Student Winners Honored at Naperville Sister Cities 2017 Young Artists Showcase and Gallery Exhibition

Winner of the Sister Cities Young Artists competition

Winning artwork

From left to right, Adam Johnson, Laurie Donahue, Philip Schulz, Brooke Grigsby, Councilwoman Patty Gustin and Patty Lindstrom pose for a photo. Schulz’s winning piece, “Take Flight,” features a compilation of photos from his personal travels to represent the places and things we see in life. 

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Neuqua Valley High School student Philip Schulz has been selected as the 2017 winner of Naperville’s Sister Cities Young Artists showcase. Schulz and eight other Naperville students, including second place winner Brooke Grigsby; runner-up, Rachel Braun; and honorable mention awardees, Zifang Wang, Ananya Singh, Cecilia Chen, Cecelia Lei, Calvin Guo and Yangyang Li; were honored at the Sister Cities 2017 Young Artists Showcase and Gallery Exhibition on Thursday, April 6 at the Naperville Art League – Fine Art Center and Gallery. Schulz will have his art work submitted to Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C. for national, and potentially international, recognition. In addition, Schulz and Grigsby were awarded prizes valued at $1600 courtesy of the Sister Cities Commission, DuPage Children’s Museum, Naper Settlement, Chicago Sinfonietta, Naperville Art League, Dick Blick and Q’s BBQ. 

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