Practicing What We Preach

In May we came together to intentionally "Practice What We Preach" at this seasons Marwen Teaching Artist Retreat. Thank you to all of you who created the time to reflect and learn together on this day.

With a 30-year-old mission to educate and inspire underserved young people through the visual arts, how does Marwen position itself to practice this work when young people are often unfamiliar with


July 26th, 2017 0 comments Best Practices / Events / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student engagement / Teaching Artistry / Uncategorized

Practice and Process: Marwen’s Recent Teaching Artist Residency

The Exhibition Opening for the 1st Annual Marwen Teaching Artist Residency - showcasing work from our first two Residents, Gwen Terry and Danny Sanchez- is Friday, September 23rd from 5-7pm! Please join us in celebrating their work along side the Summer 2016 Student Exhibition.


Read about Gwen's experience:
My work is known for being large-scale and mostly site-specific. For me, the creation of an


September 15th, 2016 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Events / Spotlight: Artists

Adolescent Development: Creating Partnerships and Relationships

We recently held at our annual Summer Teaching Artist Retreat in our lovely summer term sculpture studios at UIC . Morning presentations on adolescent youth development were led by fantastic and engaging UIC Youth Development PhD candidates, Emilia Chico and Nicole Darcangelo.
Here is their very useful PowerPoint on Adolescent Development for MARWEN.
And please utilize these helpful resources they shared with us as


June 12th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Collaboration / Events / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom

2015 and Beyond: The New Marwen Arts Campus

In April 2015, Marwen will begin renovating our space to create an Arts Campus to to serve 30% more students. These renovations will include:

2 new studios (for a total of 8)
A Technology Suite encompassing the entire 3rd Floor
A Lighting and Special Effects Studio
A Fashion Studio
A Student and Family Lounge
A Portfolio and Documentation Center
Increased exhibition and critique


February 23rd, 2015 0 comments Events

Student Workshop: Guest Artist Jason Lazarus

As world events increasingly unfold on our computers, what happens to this history once it’s been clicked?
Verve: Guest Artist, Jason Lazarus shared the concept from his project- Phase 1 Live Archive with Marwen students on February 12th. This archive, he explained, features recreations of Occupy Wall Street signs documented in online coverage of the worldwide occupy movement. The growing archive is created collaboratively with


February 26th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Events / Spotlight: Artists / Verve: Guest Artist Series

Guest Artist Series: Jason Lazarus

Please join us!
Jason Lazarus: Feburary 21st from 7:00-8:00pm at Marwen
833 North Orleans | Chicago, IL 60610
This event is FREE and open to the public!

Jason Lazarus will present his artwork and discuss the motivation, ideas and events that drive his work at this free Marwen event.
Verve: Guest Artist Series is a free series of lectures, presentations, and events that fosters


February 10th, 2014 0 comments Cross Discipline / Events / Photography / Spotlight: Artists / Time-Based Media / Verve: Guest Artist Series

Guest Artist Series: Favianna Rodriguez

Introducing Verve: Guest Artist Series!
  A free public presentation series at Marwen that focuses on the intersection of art, teaching, learning, and social practices.
The Marwen Teaching Artist Fellows are honored to welcome our first guest artist, Favianna Rodriguez on November 15 at 7pm!

This event is for students and their families, teaching artists, and the larger Chicago arts and activist community. Pass the word!


October 31st, 2013 0 comments Design Arts / Events / Printmaking / Spotlight: Artists / Street Art / Verve: Guest Artist Series

Marwen Lab Exhibition Celebration

Please join us this Friday June 14th at Marwen from 5-8pm to celebrate the incredible work of our 2012-2013 Marwen Lab students!
Read more about Marwen Lab in this (really great) Sixty Inches From Center post- written by Lab student Lauren Auyeung, and photos by Lab student Luis Mejico, with the support of Marwen teaching artist Sophia Allison.
[caption id="attachment_1113" align="alignnone" width="819"] Artist: Marta Murray[/caption]


June 13th, 2013 0 comments Events / Spotlight: Marwen Course

Ai Weiwei

A must see exhibition includes examples from the board spectrum of the artist’s practice, which encompasses sculpture, photography, video, and site-specific installations as well as his contributions to the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China. Ai Weiwei is known as one of China’s most provocative and vocal artists; his focus on human rights and social change eventually led


May 7th, 2013 0 comments Events / Spotlight: Artists

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