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Peirce School Participates In Art Exhibition Program Which Features Emerging Artists

Photo Credit: Maria Camila Vargas

Students at Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies now have one more way to travel the world without ever leaving the classroom. On Sept. 30, IPaintMyMind, a Chicago non-profit arts organization whose mission is to make art accessible to everyone, installed an art exhibition at Helen C. Peirce School. The exhibition features framed prints by St. Louis-based artist Tony Frankenberg of Mr. City Prints that depict 20 cities from around the world.

The exhibition is part of IPaintMyMind’s Shared Walls program, which transforms spaces both for businesses and the public through temporary art exhibitions. IPaintMyMind provides companies and organizations with loaned art from their growing collection, transforming how people encounter and experience the artwork. “By putting loaned art where people live, work and play, we’ve mobilized a resource that fuels our mission” said Evan La Ruffa, the founder of IPaintMyMind.

IPaintMyMind specializes in affordable and emerging visual art, with a focus on illustration, collage, mixed media, photography, screen prints, and giclees. The Shared Walls program employs a unique model by loaning temporary art exhibitions to private companies at a fee, then using that revenue to offer free art exhibitions to schools, libraries, parks, and community centers. “We’re all about embedding value in our mission,” La Ruffa said. “By giving partners a great service, we help IPaintMyMind remain financially sustainable while making sure everything we do is mission focused: making art accessible to everyone.”

Helen C. Peirce School, a pre-K through eighth-grade Chicago public school, is currently celebrating its 100th year serving the Edgewater community. The school’s principal, Lori Zaimi, reached out to IPaintMyMind after seeing the Shared Walls exhibitions at Daniel Boone Elementary. IPaintMyMind’s decision to install artwork that features 20 international cities was made in reverence to the school’s focus on international studies.

“For every American city print that we have completed, we have been trying to then focus on a location outside of the U.S.,” artist Tony Frankenberg said. “Our inventory of a variety of international cities allowed for this unique opportunity to work with the Shared Walls program, which found a very fitting setting for the prints in an international studies school.”

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