The Dewitt Apprenticeship  at The MAC
“Rural Illinois: Past to Future”
young adults, ages 14-18

This scene is taken from a particular place along the Jack's Forks River in the Ozark region of southern Missouri. When I was young I used to ride along this river on our family trail riding vacations. The horses in the picture are a few of the many my wife and I have raised over the past 30 years. They were painted from individual photographs we had taken. If I ever sell the farm, I might slip off to these hills with my art supplies and a good saddle horse and never come back.

By the end of this six-week program, students will complete at least one piece of art that fits the theme, “Rural Illinois: Past to Future,” inspired by the art of Roger Dewitt, which they will donate to the Dewitt Foundation for auction on November 9, 2019.

Over four days, during the first week of the program, students will work with four different practicing artists, each one specializing in a different artistic medium: clay, stained glass, painting, or mixed media. Students will then choose one of those four artists/media to work with once per week for the remaining five weeks of the program. 

I found this little abandon town on the plains south of San Antonio, Texas. The road in and out was two tire tracks worn in the short grass prairie. I'm sure that the little cafe was a hangout for local ranchers and cowboys. Many a story was told and many a problem solved across the tables inside. Mother nature was now slowly reclaiming her. It makes me long for the days when I'd go to the little town of Dorchester on an errand and I'd always be able to strike up a visit with someone I knew at the local elevator or implement dealer- both now out of business.

Each student will be compensated $100 for successful completion of the apprentice program. Students must attend the full four days of artist sampling the first week, as well as five more weekly classes to receive compensation. Students must have a final auctionable piece to donate to the foundation. 


Applications must be received by Tuesday, June 4th, 2019.
Applicants will receive confirmation of acceptance by Tuesday, June 18th, 2019.

First week of class: Tuesday, June 25 - Friday, June 28. The following five weeks will be determined by the instructor.

Glenn Sheets (Oil Painting)
Sarah Neal (Stained Glass)
Brandace Cloud (Illustrative Ceramics)
Karen King (Mixed Media)


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You must submit by email two photos of artwork, as well as a letter (or letters) of recommendation. Send emails to with the subject line "Dewitt Apprenticeship"
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