Hope is a Light: Select Works from the Chicago Public School Class of 2021 

In conjunction with CPS All-City Visual Arts, Art on theMART highlights selected CPS seniors’ artwork from across the city in a collaborative debut exhibition: Hope is a Light: Select Works from the Chicago Public School Class of 2021. 

Art on theMART—a singular public art platform that operates through a custom projection system that includes 34 projectors installed on the Chicago Riverwalk—has transformed hi-resolution photos of 2D artworks from a range of media (created by CPS seniors) into animated, dynamic projections that fill and move across theMART’s façade, set to music. The audio is a collaboration between Chicago Public Schools and iHeartMedia.

We celebrate the CPS seniors whose artworks were chosen to be included in this one-of-a-kind exhibition:

Henry De Luca
Disney II Magnet High School
Elements – Tabitha

Emily Diaz
Instituto Health Science Career Academy
Dance to Survive

Jason Acevedo
Aspira Early College High School
Untitled

Kendell Rasco
Little Black Pearl High School
Untitled

Yoselin Mata
Schurz High School
Day of the Dead

Elijah Robertson
Morgan Park High School
The Things I Love

Victoria Mak
Ogden International School
Cheese

Accompanying the projected artworks are original musical pieces created by CPS students:

Orbit
Composed, produced, engineered and performed by Sofia Marie Dimas
Sullivan High School; Advanced Arts Program

Han But Old-Timey
Performed by Jorge Huinac-Cruz
Whitney Young Magnet High School; All-City Performing Arts

Broken Diary
Performed by Logan Kane
Lane Tech High School; All-City Performing Arts

Cupid Really Loves You
Performed by Daniela Lopez and Elijah Ruiz
Chicago Academy for the Arts High School; All City Performing Arts

View the Exhibition

You can see Hope is a Light: Select Works from the Chicago Public School Class of 2021 one of two ways:

Visit the in-person exhibit: This exhibit will be shown nightly at 9:00pm and 9:30pm until June 26th, 2021, projected onto the façade of theMART (222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza). The exhibit is best viewed from the Chicago Riverwalk between Wells and Lake St. More details about planning your visit to the exhibition can be found here.

View the recorded premiere: A livestream of the exhibit opening premiered on May 26th, 2021. View the recording here!


More about Art on theMART

Art on theMART opened on September 29, 2018 to 32,000 visitors. It was founded as a 30-year partnership with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) as a new, singular public art platform. Art on theMART operates through a custom projection system that includes 34 projectors installed on the Riverwalk, casting over 1 million lumens onto the façade of theMART.

More about CPS All-City Visual Arts (ACVA)

The CPS Department of Arts Education All-City Visual Art (ACVA) Exhibitions have been a long-standing tradition for Chicago Public Schools students and teachers. These exhibitions—including Senior Portfolio and the All-City Elementary and High School Visual Arts Exhibitions—provide a unique opportunity to showcase student achievement in visual and media arts and exhibit student work in highly-visible, public exhibition spaces in Chicago.