Taught by some pretty big names in Chicago’s art world, these no-cost courses in July and August are sure to fill up fast.
Lisa Lee, director of art and art history at the University of Chicago Illinois Photo: Anna Dworzecka
Although it’s a public university, tuition in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Art and Art History is about $13, 400 per year—that’s $53, 600 for a four-year bachelor’s degree (for in-state students). But free education is part of the school’s director Lisa Lee’s new mandate for accessible art education.
Lee’s first step in seeing this vision through is a new program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts called the UIC Free Art School. It will offer free art classes this summer, July 6 through August 10, taught by some of Chicago’s leading contemporary artists: Theaster Gates, Riva Lehrer, Jason Lazarus, Dan Peterman, and Jennifer Reeder, to name a few.
Admission is free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no lengthy application process and no entrance exam. (You can bet these will fill up fast.) To register: uicfreeartschool.wordpress.com
The UIC Free Art School is continuing to add courses, but here’s a current sample of what’s available:
An Extraordinary Family Art Adventure with a Surprise
August 2 or August 3, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00
400 South Peoria at UIC Art & Exhibition Hall
Christine Sun Kim
A Choir of Glances
July 15 and 16 at 3p.m. to 5, each workshop followed by a public performance at 5:30
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room
City Mouse Country Mouse
July 19th, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Convene at 8 a.m. in Millennium Park, and take the train from Millennium Station to Manilow Sculpture Park
Soul Music and Soul Sculpture
August 4 at 7 p.m. to 10
Theaster Gates Studio (address will be given to attendees)
Afro-Surrealism and the Contemporary Cultural Production
August 2 at 2 p.m. to 5
106 Henry Hall, 929 West Harrison Street
“Seat of Power” Sculpture Class
July 19 and 20, 2 p.m. to 5
400 South Peoria, Sculpture Studio, Floor 4
“What the Hell is Contemporary Art Right Now?”
July 6th at 2 p.m. to 3 or July 8th at 6 p.m. to 7
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