75 Illinois art teachers will show their own art work Friday, April 17th, 7-10 PM at Bridgeport Art Center (BAC), 1200 W. 35th St.The first of its juried show offers cash prizes to K-12 teachers from more than 50 different schools both public and private, city and suburban schools.
“I believe it is important for art teachers to be practicing artists. Continuing to be inspired, practicing your skills, and staying up to date on current methods is crucial to being a comprehensive art teacher. This show makes it easier for teachers to showcase their work, and leads to a celebration for the art of teaching and of being an artist,” states Chris Sykora, Art Educator at Deerfield High School.
Works cover a wide range of media, including photography, drawing, painting, mixed media, fibers, printmaking, assemblage, ceramics and sculpture.
Jurors are Lelde Kalmite, BAC curator; and John Zilewicz, visual arts instructor, Northeast Council Vice President of the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA), and creator of the Illinois High School Art Exhibition.
“This is an opportunity for art teachers to showcase their artistic skills in a gallery setting where friends, family, colleagues and the public see for themselves that teachers not only teach, they do.” Zilewicz stated. “I understand how difficult it can be for full-time K-12 art teachers to maintain an artistic life, given the demands of job and family, which leaves little time or energy for individual creative work”, says Kalmite.
It is hoped that the show will become an annual event at BAC. The exhibition will run through June 5th.