Teacher Fellowship Program Student Exhibition

June 4-July 5, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4, 1-4 p.m.
Curated by Joel Javier and Melissa Smith

Postcard design by Sandra Mars

Postcard design by Sandra Mars

Intuit's Teacher Fellowship Program Student Exhibition will showcase participants in the 2015-2016 Teacher Fellowship Program. Inspired by self-taught and outsider art, students transform found and non-traditional materials into art pieces that reflect their personal visions. A free, family-friendly opening reception will feature a dance performance by Franklin Fine Arts School elementary students and a drum performance by Vaughn High School students.

The Teacher Fellowship Program is Intuit's award-winning professional development program for teachers from Chicago Public Schools that reaches more than 600 students across Chicago annually. The core value of the program is enabling teachers to give their students an opportunity to translate their personal vision to art-making using non-traditional materials in a non-judgmental environment: Each person has creative potential. By participating in the program, teachers collaborate with colleagues on a lesson plan to help their students integrate the characteristics of outsider art into cross-disciplinary arts learning. Intuit's Teacher Fellowship Program is sponsored in part by generous grants from the Crown Family Philanthropies, the Polk Bros Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The 24 teachers whose students will be represented in the exhibition are from 13 participating Chicago Public Schools, including: Alexander Graham Bell School, Chicago Vocational Career Academy, John W. Garvy Elementary, Gillespie Tech Elementary, Morton School of Excellence, Nettelhorst Elementary School, Ogden International School, Jose Clemente Orozco Academy, Vaughn High School, STEM Magnet Academy, Thomas J. Waters Elementary, Mary Lyon Elementary and Franklin Fine Arts School.