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Northwood student wins state art contest

Congratulations to Northwood Middle School eighth grader Declan Beahan, who will join an elite group of student artists this year when his work hangs in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield! Hundreds of students across Illinois submitted work to a contest organized by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Board of Education. From the submitted pieces, winners were chosen in three age groups – Grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The three winning entries will be displayed in the museum for a year.

The theme of the contest, which was presented in cooperation with the Illinois Art Education Association, was “Art Connects History with the Future.” Students were encouraged to let their imaginations run free as they explored what history can tell us about the future. Declan’s piece presents a variety of images from various points in time on a watch face. “I chose the design because it was supposed to be about comparing the past to now. I figured the stopwatch would be a good representation of the past and then going forward” he said.  

“This institution is dedicated to the idea that studying the past can help shape the future. These artists, especially the winners, expressed that concept with tremendous creativity,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “I know our visitors will love seeing them each time they enter the museum.”

Image of student artwork created for Abraham Lincoln Library conteset       NWMS 8th grader artist Declan Beahan

Declan's artwork will hang in the Abraham                     Northwood 8th grader Declan Beahan
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum 
in Springfield.