce Rotter, dean of SIUE’s Dental school, said. “Sarah, Ashley and all the graduates of the Class of 2015 are extremely capable and well trained dentists who will unquestionably have a positive impact on the communities they serve.”

Upon graduation, Tien plans to provide dental care to under-served populations. McNealy plans to practice in Elgin, and is especially interested in using her Spanish language skills to treat the Hispanic population.

Through the grant program, Delta Dental of Illinois provides educational and financial support to two graduating students from the SIU SDM annually.

The SIU School of Dental Medicine students manage approximately 35,000 patient visits each year at its patient clinics in Alton and East St. Louis. In addition, students offer oral health treatment, screenings and education to more than 10,000 people annually through a wide variety of off-campus community outreach events.


Lindenwood University–Belleville will start the summer off with some sweet music starting later this month.

It’s all part of the school’s Summer Rythm Series.

The lineup includes:

Saturday June 27, 2015 – 7-9 p.m. – The Big Little Big Band. – This group of 11 Musicians brings to life the classic big band sounds – including music from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Keaton, and other big band sounds you are sure to enjoy.

Saturday July 18, 2015 – 7-9 p.m. - The Bel Airs. Formed in 1981, The Bel Airs play a mix of authentic electric blues, country, and rock and roll sounds influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin’ Wolf and Johnny Cash.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 7-9 p.m. - The Belleville Philharmonic Presents The Magical Music of Disney. – This concert will be the 1stof its kind for the 2nd older Philharmonic in the Nation, as they play the Disney classics that will entertain the young, and the young at heart.

All shows will be presented at the Lindenwood Auditorium – 2600 West Main Street, Belleville IL, 62226 –

TICKETS are $20 per show and can be purchased the day of the event, or prior to the show by calling the Lindenwood University - Belleville Box Office at (844) 843-5969.

For more information about the Lindenwood University Rhythm and Music Series, contact Mary Reuter, assistant vice president & executive director of community relations at 618-239-6031 or at