Who knew artists could begin at the prime age of 7?

Stephanie Piper, Art Teacher at CICS Loomis Primary Academy, did when she entered six of her students' work into a national competition through the Illinois Art Education Association, “Each year they sponsor a contest to help promote Youth Art Month (YAM) which takes place in March,” according to Ms. Piper. From hundreds of entries, Duchara, second grader in Ms. Piper’s Art class, was selected and will see her artwork printed on a poster during YAM. 

Duchara’s work was the best fit to the YAM theme of Illinois Illusions - Past, Present, and Future. The poster featuring her piece will be distributed to all Illinois art teachers and state legislators this month. And for the top prize, it will also be reproduced onto an exclusive flag representing student art in Illinois during the National Art Education Convention in San Diego, CA.   

When asked how she felt about this accomplishment, Duchara said “I didn’t know my teacher put my art in the competition. I got happy and excited when my Mom told me my teacher called and said I’d won”.

 It’s never too early and you are never too young to Commit to Greatness. Congratulations Duchara!