Elmhurst Showcases Artwork of Area High School Students

January 13, 2015 | by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Elmhurst College is celebrating young artists and public school art programs from across the Chicago area this month during the 16th Annual High School Art Exhibition.

Hundreds of paintings, prints, sculptures, videos and computer art, and works in other media will be on display during the two-week exhibition, which runs from January 9 through January 21.

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.

“I can well remember the significance of having my artwork exhibited when I was in high school,” said Suellen Rocca, director of exhibits at Elmhurst College. “I feel so fortunate that as exhibition director I can help to make this happen for hundreds of talented high school students. I am proud that Elmhurst College supports this very important exhibition.”

The high schools that will be represented include: Addison Trail in Addison, East Leyden in Franklin Park,  West Leyden in Northlake, Lyons Township in Western Springs and LaGrange, Maine West in Des Plaines, Morton East in Cicero, Morton West in Berwyn, Proviso West in Hillside, Willowbrook in Villa Park and York in Elmhurst.

During a January 14 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 $2,000 scholarships to students from each high school.

The 16th Annual High School Exhibition at Elmhurst College will run from Friday, January 9, through Wednesday, January 21, 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 14, from 6 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 srocca@elmhurst.edu.

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