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. 

cART ride for art students

Today we recognized the visual arts students who represented Mother McAuley in the Northern Regional Exhibition with a cart ride. 

Showcasing art students at annual Artapalooza

McAuley's annual Artapalooza was held on Thursday, May 4! It was a great afternoon showcasing our incredibly talented students! Did you know over 570 students participate in one or more art class a year?! We are so proud of all their creations and grateful for the way they brighten our hallways.

Artapalooza 2023 to be held on May 4

McAuley's annual Artapalooza will be held on Thursday, May 4 from 1:40 - 4:00pm! The event showcases the work of our talented art students. Attendees will enjoy viewing the artwork on display, grabbing snacks from food trucks, listening to music, participating in raffles and more. 

Second semester Macs with Merit announced

Congratulations to our second semester Macs with Merit! These students were selected by a teacher or staff member to receive this award based on their honorable character, diligent work ethic and notable contributions to the McAuley community. We are very proud of these young women!

A MIGHTY night at our November Open House!

Thank you to everyone who attended Open House! We had a great time showing you around our school and sharing the wonderful academics and activities we have to offer! We hope to see you again soon.

Welcoming Jr. High artists!

Thank you to all the future macs who joined us for our Junior High Art Workshop. We are mighty impressed with all of your creations!

Celebrating International Day of the Girl

Every day at McAuley we celebrate girls. On International Day of the Girl we especially celebrate the opportunity McAuley provides for young women to become empowered leaders that change the world.

Calling all Jr High artists!

Get creative and discover your talents with the Mother McAuley Art Department! Choose one of five projects to learn more about painting, digital imaging, sculpture, drawing or photography! 

Learn More & Register

Journalism Students celebrated with Cart Ride

We held a cart ride in honor of our  journalism students who won awards from the Illinois Journalism Education Association and in the 2022 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, Student Media Awards.

Register for Summer Camps 2022!

We are very excited to announce that registration is now available online for McAuley Summer Camps! From sports to art to theatre to science, we have a camp for you! There are camps available for ages K - 12!

Learn More & Register!

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11 of our talented young artists were announced as 2022 Regional Scholastic and Writing Award recipients. These Mighty Macs were recognized by the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center for their original works and received 16 Midwest Scholastic Art Awards!

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.