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. 

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Fall 2022

The Korshak Collection: Illustration of Imaginative Literature

Brickdale, Eleanor Fortescue (English, 1872-1945), The Moth, 1917, Watercolor with gouache on paper

Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale (English, 1872-1945), The Moth, 1917, Watercolor with gouache on paper

The Korshak Collection: Illustrations of Imaginative Literature spans 135 years of illustration history and includes artwork by pioneering European and American artists in the field of fantasy illustration. 

The works on display depict iconic scenes and characters from stories such as John Carter, Alice in Wonderland, The Tempest, Don Quixote, The Story of King Arthur, and Rip van Winkle, among many others.

The Korshak Collection is presented by Steve Korshak, '69, a Laboratory Schools alumnus, and his wife, Alma. It has been exhibited at twelve museums and universities in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

View the Collection Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Corvus Gallery in Gordon Parks Arts Hall.

Opening Reception

Join us for the opening reception of The Korshak Collection: Illustrations of Imaginative Literature
Friday, September 30, 4–6 p.m.
at the Corvus Gallery in Gordon Parks Arts Hall
5815 South Kimbark Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Free and open to the public. 
All events convening at Lab are open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.


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.