Fine Arts Commission

Meetings


  • Second Wednesday of every month
  • 7 p.m.

Members


  • Pamela Garbarini, Chairman
  • Jeff Rhodes, Vice Chairman
  • Mira Chander
  • Debra Hatchett
  • Doris Liberman
  • Jacqueline Moses
  • Sonya Osseny

  • Judy Schutz
  • Michelle Thomas
  • Vassilen Vasevski
  • Sharon Vicker
  • Ellen A. Waxberg
  • Pamela Williams
  • Alex Zikakis

Liaisons


  • Ralph Klein, Trustee Liaison
  • Enkhnasan Taylor, Liaison
  • Ann Tennes, Liaison

Purpose


The Fine Arts Commission promotes interest in cultural and arts activities in the Village. Some of the responsibilities of the Commission include promoting the work of private organizations and individual volunteers within the Village who are active in the fine arts, and encouraging the cooperation of public and private agencies, as well as the general public, in supporting cultural enrichment within the Village. See more information about the Arts in Skokie.

Awards for Artistic Excellence


Each year, the Fine Arts Commission awards the Award for Artistic Excellence to a Skokie resident and to one Skokie group that has made significant contributions to the visual, performing, musical or literary arts in the community. View past recipients of this prestigious award. Nominations for the 2021 Skokie Award for Artistic Excellence are currently being accepted. The deadline to submit an award nomination is November 1, 2021. 



Students' Outstanding Artist Recognition (SOAR)


The Skokie Fine Arts Commission also sponsors the Students' Outstanding Artist Recognition (SOAR) annual student art show at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Artwork is selected by the students' teachers and is on display during the month of March, in honor of Youth Arts Month.

The SOAR program features select Skokie student artwork at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Boulevard. For photos from the 2019 SOAR reception at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie please email your request.
Image from above of a crowd at the gallery, with a small orchestra

Skokie Through the Lens 2019/2020 - Faces of Skokie


The Skokie Fine Arts Commission initiated the Skokie Through the Lens (STL) community photography exhibit in 2014, with enthusiastic response from Skokie residents each year since.

The Skokie Fine Arts Commission is pleased to launch a new fall 2020 Skokie Through the Lens community photography exhibit, Fall in Love With Skokie. Anyone who lives, works or plays in Skokie is welcome to submit up to three photographs that capture a glimpse of fall in the community. A selection of photos submitted will be featured on the Village website in coming weeks.

While images of colorful fall trees and shrubbery are welcome, the commission encourages photos that also show people enjoying the fall season in all areas of Skokie. Images captured on both traditional cameras and phones/iPads are all accepted, and jpg files are preferred. All photos must include information about the location in the community where the image was taken, and captions are welcome but are subject to editing in part or in total. The exhibition will run through November 30, 2020, and images will be accepted until that time.

By submitting images the artist agrees to allow the Village of Skokie to use the images in other printed and electronic outreach materials. Parent/guardian permission needed for photographers under age 18. Images or requests for additional information should be sent to info@skokie.org.

See the 2019 Skokie Through the Lens "Faces of Skokie" exhibit.

View a video of all photos selected for the Skokie Through the Lens 2018 exhibit.

View a video of all photos selected for the Skokie Through the Lens 2017 exhibit.

View a video of all photos selected for the Skokie Through the Lens 2016 exhibit.

View a video of all photos selected for the Skokie Through the Lens 2015 exhibit.


Resources for Schools and Arts Organizations


The goals of the Fine Arts Commission include informing the community about the activities of organizations whose efforts advance arts and culture in Skokie.
  • Illinois Arts Alliance
    Arts Alliance Illinois is a voice for the arts and arts education in Illinois. Through advocacy, research and collaboration, the Illinois Arts Alliance helps give voice to a creative state.
  • Illinois Arts Council
    The Illinois Arts Council provides links to pages with information on grants, program deadlines, meetings, an art fair directory and arts council publications throughout Illinois.