On November 14-15, 25 high school art students traveled from down the street and as far as Colorado to take part in Trinity’s annual Art Visit Days.
The event gave students the opportunity to learn more about Trinity’s art and design program and visit the campus and art facilities. Students also got a taste of college life and the Chicago art scene. They were hosted overnight by Trinity art students then headed downtown to visit the Chicago’s West Loop Gallery District and the Chicago design firm Cultivate Studios.
On Thursday evening, visitors attended the Trinity art faculty exhibition and presentation, a wonderful opportunity to meet Trinity art professors who are also immersed in the art world. Visitors also viewed the work of Trinity art majors as they presented their favorite pieces during the Student Annual Review Show (SARS).
This year, high school students were encouraged to bring their own art portfolios to be considered for scholarships of up to $5,000 per year. This was an exciting opportunity for many students to have their art work critically reviewed for the first time.
As a prospective student, Trinity freshman art studio major Alivia DeHaan ’17 of Elgin, Illinois, said she wanted to see the work college students were creating when she visited campus. Not only did she have a chance to share her art with the visiting high school juniors and seniors as part of SARS, she also hosted two of the students overnight and shared more about her college experience.
“I thought about what I wanted to know as a prospective student,” she said, “and it was nice to relate to high school visitors who had an interest in art.”
Students came from Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin, as well as from local high schools such as Shepard, Evergreen Park, and Glenbard North, Morton East and Illiana Christian. Illiana students were accompanied by fine art teacher Jim Kamphuis ’96, a graduate of Trinity’s art education program.
Trinity Christian College’s Art Visit Days has been a tradition that affords high school rising artists an opportunity to see the many aspects of art at the college level. For more information or to visit, contact the admissions department at 708.239.4833.