Sunday, February 24, 2013

"Scholarship Dough" Sale Begins Monday, February 25

FOFA's annual cookie dough and popcorn sale begins this Monday, February 25, continuing through Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy fresh-baked cookies (the easy way!) AND provide much-appreciated scholarship money that supports eligible Downers Grove South fine arts students seeking help to continue their music or visual art studies. (Read "Student Voices" from past scholarship recipients.)

How? Simply place your order for cookie dough or gourmet popcorn through any participating band, orchestra, choir, or visual arts student. View the complete collection of cookie and popcorn choices, or print an order form.

Each item is $13. Please make checks payable to Downers Grove South Fine Arts. Orders can also be turned in to the DGS Fine Arts Office, the band or choir mailbox, or one of the Fine Arts teachers.

Then, on Monday, April 22, plan to pick up your order between 2:00 and 6:00 pm in the Orchestra Room.

Support DGS Fine Arts!
Remember, this is FOFA's largest fundraising event, designed to support students' visual and musical arts endeavors. We appreciate your help! If you have any questions, please contact Janet Lapen at 630-964-6496.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Downers Grove Student Musicians: Opportunities for Juniors and Seniors

Juniors: the Downers Grove Music Club has a ‘Rising Stars’ Award that can significantly help off-set the costs associated with Summer Music Camps.  Please see the information below.

Seniors:  the Downers Grove Rotary awards an annual scholarship of $2,000 to a deserving District 99 student with a strong music background.  The student does not need to be a music major/minor to apply for this scholarship, and financial need is not a criterion.  Please read the information below for more details on how to apply.

Downers Grove Music Club Rising Stars Music Awards

This is to announce the availability of the Downers Grove Music Club Rising Stars Music Awards (formerly referred to as scholarships).  The application is available via the website for the DG Music Club.  The website address is  The Music Award information and application is available in the Educational Opportunities section of the website or it can be accessed directly at this link: 

Please make this monetary award opportunity available to all Juniors enrolled in music at both South and North.  Six awards will be given and each recipient will receive $400 toward furthering their musical education through continued study during the summer.  As outlined in the actual application, the requirements of the application are as follows:
  • Purpose:  to recognize SIX District 99 High School Music students for excelling at a high level of achievement;
  • Eligibility:  current high school Juniors who are actively pursuing music are eligible to apply;
  • Requirement:  the award recipients are required to perform the following year at the Downers Grove Music Club’s Rising Stars program scheduled annually in April;
  • How to Apply:  complete the written application, along with an optional recording;
  • Selection Criteria:  the merit of the applicant’s musical accomplishments and, if provided, the quality of the applicant’s musical performance.
  • Award Notification:  the announcement of the Rising Stars Music Award recipients will be made at the spring awards ceremonies at both Downers Grove North and South.
The application must be submitted either via hardcopy, postmarked no later than April 1, 2013.  Or it must be submitted electronically with a date and time stamp of no later than 11:59 pm April 1, 2013.  
  • mailing address:  Downers Grove Music Club, Attn: Rising Stars Music Awards, P.O. Box 551, Downers Grove, IL  60515
  • email address:
This year we are testing the response to allowing applicants to submit an optional audio/video recording of a musical performance.  This is completely optional. All applications, both those with the optional recording and without the optional recording will be given equal consideration.  

Last year's winners are performing on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:30 pm.  In addition, former Rising Star DGN alumnus and cellist Josh Zajac will be performing as well as future DGS jazz musicians currently in the Lakeview Jazz Band.  Also, the newly formed, student run A Cappella group at the College of DuPage will be included on the program.  The location is the Faith United Methodist Church at the corners of 59th and Fairview in Downers Grove.  Faculty, friends and family are welcome to attend this exciting event.

Rotary Music Scholarship applications now being accepted!

The Rotary Club of Downers Grove is now accepting applications for their annual Charles Dickerman Music Scholarship. Each year the Rotary Club of Downers Grove gives a $2000 scholarship check to a deserving high school senior who resides in the District 99 attendance area. Charles Dickerman was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Downers Grove. He was a nuclear physicist at Argonne National Laboratory who had undergraduate degrees in both physics and music. Charles stayed involved in music throughout his life and was an avid bagpiper.

Download a Scholarship Application form at .

All applicants must have their forms postmarked by March 8, 2013. If selected as a finalist, candidates must be available for an interview and audition in the evening of April 8, 2013.

The qualifications to apply for this scholarship are:
  • Be a graduating senior attending a public, private, parochial or home school, and reside in the High School District 99 attendance area.
  • Plan to pursue a post-secondary education program
  • Have participated in high school curricular music activities and/or extracurricular music activities.
  • Composers and/or arrangers qualify for this scholarship.
  • Pursuit of an undergraduate music major or minor is not required.
  • Financial need is not a criterion for selection

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

FOFA 2013 Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Student Artists, Vocalists and Musicians,

If you are interested in continuing your fine arts studies this summer at a music or art camp, but need financial assistance to attend, please consider applying for a scholarship from Friends of Fine Arts, which annually supports over $3,000 in summer study grants to student musicians and artists.

To be considered, your application must be submitted by Tuesday, March 19. New for this year, the Summer Study grant application is on a Google doc. You can complete the form here.

Questions about the application process? Please ask Mr. Williams, Downers Grove South Fine Arts Department Chair.

