Mark your calendars, and calling all amateur bands ages 8-21! The Commission is thrilled to host the third annual Battle of the Bands on September 6, 2019 at 6PM at Fall on the Green. Winners will receive their own studio time, and play on the mainstage at Fall on Green later that weekend. Other prizes are TBD.
To participate, at least half of the members must be 18 or under when they perform. Band members under 18 must complete a parent release signature and contact information with the entry form. All bands must be of amateur status (i.e. no bands should be performances bands (all-star groups), signed by a label, receive regular airplay, or have sales exceeding 5,000 copies of released materials).
For the second year, we’re thrilled to award two $500 scholarships to students who plans to study the arts beyond high school. The awardee(s) must be an Oak Lawn resident and accepted to a post-secondary college, university, or other institution with the intention of pursuing an arts degree.
Winners of the scholarships will be asked to attend an Oak Lawn Arts Commission meeting for the award presentation.
Art Type: Mural Location: Inside VFW Post 5220 | 9514 S 52nd Ave, Oak Lawn, IL Author: Linda Vorderer
Visitors to VFW Post 5220 are greeted by a mural that extends over an entire wall giving a voice to all the foreign military engagements* our country has been involved with since the United States’ inception. It is also an ongoing work of art for as long as the U.S. Armed Forces are engaged on foreign soil.
The original image was created by Nicholas (Bill) Hewitt, a 70-year Oak Lawn resident who served in the US Navy during World War II, the South Pacific War, and the Guadalcanal Campaign. Bill started this work by gluing travel posters to the wall. Then, using paint, he added forms and buildings from a skewed perspective. My artist’s eye sees an expression of the chaos of war with an appearance of careful disorganization in these images. The neon-painted words add to the chaotic yet expressive mural while still giving recognition to the foreign conflicts that engaged the US Armed Services. The black-light paint recalls the Vietnam War era style from the 1960s when black-light posters were popular, and the war was reported daily in our news.
As a part of the “Art in Oak Lawn” collection, the style of this mural could be an example of ‘Outsider Art.’ Formerly known as ‘Naïve Art,’ this type of art is made by people who are not schooled in the arts, identify themselves as artists, and do not wish to sell their work. It is often more expressive than art intended as ‘high art,’ and fills an important need to deeply visually express and communicate significant ideas. In this case, the work ensures that US foreign conflicts and the soldiers who fought in them are always remembered. The entire collection tells the story of the long-standing dedication of the brothers and sisters who served in these wars across the globe and over many years.
Other contributors were: Rick Luemenn (US Army, Vietnam War, 1966-67) added some lettering and names of conflicts, and inserted the famous ‘Kilroy’ cartoon from WWII; and, Roy Johnson (US Navy, Vietnam War) who helped with this history.
*The American Revolutionary and Civil Wars are not included since those were not fought on foreign soil.
Don’t just shovel snow… Make it a work of art! The Oak Lawn Arts Commission invites Oak Lawn residents of all ages to make their best snowman (or snowperson) to enter the 2019 Snowman Contest. One winning entry will receive a prize package worth $50.
This contest is open to all Oak Lawn residents.
The snowman must be comprised mostly of snow. However, you may use accessories and other artistic media on your creation. This contest is limited to snowpersons. No snow sculptures.
Each entrant/family must build their snowman within Oak Lawn.
By submitting an entry, contestants give the Oak Lawn Arts Commission permission to use their snowman photos for advertising and promotional purposes.
Judging by the Oak Lawn Arts Commission will be based upon originality and creativity.
One prize package worth $50 will be awarded. The winner will be notified by phone or email.
The deadline to submit an entry is Sunday, March 31, 2019.
How to Enter:
Email your Snowman Contest entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All entries must include the following:
– Name(s) of the builder(s)
– Address of the entrant/family
– Location of the snowman, if not at home address
– Phone number or email address
– Up to two photos, and one must include snowman and builder(s)
There are 26 Acorns on Parade located throughout Oak Lawn! The Oak Lawn Arts Commission (OLAC) hopes you’ll raise “acorn awareness” by taking a selfie with one or more of the large-scale acorn sculptures painted by local artists. Enter this contest and you might win a prize package of lunch with Mayor Dr. Sandra Bury, an OLAC “Peace Love ‘N Art” t-shirt and your winning photo posted on the Village of Oak Lawn web site and other media outlets. Acorns on Parade is a permanent public art installation initiated by the OLAC, funded by generous sponsors and made possible by talented volunteer artists.
