Visual Arts

Preparation in the visual arts provides our young women with creative and critical problem-solving skills in addition to developing their own appreciation of art as a unique visual record of the diverse cultures of the world. The Visual Arts take a holistic orientation to education. Our curriculum is designed to challenge McAuley's young women to:

  • engage to the imagination.
  • foster flexible ways of thinking creatively and critically.
  • develop disciplined effort.
  • build self-confidence.
  • achieve technical skills for personal expression.
  • build portfolios for future study and career opportunities.
  • compete and exhibit their original artwork.

Our art students participate in many private and public-sponsored competitions. They also enter into many exhibitions throughout the South Chicago Metropolitan area, Illinois and Midwest region, including the Art ConnectED Senior Scholarship competition and exhibition, IAEA Northerner Regional Art Exhibition,  Midwest Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Art Program sponsors the Annual Juried Art Exhibition/Artapalooza and a senior Franklin Framing Gallery in Blue Island. 

Art from the Heart

Mother McAuley students participated in Advocate Christ Medical Center's annual art contest to expand its permanent art collection. This competition was open to students from schools involved in the "Live from the Heart" Program, and the submissions were judged by faculty from Saint Xavier University and experts from Acorns to Oaks Studio. Students from Mother McAuley stood out by having their artwork displayed, some chosen for the hospital’s permanent collection, and others received various awards.

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Mother McAuley is one of the top 20 Illinois Art Education Associations scholarship schools.

In the Spring of 2020 our Advanced Placement Art & Design students received $1,700,000.00 in scholarship offers.
In the Spring of 2022 our Advanced Placement Art & Design students received $3,987,718.00 in scholarship offers.