More than 525 pieces of artwork created by local elementary and middle school students will be on display during the West Suburban Consortium for Academic Excellence’s (WSCAE) fourth annual Student Art Expo. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid Avenue) in Oak Park.
“The WSCAE Student Art Expo gives students who are passionate about art the opportunity to showcase their work and learn from each other,” said Dr. Ed Condon, the superintendent from District 90 in River Forest who has helped art educators plan the event each of the past four years. “It also celebrates the special bond that exists between these students and the people who helped them discover their creative voices and share their talents with the world.”
During the event, student artists will discuss their creations with the general public, and get input on the pieces from a number of local professional artists. There will also be live demonstrations led by the Oak Park Art League, and a chance for attendees to show their support for the students by sending them “fan mail” that highlights what they like best about their work.
All of the WSCAE districts are scheduled to participate in the event, including Oak Park Elementary School District 97.
“We are excited to be part of a fantastic event that recognizes hundreds of student artists from throughout the western suburbs,” said Dr. Carol Kelley, who is the superintendent for District 97. “I am particularly proud of the students who will be representing our district during the expo. Their hard work, dedication and imagination reflect our community’s devotion to the arts and commitment to education.”
All of the WSCAE districts are scheduled to participate in the event. These districts include: Butler District 53, Community Consolidated School District 181, Franklin Park District 84, Gower District 62, Hillside District 93, LaGrange District 102, LaGrange District 105, LaGrange Highlands District 106, Komarek District 94, Pleasantdale District 107, River Forest District 90, Riverside District 96, Union Ridge District 86 and Western Springs District 101.
For more information about the Student Art Expo, please visit http://wscaeartist.weebly.com.