Hillcrest Artwork Featured at MSI

Hillcrest Artwork Featured at MSI
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Five Hillcrest High School Art Students will have their work on display at the Museum of Science and Industry through July 4, 2021.

Their work will be featured in the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition which is usually held in February to celebrate Black History Month. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the exhibit was moved this year. In order to be considered for this gallery, students submit art pieces through an online portal, and artwork is selected for display by a team at the museum.

This year, students Lydia Wooden, Talitha Allen, Mariah Bates, Loreal Bonds, and Naje Craft will have the honor of seeing their work on display at the museum.

Additionally, Hillcrest High School Art Teacher Jamilah Adebesin-Mason had the opportunity to speak at the Black Creativity Gala that was held virtually this year. She was invited by the Museum President, Chevy Humphrey, to discuss her thoughts on encouraging young artists.

"I mentioned that I encourage students to be true to themselves, so they can speak through their artwork," says Adebesin-Mason. "I want them to Network with different people and try different techniques. As well as listen to different ideas and not allow fear to deter them from their goals."

Vice President Sheila Cawley, exhibit coordinators Tiffany Malone and Octavia Hooks, and several other performing guests, teachers, and board/team members were present.

"I'm very grateful for the chance to attend the gala and converse with the many individuals that make the Black Creativity experience possible. Representation for every community is important and is vital for young black students. It was inspirational and gave me ideas to bring back to the classroom," says Adebesin-Mason.

Hillcrest High School became involved in the art show after Adebesin-Mason took her students on a field trip to the museum to see the winning art piece of Jean Lewis, a former Hillcrest Art Teacher.

Then, in 2015, after feeling inspired from seeing the show, a former student named Kennedy Warfield decided to work with her teachers to submit artwork for the show. As a result, Kennedy won a summer scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

"Since then, I encourage my students to participate each year," says Adebesin-Mason. "They benefit from the professional experience of having to submit artwork for approval as well as having to frame and drop off their own work. I think that is a valuable experience for them."

The Black Creativity Art Exhibition is the longest-running African-American Art Show. Outside of featuring high school student's artwork, the exhibition is an entire museum experience in which African-American scientists and innovators are highlighted. To learn more, you can visit the Black Creativity Art Exhibition website at https://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/black-creativity-juried-art-exhibition/. Or, you can also visit the exhibit through July 4 when you visit the Museum of Science and Industry. Entrance into the exhibit is included with museum admission.