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April 21-22: The arts collide during Fear No Art Festival

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Apr 13, 2023

The art disciplines combine during the 24th Annual Fear No Art Festival for a big two-day celebration at 7:30 p.m. April 21 and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 22 on the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus.

Dancers during Fear No ArtAn event like no other, the annual Fear No Art festival is a lively celebration featuring a variety of emerging choreographers, dancers, musicians, singers, actors, photographers, artists, graphic designers and poets. This festival plays a vital role in supporting the artistic development and work of both CLC college students and community artists at large.

Dance instructor and the show’s artistic director Valerie Alpert started Fear No Art in 1999 as the first show she produced at College of Lake County. Unlike most student performances that are led by faculty, Fear No Art is a collection of student originals.

“When I went to college, there was little opportunity for students to present and showcase their own work,” Alpert said. “I think it is important that students are given an opportunity to have a safe space and mentoring in their own creative process.”

The show is presenting a wide variety of performance styles including:

  • Avi Kritzman, who turns umbrella foot juggling into a choreographic dance
  • Hip hop dances from Andy Anisco, Ben Torres and Kendra McCoy
  • Latin dance by Giselle Leon
  • Contemporary ballet by Christine Chernoff

Visual artists displaying their work in the lobby include:

  • George Erkenswick, watercolor painting and ink on paper, acrylic painting on canvas
  • Vince Adams, fine art photography
  • Tanner Newman, oil paint
  • CLC Communication Instructor Chris Cooling, painted posters created by artists from Ghana

Buy your tickets online in advance at Tickets are $12, or $10 for seniors 65+ and military and $5 for children under 12.

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.