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Kosart Effects Studios & Gallery in Westmont presents an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, for an exhibit by 20 graduates who just received their bachelor of fine arts degrees in illustration from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. The 2013 Illustration BFA Show is announced by J. Anthony Kosar of Lisle, who recently won the Syfy channel's "Face Off" competition.

The exhibit is on display until Aug. 23 at Kosart Effects Studios & Gallery, 760 Burr Oak Drive. After tonight's opening, it will be open by appointment only, by calling 630-310-8353. For information on the American Academy of Art, visit

Kosar, an award-winning artist, launched his company Kosart Effects Studios, dedicated to fine art, illustration, graphic design, storyboards, concept art, sculpture, creature FX, special FX make-up, masks and props. 

Class schedule

Kosar will teach the following courses:

• Life-Casting
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18
Enroll by Aug. 12

• Airbrush FX
Aug. 24 and 25
Enroll by Aug. 12

• Art of Make-Up FX
Saturdays, Sept 21, 28, Oct. 19, 26
Enroll by Sept. 9

• Art of Mask Making
Sundays,Sept 22, 29, Oct. 20, 27
Enroll by Sept. 22

• Maquette Sculpting
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7, 8, 14, 16
Enroll by Nov. 25

For more on the classes, visit Check out the studio at and the gallery at