CHICAGO -- For more than two decades, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art has provided a gateway to outsider art for Chicago Public School students through its award-winning professional development Teacher Fellowship Program. Throughout the school year, the program supports a cohort of Teacher Fellows to create an interdisciplinary lesson plan inspired by outsider artists. By introducing outsider art into their classrooms, Teacher Fellows give their students opportunities to translate their unique personal visions in new, non-traditional ways, with a nonjudgmental approach.

Now, at the end of this year's Teacher Fellowship Program, these students have the chance to see their own artworks on view at a real museum. Intuit is pleased to present the 2017-2018 Teacher Fellowship Program Student Exhibition as a way to empower kids to believe in the value of their creativity. After learning about self-taught and outsider art, students transformed found and unusual materials into art pieces that reflect how they feel and what matters to them. 

Varying outsider artists and their works act as models for students from each involved school to draw inspiration from. Students from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School are creating quilted textiles from upcycled materials that explore social movements and protest efforts in today's society, all in the style of outsider artist Jessie Donahoo, while Robert Healy Elementary School students are using themes of confinement to sculpt, based on self-taught artist Mark Francis's 2017 exhibition at Intuit. 

"I can express my feelings more openly and not be afraid of showing my personality in my art," Maranda Smith, a freshman high schooler who participated in the past said of what she gained through the program.

The family-friendly opening reception, with hands-on art activities and refreshments, will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018, and is free and open to the public.

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ABOUT INTUIT
Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is one of the premier museums of outsider and self-taught art in the world, offering exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a permanent collection of more than 1,200 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds.

Intuit is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; and Monday school holidays. More information at www.art.org.