May 31st 2014

The Making of Artists

@ President's Gallery at Harold Washington College

30 E Lake Street, Room 1105 Chicago, IL

Opening Saturday, May 31st, from 2PM - 4PM

On view through Thursday, July 3rd

The exhibition continues through July 3rd, Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm (and by appointment)

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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.

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