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L-P Art Teacher's Work on Exhibit

NCI ARTworks will host an opening reception and exhibit of the work of Julie Jenkins, co-founder of NCI ARTworks and current LaSalle-Peru Township High School art department instructor. The opening reception will take place in conjunction with the IVAC after Hours on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 5 to 8pm at the NCI Artworks Gallery in the west wing entrance of the Westclox Building.

Painting of a courtyard by Julie Jenkins.

Julie is the co-founder North Central Illinois ARTworks. She is a member of the Illinois Art Education Association, and National Art Education Association. Her work has been exhibited at the former Collins and Co. Studio and Gallery, the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton, Illinois, Music Suite 408 Paintbox Gallery in Peru, Illinois, and several local restaurant galleries. Julie was also a featured artist in the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of Spirit magazine.

Painting of a skyline by Julie Jenkins.

Julie Jenkins was born and raised in rural Ottawa, Illinois. She studied art through high school, and then went on to IVCC for her A.A. in Art. Julie continued her education at SIU in Carbondale, where she received a B.S. in Art Education. In December 2021, she completed her M.A. in Art Education from Eastern Illinois University. Currently, she resides in Peru, Illinois, with her husband. She is teaching high school art at LaSalle-Peru Township High School in LaSalle, Illinois. She earned the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education Fine Arts Educator Award for 2013.

Numerous pieces of Jenkin’s original work will be on display throughout the month of November. Julie’s body of work is comprised of an ongoing study of nature, music, and urban areas. Her primary media is painting with an additional focus in photography. She bases her paintings primarily off of her photographs taken on various travel experiences. The current body of her work in the NCI ARTworks’ exhibit “World View,” is from her travels to Mexico and Spain. The opening reception is free, and all are welcome.