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Des Arts, Des Winners, Des Fantastic!

The 3rd annual Des Arts, a celebration of the arts in Des Plaines presented by the Des Plaines Arts Council, wrapped up October 18 with the announcement of winners of the Des Arts Contest 2014.

Des Arts Contest Winners Kathy Passi, Tara Jennings, Abby Mendoza with DPPL’s Jo Bonell.


Children's Divison: 

Tie!   Emily Yu  & Summer Hatzis

Teen Division:

Abby Mendoza

Adult Division:

Kathy Passi



Children's Divison:

Tara Jennings & Zoe Boulamatsis

Teen Division:

Abby Mendoza

Adult Division

Angy Walker

Thanks to all the participating artists and congratulations to all the winners.

Special Thanks To

The Des Plaines Journal & Topics for sponsoring the event.

The artists who give so generously of their time to this event, especially

Rhonda Popko, who has designed and hosted the community mural project,
Ali Van Doren, our web librarian for her work on these webpages
Will Soderberg, artist and webmaster for dpartscouncil.org
Chris Posinger, who does almost everything else

and our Judges for the Art Contests

Ed Dougal, artist, writer and spiritual guide
Steven Giese, artist, digital librarian and raconteur
Russ Horvath, artist and teacher at Palatine High School
Mark Palmeri, artist and teacher at Oakton Community College
Janet Thompson, artist and teacher at the Des Plaines Park District

About the Des Plaines Arts Council

The Des Plaines Arts Council was founded in 1997 to promote involvement and appreciation of the arts. It is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization which operates as an umbrella group for many community arts organizations and events including the Summer Concert Series in Lake Park, the Community Mural Project, Lake/Winter Wonderland, Family Fest and The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce After Hours program.

The Arts Council has made a special effort to encourage young people to pursue their creative talents by awarding scholarships. Each year the Council provides $3000 in scholarships to students from 4th grade through High School, and since 1997 has given over $50,000 in arts scholarships.

The Arts Council also publishes and distributes the Des Plaines Arts Calendar three times a year. This publication serves as an unique source of information for all arts events in the community including programs hosted by the City of Des Plaines, the Des Plaines Art Guild, the Des Plaines Camera Club, the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Des Plaines Park District, the Des Plaines Public Library, the Des Plaines Garden Club, the Des Plaines History Center, the Des Plaines Senior Center, the Fine Arts Departments of Maine East and Maine West, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Oakton Community College and many more arts providers and supporters.

Make a Donation or Become a Member

Join the Arts Council or make a tax-deductible donation. Download this form and return it to:

Des Plaines Arts Council
1755 S. Wolf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018

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