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Get excited for art events at CLC this spring

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jan 23, 2023

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

A child and their parent at an art workshopThe Community Outreach and Engagement in the Visual Arts workshops at the Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan continue with both Artist to Artist (ATA) workshops Jan. 25 and March 15 and Engaging Art Scholars for Excellence (EASE) 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. Please also stop by to see pop-up exhibits at Lakeshore which showcase beautiful pieces created by the participants of these workshops. 

CLC’s Theatre Department is performing two plays this semester, the first of which, “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 

Dancers at last year's Fear No ArtThe 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  

The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art is hosting four exhibits free and open to the public, beginning with the 2023 Members Exhibition Jan. 20 to Feb. 16, with opening reception Jan. 20 from 5-7:30 p.m. 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 March 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. The semester is capped off with the Annual Student Art Competition April 13 to May 5, showcasing classwork created by CLC students. Opening reception April 13 from 5-7:30 p.m. 

CLC’s free international film series, hosted by CLC instructor and film buff Chris Cooling, continues with four films this spring. These films 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 re-scheduling of author Toya Wolfe, the 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. 

For more information about the events, visit  

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.