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2 H-F students part of a juried art exhibition

Javiyah Israel, left, and Isaiah Cole, students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, stand alongside their art works being exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition. (Provided photo)

Art works by two Homewood-Flossmoor High School students are on exhibit in the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Javiyah Israel, a junior from Homewood, and Isaiah Cole, a sophomore from Flossmoor, each submitted two pieces for the show that runs through April 21. The public can view the collection. The art exhibition and contest is more than 50 years old and is considered the nation’s longest running exhibition featuring African American artwork. The 2024 exhibition has pieces submitted by more than 100 artists.

Both students learned of the exhibition from H-F art teacher Jackie Vargo. They each said that being in a show that highlighted the talents of African Americans was a thrill for them. “I wanted to express what Blacks can fully achieve,” Cole said.

Israel said this was the first time her work was judged for a competition. She has been developing her talents for years. She’s created pieces for H-F’s Etta magazine, and she has done specialty pieces for charity and community events. She also has started her own small business as a freelance illustrator.

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Israel enjoys all media, but especially computer graphics. Of her two pieces in the exhibition, one is “Urban Outing,” an acrylic painting on canvas and the other is a framed digital piece of art she calls “Flower Shower.”  She is the daughter of Viola and Jason Israel and plans to pursue a career in fine arts in college.

Cole used graphic design for his two pieces in the show.  One piece represents France, with the Eiffel Tower being prominent in the work. The other piece, titled “Beauty of Life” uses a variety of animals presented in 3-D. Cole has been interested in drawing since he was 10. He started by drawing houses, people and whatever his creativity could come up with.

Cole said he switched to graphic design after taking his first course at H-F as a freshman. Cole, the son of O’Keena McDonald of Flossmoor, said he plans to major in computer science in college and will incorporate art into it.

2 H-F students part of a juried art exhibition

By Chronicle Staff

Art works by two Homewood-Flossmoor High School students are on exhibit in the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Javiyah Israel, a junior from Homewood, and Isaiah Cole, a sophomore from Flossmoor, each submitted two pieces for the show that runs through April 21. The public can view the collection. The art exhibition and contest is more than 50 years old and is considered the nation’s longest running exhibition featuring African American artwork. The 2024 exhibition has pieces submitted by more than 100 artists.

Both students learned of the exhibition from H-F art teacher Jackie Vargo. They each said that being in a show that highlighted the talents of African Americans was a thrill for them. “I wanted to express what Blacks can fully achieve,” Cole said.

Israel said this was the first time her work was judged for a competition. She has been developing her talents for years. She’s created pieces for H-F’s Etta magazine, and she has done specialty pieces for charity and community events. She also has started her own small business as a freelance illustrator.

Israel enjoys all media, but especially computer graphics. Of her two pieces in the exhibition, one is “Urban Outing,” an acrylic painting on canvas and the other is a framed digital piece of art she calls “Flower Shower.”  She is the daughter of Viola and Jason Israel and plans to pursue a career in fine arts in college.

Cole used graphic design for his two pieces in the show.  One piece represents France, with the Eiffel Tower being prominent in the work. The other piece, titled “Beauty of Life” uses a variety of animals presented in 3-D. Cole has been interested in drawing since he was 10. He started by drawing houses, people and whatever his creativity could come up with.

Cole said he switched to graphic design after taking his first course at H-F as a freshman. Cole, the son of O’Keena McDonald of Flossmoor, said he plans to major in computer science in college and will incorporate art into it.

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