Corvus Gallery

The Gallery within the Gordon Parks Arts Hall promotes artistic and cultural awareness by exhibiting works of art for the Laboratory Schools, the University of Chicago, and the broader Chicago community. It serves to amplify our aesthetic and intellectual life on campus both by displaying the work of Lab students, faculty, and alumni, and by holding special exhibits. A focal point within the integrated arts environment fostered by Gordon Parks Hall, the gallery provides a forum for promoting visual acuity and for discussing a wide range of questions, both formal and cultural. 

Fall 2023

painting image of water and sky

Painting by Louise LeBourgeois '81

Louise LeBourgeois ’81 is an artist, writer, educator, open water swimmer, and an open water swim coach. She attended U-High for three years, graduating in 1981. She attended Kenyon College in Ohio for two years, then transferred to University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with a BS in Art in 1985. She earned a BFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1990, an MFA in painting from Northwestern University in 1994, and an MFA in creative writing-nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago in in 2016.

Louise lives and works in Chicago. She teaches in the Art and Art History Department at Columbia College Chicago. Her work is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco and Claire Carino Contemporary in Boston. She is a member of the Swedish Fish Masters swim team, and coaches open water swimming with Tri-Masters.

Her paintings will be on exhibit in Corvus Gallery September 22–November 17. 

Join the Laboratory Schools community for the exhibit opening on Friday, September 22, 4–7 p.m.
Gordon Parks Arts Hall
5815 South Kimbark Avenue

Amanda Williams, '92, teaching in the Corvus Gallery

Visual Arts at Lab

At the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, visual arts classes in grades one through twelve present art as a language with unique expressive powers. These powers enable students to fulfill the Laboratory Schools' mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence. The language of art also challenges students to fuse emotion and intuition with intellect. Through the study of art, each Lab student is encouraged to value and respond to his or her own perceptions and observations as well as gain empathy and understanding for the views and feelings of others. While working to create their own art, students develop a deeper and broader experience of culture and the humanities.

At each level of its program, students not only build skills, but also become more comfortable and confident in meeting the challenges of aesthetic self-expression. To enable students to achieve success through creative effort, fine arts teachers initially teach basic concepts which form the foundation for more advanced study. In the visual arts, students discover a heightened sense of awareness and confidence by developing their sensory perception and powers of observation. At all times and in all media, emphasis is placed on the process rather than the end result of making art.