Chicago Academy of the Arts Fall Visual Arts Exhibition: Exploration


Chicago Academy of the Arts

“Basket” by Lea Mira, second year high school student

“Dancer” by Emily Ross, high school student

Students showcase their art through inventive original works in the first in-person exhibition since the pandemic

It has given us the opportunity to create art that we are proud of and explore the type of work that we want to create as artists.

– Nat Navedo, second year high school student

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA, December 14, 2021 / – The Visual Arts Department of the Chicago Academy for the Arts welcomed guests to the highly anticipated opening night of their annual fall exhibition on Friday 12 November. The exhibition, which runs until the end of January, is the first opportunity for high school students in nearly two years to exhibit their work live.

Such expert demonstration opportunities are what sets the Chicago Academy for the Arts apart as a premier education, as the school time and time again reinvents what a classroom has the ability to do. ‘to be. World-renowned artists and alumni attribute their success to exhibitions like this one.

Students and educators agree that in-person feedback fosters an innovative and productive environment.

“It gave us the opportunity to create art that we’re proud of and explore the type of work that we want to create as artists,” says sophomore Nat Navedo, further noting that the Being surrounded by classmates and their imaginative visions again influenced the pieces in the show.

“The creativity of the students amazes me every year,” says Margy Stover, director of the visual arts department. “I am proud of their commitment to broaden their artistic horizons and invited the public to appreciate their work.”

Art on display ranges from intricate sketches and abstract sculptures to multidimensional self-portraits.

“There was a wide variety of mediums used, which showed the differences in our creative choices and artistic skills. It’s a fun experience to see some of my friends’ work for the first time, ”says first year Mia Nieves.

The students stayed true to the theme as they immersed themselves in exploring their craft.

“In my Lenore drawing, untitled painting and collage book, I focused on the tension between chance and precision,” says Deedee Kinzie senior. “I was curious about the role structure and unspoken rules play in my artistic process, so I combined mediums to compare the underlying rules and structures of each material. manners as a result of structures and systems that I had not yet noticed. “

Sophomore Lea Mira is “personally proud” of her work. After a particularly difficult year, creating visual art and being back in person full time has proven to be an incredibly valuable outlet.

“Our fall show successfully shows how each student explores spaces occupied by memories,” says Grace McLeod. Come see for yourself. The Visual Arts Exhibition: Fall Into Exploration now runs through the end of January.


The Chicago Academy for the Arts (The Academy) is a nationally recognized independent high school for the performing and visual arts.

Designated as a National School of Distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center, the Academy offers students the opportunity to engage in a unique extracurricular program: rigorous college and college preparatory courses and professional-level art training in the field. context of an unprecedented school culture. The Academy’s school day consists of a modified schedule of three blocks of 75 minutes of academic lessons and a flexible period of 45 minutes followed by an immersion of more than three hours in the arts department chosen by the pupil: dance, media arts (filmmaking, animation, literary creation), music, musical theater, theater and visual arts. At the Chicago Academy for the Arts, young artists master the skills necessary for academic success, critical thinking, and creative expression.

The Chicago Academy for the Arts is an Illinois 501 (c) 3 organization. Click here to find out more or make a donation.

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