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Explore Artwork Created by Local Students

Displays of children’s artistic expression are often limited to the family refrigerator. Any child, upon seeing his or her creative endeavors hanging in a real art gallery gets a memorable and validating experience. It doesn’t happen every day, except for the artists whose work appears in the Museum’s Good Show! Gallery.

Filling the Good Show! Gallery with children’s thoughtful work offers many unique opportunities for local students, their families, and for Museum staff in investigating the impact of creating art on critical thinking and creative development. Targeting title one schools, the Museum’s Arts Specialist, works closely with school administrators and teachers to develop art projects that support art, math, science, and literacy curriculum.

Current Exhibition


Second graders at Steeple Run Elementary School in Naperville worked with Artist-In-Residence, Benjamin Calvert, to create their very own print. 


Young Artists completed the following steps:

  • Draw a design on a piece of cardboard
  • Trace the drawing in glue and apply a piece of string in the shape of the design — creating a printing block
  • Apply ink to the string on the printing block using a roller
  • Place paper on top of the inked printing block and press down evenly
  • The first print, an artist’s proof, is revealed


Working through this process offers students the opportunity to express their creativity in new and exciting ways. Given the chance to work with a professional artist, students are able to broaden their artistic horizons, see themselves as artists, and celebrate the joy or creating. 

This program is partially supported by: