Loyola Academy’s AP Studio Art Show is an annual celebration of student work in the visual arts held at the Evanston Art Center (EAC). Many of the students exhibiting work in the show have been in art courses at Loyola for two to four years and come from the following disciplines: studio (drawing, painting), graphics, photography and architecture.
This year, 20 Ramblers participated in the show, which opened at the EAC on Thursday, March 1. The opportunity to present in a professional gallery is a unique and valuable experience for students.
“The perspective of art once it’s outside a studio is transformative,” explains senior Tatum Koehn. “It adds an element to the work that it could not achieve if it didn’t leave the studio space. Seeing my pieces on the gallery wall is certainly an experience I will never forget. Having it on public display for other people to enjoy means the world to me and makes all of the hard work worth it.”
“The turnout was amazing, and there was only good energy throughout the gallery,” adds senior Jake Brosnan.
Each student selected and curated his or her art, professionally prepared the work for presentation and finally installed the art in the gallery.
“Presenting and discussing their work builds real-world skills,” says Visual Arts Department Chair Colleen Aufderheide. “Through the process, students develop as independent thinkers who can communicate comfortably with others about their ideas and creativity. As Jesuit learners, they are strengthening their abilities to lead and serve in a diverse world.”
Senior Emily Smith was surprised by the level of interest and attention from guests at the show. “They were feeling and observing the small details that I poured hours over creating,” she says. “Some even approached me and asked questions about such details. It was interesting to watch people grasp the meaning of the various pieces. It was also helpful to view an outsider’s reaction and response to each piece. Even children studied the works.”