By Jane Lethlean

For the past 26 years, Bob Apolloni has been promoting the visual arts as an art instructor and gallery director at Highland. He specializes in teaching drawing, design, art appreciation, and independent study. He also has extensive experience curating art in a variety of solo, group, community, and student art exhibits at the Highland Gallery.

His vision for instruction is to help students understand the principles, visual elements, and foundations associated with drawing and design.

“I love teaching art, liking the idea that we live with art on a daily basis, and having the discussions with the students of their awareness that art is unique and each artist is an ambassador of the role of art in our daily life.”

Apolloni is instrumental in getting the Student Organization Visual Arts (SOVA) Club started at Highland. The club is open to everyone; half of its members are not art students. Apolloni said, “I like linking art to everything. It touches on everything in life and our audience.”

Apolloni has an associate of arts degree from Rock Valley College and bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees from Northern Illinois University. Before coming to Highland, he taught college-level art at numerous institutions, including the University of St. Francis in Joliet and Northern Illinois University.

Apolloni is passionate about promoting art and loves developing a passion for art in his students. He is currently overseeing the renovation of the Highland Gallery, which he said will reopen in the spring 2018 semester.

“We are looking to open the space up and make it more formal and official,” he said. “We are developing a mission statement for the gallery and removing the drop ceiling.”