2022 District 214, Daily Herald Community Art & Writing Contest winners

  • "The Husk" by David Petratos of Prospect Heights

    "The Husk" by David Petratos of Prospect Heights

Daily Herald staff report
Updated 4/8/2022 5:11 PM

Art, poetry and fiction writing aren't talents that are supposed to fade away after high school. But adult life often intrudes.

The annual Arts Unlimited District 214/Daily Herald Community Arts and Writing Contest primarily celebrates adults in our community who, despite the pressures of adulthood, have continued to pursue their passion for the arts. Teens are allowed to enter, too.


We are proud to present the 2022 winners. Here they are:

Visual Art

Judged by Liz Schrenk

First place: David Petratos, Prospect Heights, "The Husk"

Second place: Bridgett O'Grady, Rolling Meadows, "Kate"

Third place: Danielle Onesto, Arlington Heights, "Life Versus Death"


Judged by Bill Leece, retired English and journalism teacher

First place: Harry Trumfio, Arlington Heights, "Slingshot"

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Second place: Linda Sinard, Arlington Heights, "We Are His"

Third place: Martin McGowan, Arlington Heights, "Last Sunrise"

Honorable mention: Janani Venkat Ramanan, Wheeling, "Masquerade"


Judged by Jan Bottiglieri

First place: Martin McGowan, Arlington Heights, "Luncheon in South Garden of the Art Institute of Chicago"

Second place: Julia Pedersen, Arlington Heights, "Two Erasers"

Third place: Courtney Lang, Arlington Heights, "The Oracle"

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