The artwork of Michael Barrios, a student at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, was the first runner-up in the 2013 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest. | Supplied image
Updated: December 19, 2012 12:58PM
Michael Barrios, a student at Andrew High School in Tinley Park is first runner-up in the 2013 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest.
High school students in the 12 counties served by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority were invited to submit original works of art based on this year’s contest theme, “Remembering Our Veterans.” The contest was sponsored by the tollway authority, Blick Art Materials and U.S. Equities.
Barrios’ artwork featured a highway with an American flag on the roadway and nine jets flying high overhead.
Barrios wins a $200 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials and a $100 gift certificate from U.S. Equities.
The tollway authority received 57 entries from student artists attending 26 high schools throughout the region, from Chicago to Rockford, and 10 semifinalists were selected for public voting. More than 11,400 votes by the general public were recorded online to identify four finalists, with the overall winner and runners-up selected by a panel of judges including members of the tollway authority board, veterans working for the tollway and representatives from U.S. Equities and Blick Art Materials.
The artwork of the 10 semifinalists, including the winning entries, is on display at each of the seven Illinois Tollway Oases. The tollway authority plans to place all of the artwork up for auction with the proceeds going to support veterans charities.