College to Showcase Artwork from 10 Area High Schools

December 20, 2016 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

In January, Elmhurst College celebrates the work of young artists and public school art programs from around the Chicago area during the 18th Annual High School Art Exhibition.

Hundreds of paintings, prints, videos, computer art and works in other media are on display during the exhibition, which begins on January 12 and runs through January 24. Every January, the entire space of Elmhurst College’s Founders Lounge, from floor to ceiling, is filled with artwork created by talented students from 10 high schools.

“This exhibit is so important—it means everything to support the visual arts in the high schools,” said Suellen Rocca, director of exhibits for Elmhurst College. “The art teachers in these schools are amazing and their students produce outstanding work. We at Elmhurst College are very proud to host this exhibition each year.”

The high schools that will 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, in Elmhurst

During a January 18 reception to celebrate the artists featured in the exhibition, students will visit the College’s art studios and tour its renowned collection of Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist art. The College also will award ribbons and scholarships to students from each high school.

The 18th Annual High School Exhibition at Elmhurst College will run from Thursday, January 12, through Tuesday, January 24, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center. The Frick Center is open days and evenings. The artists reception will be held on Wednesday, January 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Founders Lounge. 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 will present this academic year in three campus venues. For more information, please contact Suellen Rocca at (630) 617-6110 or

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