LabArts comes back full-scale, presents student artwork


Sarah Abdelsalam

LabArts is back to full-scale since 2019. LabArts is going on from May 8 to May 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and displays student artwork from across the Lab community. 

Jaya Alenghat, Reporter

LabArts, the annual celebration of the arts centered around the gallery display of student artwork, is on display in Gordon Parks Arts Hall through May 13.

The two weeks of LabArts, which began April 28, consist of art shows, art displays, musical performances, showcases, receptions and concerts. The end of this celebration is marked by the Rites of May festival May 13.

This year’s LabArts has been the first return to a normal, full-scale gallery exhibition since the pandemic. Last year, LabArts consisted of smaller gallery exhibitions, in 2021 the event was canceled and in 2020 the display was turned into a website. 

“Some of the people who are here now don’t even know about it because they haven’t experienced it before,” Candice Latimer, U-High art teacher, said.

Ms. Latimer is helping organize LabArts with other faculty members and some Lab parents. She believes it is important to celebrate and represent the arts in an educational environment. 

“The arts are so incorporated into the curriculum all through the students’ life here, and I think LabArts is a great way to showcase that,” Ms. Latimer said.

LabArts is also a great way for students from all grades to see their artwork recognized by faculty members and family who can visit the gallery.

“Seeing kids pose in front of their artwork for their parents to take a picture — that was really sweet,” Ms. Latimer said.

On weekdays, visitors can view the display if they have a Lab- or UChicago-issued ID or a state-issued identification card to enter the building. On the last day of the display, May 13, families can visit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.