The President’s Gallery at Harold Washington College presents “The Making of Artists,” an art exhibition featuring the work of high school students and professional artists. Through the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Partner School initiative, students in the AP Studio Art class at Carl Schurz High School worked with six contemporary artists who served as mentors. The students worked with the professional artists and developed pieces inspired by their artistic processes.
The six mentor artists are Annie Heckman, Maya Mackrandilal, Jovencio de la Paz, Casey Smallwood, Rafael E. Vera, and Amanda Williams, and they represent a diverse range of material and conceptual practices. They explore topics as diverse as colonialism and craft to housing issues and performance strategies. Their work manifests as video interviews, animation, collage, printmaking, drawing, and site-specific intervention.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Partner School Initiative places teaching artists in Chicago Public School classrooms and provides key resources including consistent financial and curricular support around the arts, immersive professional development for teachers, and deep learning experiences in the school and in the museum to help students develop art-making and critical analysis skills.
Harold Washington College offers strong programs in many art disciplines including visual arts – 2D, 3D, Architecture, Digital Multimedia, Photography and Printmaking. Each year, Harold Washington College’s curator puts on multiple exhibitions in the President’s Gallery, featuring diverse work from regional, national and international artists and providing students with an opportunity to interact with professional artists. Also, each semester, a series of artists are invited to Harold Washington College to give talks about their work and provide workshops for students. For more information, call the Harold Washington College art department at (312) 553-5738, or visit pedestrianproject.org.