CHAMPAIGN — Students at the three Catholic schools in Champaign will show their art in an exhibition called "Making their mark ... The Wonder, Beauty and Gift of Catholic School Students," opening Thursday at the Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St.
The opening reception will be from 6:30 to 8 that night, and the art will remain on view through May 22.
Art teachers De Cornyn, William Geerdes and Deborrah Pagel are presenting work by students at Holy Cross, St. Matthew and The High School of St. Thomas More.
"As art specialists for the schools ... in the Champaign Vicariate, we believe the arts are an essential part of the core curriculum, and maintain the tradition of the arts as a transmitter of cultural knowledge within the faith," they said in a release. "This exhibition and the works in it reflect this belief and continue this tradition.
"Our goal is to use art-making as an important part of educating the whole student, and further the cause of what others have known for a long time, that the arts help to develop the whole person and help students achieve the 21st-century skills that are being sought by schools and businesses alike, and that have been mandated by National Education Standards and endorsed by such organizations as the Illinois Art Education Association and the National Arts Education Association."