Rockford Area Arts Council Announces the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Awards Recipients

By: From the Rockford Area Arts Council
By: From the Rockford Area Arts Council

ROCKFORD (RAAC) -- The Rockford Area Arts Council honored the recipients of the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Family Arts Festival on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Riverfront Museum Park.

Awards for Exceptional Student of the Arts honoring a high school-aged student’s artistic talent and community involvement in the arts during the student’s high school years and Star Educator honoring an educator, specialist or instructor who has enriched lives, inspired excellence, introduced children to the arts or expanded opportunities for children to learn through the arts
were presented.

RAAC is pleased to honor Winston Wernsing Cuevas (Exceptional Student) and Rebecca Pelley
(Star Educator) as the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients.

Winston Wernsing Cuevas won 2nd Place honors in the 2011 Rock Valley College Juried High School Art Show and won “Best of Show” at the Rockford Art Museum’s Young Artist Show (High School Division), were his work is on display thru April 3rd. He has recently been accepted into the Rhode Island School of Art and Design.

Rebecca Pelley frequently receives letters, calls and messages from past students who tell her that she was “that teacher, their favorite teacher, the one” who most changed and inspired them during and beyond high school art classes. Rebecca Pelley has


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