CPS Launches Online Gallery To Showcase Student Artwork In Wake Of Pandemic

WBBM Newsradio Staff
May 30, 2020 - 11:58 am

'Just Imagine,' a painting by seventh-grade student Stephany R. (CPS)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  Chicago Public School students can now show off artwork they made in class through the city's new virtual art exhibition that launched Saturday.

Featuring more than 800 student art pieces representing over 75 CPS elementary and high schools from across the city, the district’s All-City Visual Arts Exhibition is going online for the first time due to the pandemic. 

The exhibit, which is in partnership with the Design Museum of Chicago and the Chicago Public School’s Department of Arts Education, is now in its third year.

"The All-City Visual Arts Exhibitions provide a unique opportunity to showcase student-made visual and media arts," the exhibit says online. "Generally, work would be exhibited at the City of Chicago Expo 72 Gallery in the Chicago Loop. Due to extenuating circumstances of COVID-19, this year all work will be exhibited solely online. Join us in exploring the work of some of Chicago’s best young artists and designers!"

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"Imagined Spaces," a photography project by ninth-grade student Kallisti A.

Student work includes paintings, sculptures, photography, fashion design, multimedia digital art and more. Three participating student artists have received either a $500 or $250 scholarship from Facility Chicago, a hub for emerging Chicago artists.

The exhibition can be viewed online and is separated between high school and elementary school artwork. Viewers are able to search for artwork by school or different mediums.