Artists from 10 High Schools to Exhibit Work This Month

January 7, 2020 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

A wall filled with art work from local high schools.Elmhurst College will celebrate young artists and public school art programs from across the Chicago area when it hosts the 21st Annual High School Exhibition, which will run from Jan. 11 through Jan. 26.

Every January, the entire space of the Founders Lounge in the Frick Center is hung from floor to ceiling with artwork created by students from 10 high schools. The exhibition will feature hundreds of paintings, prints, sculptures, videos and computer art, and works in other media.

“There are so many very talented high school students taking part in this exhibition,” said Suellen Rocca, director of exhibits at Elmhurst College, adding that each year a large crowd attends the reception for the participating artists. The high schools to be represented include:

  • Addison Trail, in Addison
  • East Leyden, in Franklin Park; and West Leyden, in Northlake
  • Lyons Township, in Western Springs and La Grange
  • Maine West, in Des Plaines
  • Morton East, in Cicero; and Morton West, in Berwyn
  • Proviso West, in Hillside
  • Willowbrook, in Villa Park
  • York Community, in Elmhurst

Awards and a $2,000 renewable scholarship will be presented to students from each high school. During a reception that celebrates the artists featured in the exhibition, students can take a tour of the College’s art department.

The 21st Annual High School Exhibition at Elmhurst College will run from Saturday, Jan. 11, through Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center. The Frick Center is open days and evenings. The artists’ reception will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Founders Lounge. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.

The High School Exhibition is one of roughly a dozen shows that Elmhurst College is presenting this academic year in three campus venues. For more information, please contact Suellen Rocca at (630) 617-6110 or

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