Friday, February 1, 2013

South High Student Art Award Winners - Show Opens Feb 10

Note: Volunteers are still needed to support the Scholastic Art Show opening reception on Sunday, February 10. Click here for details and a sign-up form.

The Fine Arts Department at South High School in Downers Grove is pleased to announce the results of the judging from the 2013 Chicago area regional Scholastic Art Awards held at Downers Grove North High School.  25 area high schools submitted more than 2,973 works of art for adjudication.  55 South High School student artists won 120 awards, including 33 Gold Key Awards, 31 Silver Key Awards, and 56 Honorable Mention Awards.  These pieces will be unveiled at the Opening Reception on Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 1-4:00 PM in the auditorium foyer at Downers Grove North High School.  The works will continue in exhibit for one week following the opening reception.

“We are exceedingly proud of both the process followed by our student artists, and, of the products they all create.” said Glenn Williams, Fine Arts Department Chairman at South High.  “Scholastic Art Awards represent a high point of artistic achievement for a high school Visual Artist.”  

2013 Scholastic Art Award Winners – Downers Grove South High School

Gold Key Award Winner
What Suffocates The Land
Samantha Arreguin, artist

Gold Key Award Winner
The Poisen Apple
Crystal Ponce, artist

Gold Key Award
Sammie Anselmo – Photography & Mixed Media (4);
Samantha Arreguin – Photography & Mixed Media (2);
Danielle Conrad – Photography;
Abby Dalton - Photography;
Natalie Denz - Drawing;
Aura Evans – Mixed Media;
Kelly Isaacson – Ceramics & Glass;
Anna Jedralski - Drawing;
Josh Johnson - Photography (2);
Egle Keturakyte - Drawing;
Trevor Lane - Photography;
Kristine LaRue - Photography (2);
Cassandra Lueken - Photography;
Kate Moore – Ceramics & Glass; 
Lori Niehaus – Photography;
Melissa Orton - Jewelry;
Natalie Pelekh – Drawing;
Crystal Ponce – Mixed Media & Drawing (2);
Abby Ray – Mixed Media;
Tyler Richardson – Ceramics & Glass;
Thomas Stice – Ceramics & Glass;
Szilard Tamas - Drawing;
Hannah Wood – Ceramics & Glass

Gold Key Award – Portfolio
Sammie Anselmo; Tiffany Boak; Danielle Conrad; Aura Evans; Crystal Ponce; Taylor Wold

Silver Key Award
Karolina Ambrazaite – Photography (2);
Sammie Anselmo – Photography & Mixed Media (2); 
Samantha Arreguin – Photography (2); 
Danielle Conrad – Photography (2); 
Abby Dalton – Digital Art; 
Mikaela Damon – Drawing;
Natalie Denz – Drawing (2); 
Aura Evans – Drawing & Painting (3); 
Egle Keturakyte – Drawing & Painting (2); 
Trevor Lane – Painting; 
Kristine LaRue – Digital Art & Photography (2); 
Kailei Malauskas – Design; 
Robert Mara – Ceramics & Glass; 
Kate Moore – Ceramics & Glass; 
Crystal Ponce – Drawing; 
Jacquelyn Rubik – Mixed Media; 
Jordan Spivak – Digital Art; 
Thomas Stice – Drawing (2); 
Michael Taus – Painting; 
Taylor Wold – Mixed Media;
Jane Woywood – Drawing

Honorable Mention
Karolina Ambrazaite – Photography;
Sammie Anselmo – Digital Art & Photography (4);
Samantha Arreguin – Photography & Drawing (2); 
Michael Baer – Photography; 
Matthew Baker – Ceramics & Glass;
Tiffany Boak – Photography (2); 
Kelly Cavanaugh – Photography; 
Caitlin Clemens – Ceramics & Glass; 
Ralph Jayson Daguit – Mixed Media; 
Abby Dalton – Photography & Digital Art (2); 
Mikaela Damon – Drawing & Mixed Media (2); 
Aura Evans – Drawing; 
Madeline Gard – Ceramics & Glass; 
Grace Goodwyn – Ceramics & Glass; 
Migle Gvildyte – Ceramics & Glass; 
Anna Jedralski – Drawing; 
Hamlet Jimenez – Drawing; 
Josh Johnson – Drawing (2);
Kristine LaRue –Digital Art; 
Josh Meyers – Drawing; 
Kate Moore – Ceramics & Glass;
Matthew Morlock – Ceramics & Glass;
Crystal Panganiban – Digital Art;
Crystal Ponce – Mixed Media; 
Adriana Quintana – Painting; 
Abby Ray – Photography; 
Karen Ruggiero – Drawing; 
Alveena Saeed – Jewelry; 
Jose Sanchez – Photography; 
Adam Shehadeh – Reprise; 
Caroline Skubal – Ceramics & Glass; 
Jessica Stacko – Photography & Digital Art (5); 
Thomas Stice – Mixed Media; 
Merlyn Thomas – Painting; 
Emily Ullrich – Photography; 
Giuseppe Vattimo – Painting;
Rachel Wen – Ceramics & Glass;
Taylor Wold – Photography (2)

Honorable Mention Award – Portfolio
Sammie Anselmo;  Josh Johnson; Kristine LaRue; Natalie Pelekh; Adriana Quintana

For more information about DGS Visual Art, contact Glenn Williams at, or, go to our department blog at