Heartland honoring the late Joe McCauley with scholarship fundraiser, art show

October 15, 2015
Pencil drawing with an acrylic wash by Joe McCauley
In memory of long-time and beloved professor, Joe McCauley, the Heartland Community College Foundation is hosting a fundraiser to establish a second Joseph E. McCauley Art Scholarship for HCC students. In addition, Heartland’s upcoming art show will feature works by current and past Joseph E. McCauley Art Scholarship recipients.

About the Fundraiser

The Joe McCauley Art Scholarship Fundraiser event takes place at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano on Thursday, October 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and includes wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres. Attendees can purchase tickets at the door or by calling the HCC Foundation office at 309-268-8110.

The Joseph E. McCauley memorial scholarship was established in 2011 and has benefited five Heartland art students since its inception. According to Jane Camp, art professor at HCC, the goal of the fundraiser is to establish a second scholarship.

“We would love to be able to give this scholarship to two recipients every year,” she said. “Being an art student is expensive with all the supplies. This scholarship means one more student can have what they need to be successful.”

Camp added the College needs $3,000 to endow the second scholarship. In addition to ticket sales, a silent auction featuring works by McCauley and local fine artists as well as an art sale by HCC alumni artists will contribute to the scholarship fund.

About the Art Show

The 4 Joes: Works by Joe McCauley Scholarship Recipients will be on display October 19 through December 3 in the Joe McCauley Gallery, located in room 2507 of the Instructional Commons Building (ICB).

The 4 Joes exhibit showcases recent artwork by Joseph E. McCauley Art Scholarship recipients. Artwork on display comes from students Sarah Frey, Amber Gravett, Tyler Mardis and Olivia Roberts.

A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, November 5 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the gallery.

Sarah Frey

Sarah is a current student at HCC. Her favorite medium is the Sharpie. "It's a clean medium to work with," she said. I like the simplicity of just using one color. It allows me to focus on the content of the work."

Sarah also enjoys traditional black and white photography. "To me it conveys more emotion than digital photography." 

She describes art as relaxing and a way to express herself while connecting with other people by communicating through imagery.

Sarah received the McCauley Scholarship in 2013 and also received two Heartland Faculty Association Scholarships in 2013 and 2015. Her work has been shown in ANYBODY: Art and Essays about Body Image (2015) and the HCC Annual Juried Student Exhibit (2014) where she received an Honorable Mention in Photography award.

Amber Gravett

Amber attended HCC from 2010 to 2014 and she is now studying at Illinois State University. Her favorite medium is the pencil, because all her artwork starts out as a pencil sketch.

She states that art is important to her because she has always loved drawing and wanted a career in entertainment design. "Studying art history and practicing with a wide range of media has helped me gain better understanding of art and the creative process," she said. "This helped me reach a new level of drawing that I never would have achieved otherwise."

Amber was awarded the McCauley Scholarship in 2011, and has received the Irving Tick Award for printmaking and the Nam Clark Award in drawing at ISU. Her work has been shown at the ISU Annual Juried Student Exhibit (2015) and in three HCC Annual Juried Student Exhibits, with a third place award in 2012 and second place awards in 2011 and 2013.

Tyler Mardis

Tyler is a current student and began attending HCC in 2014. His favorite medium is darkroom photography, stating he loves capturing moments and creating stories with his camera. 

"Art is important to me because I believe self expression is an outlet that is so important for one’s self and for people to take in," he said. "Through all the mediums - things that make you happy, laugh, think, create, discover - there are endless provoking thoughts, ideas, and creations that come from art."

He was awarded the McCauley Scholarship in 2015 and has shown work in the HCC Annual Juried Student Exhibit (2015).

Olivia Roberts

Olivia is a current student and came to HCC in 2011. Her favorite media include using watercolor and colored pencils together "since they have bright colors and create nice texture." She added, "Chalk pastels are fun for me to use because they are soft and easy to manipulate on paper, making it simple to blend shadows, mid-tones and highlights."

For Olivia, art is important because it allows her to communicate her thoughts and feelings about the world, as well as express the images she sees in her mind. "Plus, I get to create things for other people that make them smile and help them escape reality for a little bit," she said.

Oliva was awarded the Joe McCauley Scholarship in 2014.

Written by: Becky Gropp