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. 


You Be My Ally, Fall 2020

Jenny Holzer inspired artwork

YOU BE MY ALLY is a public artwork that demonstrates how art, especially when mobilizing new technologies, can provide collective and meaningful experiences within the converging social and political contexts of the Covid-19 pandemic, calls for social justice, and the national election season. Holzer uses texts from the UChicago Core curriculum, opening them up to a broader public and offering a novel introduction to K–12 students, through an augmented reality (AR) mobile app. These rich curriculum concepts, through the app, are "projected" onto the façades of selected campus buildings. This format provided a great opportunity for students to think about all the places language shows up in their communities and to generate public artwork by casting relevant quotes onto any surroundings virtually. 

Jenny Holzer (b. 1950), a world-renowned conceptual and feminist artist and alumna of the College at the University of Chicago, was awarded UChicago's Rosenberger Medal in 2019. To increase community access to public art on campus and in the city of Chicago, the University commissioned the artist to create a site-specific artwork: a FREE web-based augmented reality (AR) app, and trucks circulating Hyde Park and neighboring communities. Photo by Nanda Lanfranco.

Mixed Media
AP Drawing Class
AP Drawing Class
Mixed Media Class
Photography Class

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.

Senior Art Exhibition, Spring 2020

The Senior Art Exhibition is a culmination of the student’s work in various mediums, from digital art and photography, to traditional painting and drawing, to three dimensional and installation-based works. Seniors have been working in various mediums with a diverse range of approaches and styles as evident in this show. Working alongside Lab’s Visual Arts HS Faculty; Mirentxu Ganzarain, Benjamin Jaffe, Sunny Neater-Dubow, Ana Romero and Brian Wildeman, seniors have been mentored on various artistic practices and then turned loose to explore their own approach to art making. This creative freedom has allowed students to create work that is uniquely theirs, enjoy!

Acrylic & Oil Painting
Book Art
Digital Art
Mixed Media