Student’s snowy art featured on BHC Foundation holiday card

watercolor art of wintery scene people sledding through snowy woods

A wintery blue-and-white scene of people sledding through snowy woods won the 2023 Black Hawk College Foundation Holiday Card Contest.

“Gleefully Dashing” – a watercolor, colored pencil and white pen piece by Ryker O’Neil of East Moline – is gracing the cover of the foundation’s official holiday card for the 2023 holiday season.

O’Neil’s artwork was chosen from five BHC student entries. He received a $300 scholarship from the foundation to go toward tuition, books, supplies and fees for Spring 2024.

headshot of student Ryker O'Neil

O’Neil has been creating art since he was a child. The 2023 United Township High School grad is pursuing an Associate in Applied Science-Visual Communication and plans to continue his art studies after graduating from Black Hawk College.

Runner-up Angela Cortes of East Moline received a $100 gift card for her photograph, “Decorating at Grandma’s.”