CLC's spring arts lineup has a diverse selection

The spring semester at College of Lake County is an exciting time for the arts, with a variety of events on the calendar. Productions, concerts and more are open to the public and happen throughout the semester.

• The Community Outreach and Engagement in the Visual Arts workshops at the Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan continue with both Artist to Artist workshops March 15 and Engaging Art Scholars for Excellence workshops Feb. 22 and April 12.

These workshops, which are free and open to the public, give people of all ages the opportunity to work with local artists, learn new skills, express themselves, have fun and connect with others.

Stop by to see pop-up exhibits at Lakeshore, which showcase beautiful pieces created by the participants of these workshops.

• CLC's free international film series, hosted by CLC instructor and film buff Chris Cooling, continues with four films this spring. They are: "Shoah" (France/Israel) Jan. 27-28; "After Life" (Japan) March 3; "Sakawa" (Ghana/Netherlands) April 7; and "The Destiny of Lesser Animals" (Ghana) May 5.

• CLC has a full schedule for fans of literature, starting with a rescheduling of Toya Wolfe, author of "Last Summer on State Street," Feb. 4.

The Spring Reading Series on April 6 features Larry Starzec, whose essay "In this Neighborhood, of this Earth" was listed as a notable selection in Best American Essays.

Also happening are the Willow Review 50th Anniversary Launch and Reading April 20, and the Prairie Voices Reading and Reception May 4. These events are all free.

• The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art is hosting four exhibits free and open to the public, beginning with the 2023 Members Exhibition running through Feb. 16. From Feb. 24 to March 25, Roberta Ulrich-da Oliveira and Shu-Hei Hwang's ceramic artistry will be on display for Truth in Spontaneity Journeys in Clay. This exhibition reflects several decades of exploration in stoneware and porcelain clay. Opening reception is from 5-7:30 p.m. March 3.

The semester is capped off with the Annual Student Art Competition April 13 to May 5, showcasing classwork created by CLC students. Opening reception is from 5-7:30 p.m. April 13.

• CLC's Theater Department is performing two plays this semester. "Desdemona" will have performances both in Grayslake Feb. 24-26 and in Waukegan at Three Brothers Theatre March 3-5.

In April, the department performs "Play On!," a production run by the students, with shows April 7-8 and 14-16. Tickets are available for purchase at

• Eight concerts are lined up for the Music Department by seven different ensembles. The 46th Annual "Art of Jazz" Concert Series headlines the semester March 12, with this year's guest artist Steve Wiest.

CLC's Annual Salute to Gospel celebration Feb. 25 features performances by Grammy Award nominee Jekalyn Carr and the uplifting voices of CLC's Gospel Choir.

Tickets are available for purchase at

• The 24th Fear No Art Festival, the Dance Department's annual celebration, combines many different art disciplines into one big two-day event April 21 and 22 on CLC's Mainstage Theater at the Grayslake Campus. Tickets are available for purchase at

To audition or submit work for the festival, contact Valerie Alpert at or visit

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