• Selfies will be accepted Sunday September 30 through Wednesday, November 21, 2018
How to Enter:
• Go to your favorite acorn sculpture within Oak Lawn.
• Take a photo of you and/or your family/friends/pets with an Acorn on Parade sculpture.
• Email your acorn selfie to: email@example.com
• Entries must include the contestant’s name, home address and phone number.
• Once that’s done, share your selfie on social media: #AcornAwareness
• Each entry must include one of the 26 Acorns on Parade sculptures.
• At least one person or pet must be included in the photo.
• The term “selfie” is used, but the photo can be taken by someone else.
• You may submit multiple entries, but each must feature a different acorn sculpture.
• Photos should be of good quality and in good taste. Photos containing any objectionable material or inappropriate behavior will be disqualified.
• Judging will be conducted by members of the Oak Lawn Arts Commission.
• One winner will be awarded the first place prize for the most creative acorn selfie.
• First place prize: Lunch with Mayor Dr. Sandra Bury, an OLAC “Peace Love ‘N Art” t-shirt and the winning photo posted on the Village of Oak Lawn web site and other media outlets.
• Upon entering, contestants grant the OLAC worldwide, irrevocable and perpetual license to feature their image on any of its promotional materials in any form and using any technology.
Celebrate the Acorns on Parade this autumn!
Share your acorn selfies on social media: #AcornAwareness
When: September 30, 2018 – 10AM-3PM Where: Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn (5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, IL 60453) Cost: FREE
The Arts Commission is thrilled to give Oak Lawnians and families from around the Chicagoland area the chance to learn about Pablo Picasso – one of the most influential artists of the 20th century – at Fall Fun Fest hosted by the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn. You’ll create your own Picasso-inspired art while learning about his style called Cubism, and how this style led to the ‘look’ of Chicago’s very famous Picasso sculpture.
Then, create your very own sculpture to take home with you. Fun for the whole family!
The Commission will also have “Peace Love n Art” t-shirts available for sale. Proceeds support producing art for the community, events, and scholarship funds for students pursuing an art degree.
This summer, the Commission was thrilled to host the second annual Art in the Yard at Concerts on the Green. Oak Lawnians had the opportunity to enjoy unique pieces of art by local artists before the concerts.
The concert goers also had the opportunity to participate in creating their own art by making a temporary drawing from sea shells or a community poem by cutting words from book pages and pasting them to a piece of paper where others previously posted their own poetry lines.
A special thank you to our Art in the Yard artists: Ashley Centanni, Erin Doyle, Tori Hartin, Rong Liang, Jeremy Mazurek, Michelle Melendez, Allyssa Micele, Samantha Mortensen, Joseph Pitts, Amanda Pletsch, Katie Roma, Linda Vorderer, Heather Young, and Erik Yunker.
ARTWORK: Five Bronze Sculptures
ARTIST: Abbott Pattison, sculptor
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., south exterior walls along 95th St.
BACK STORY: Made of welded bronze, these 8 ½ foot tall abstract sculptures of human figures were dedicated in a public ceremony on December 9, 1979. On that occasion, the artist, Abbott Pattison, stated: “I hope to portray the relationship of reading and knowledge to the community and how that endeavor is again returned to the community. I have made the figures with a certain aura of mystery to show the enigmatic character of Man and how the mysteries of life can be unlocked by the Library.”
This new “Art in Oak Lawn” public awareness project is spearheaded by Linda Vorderer, art educator, and past chair of the Oak Lawn Arts Commission. With the support of the Arts Commission, Vorderer has created this personal challenge to reveal: Where is the Art in Oak Lawn?
“While I research and dig for information, I am hoping that I can catalogue a rich collection within our borders. I am confident, when the information is compiled and published, we can put to rest the notion that Oak Lawn is not a destination to view fine art, but instead, it IS a place to discover surprising treasures within our borders and within our public buildings,” said Vorderer.
You can contribute to this research by emailing Commissioner Vorderer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Arts Commission is eager to showcase the public art in Oak Lawn. Let us know if you have information about the history and makers of our fine art treasures.
For this first article, special thanks go out to Kevin Korst, local history coordinator at the Oak Lawn Public Library, for his assistance, guidance and support.