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Corvus gallery installment, ‘Immersed,’ opens Sept. 22

Ryan Burke-Stevenson
Gina Alicea assembles the new Corvus Gallery installment, “Immersed,” by 1981 U-High alumna and artist Louise LeBourgeois. This installment will be open from Sept. 22-Nov. 17. 

“Immersed,” an exhibit by artist Louise LeBourgeois, an educator and 1981 U-High graduate, will be included in Lab’s Corvus gallery within Gordon Parks Arts Hall from Sept. 22-Nov. 17. 

“The paintings and drawings in ‘Immersed’ represent different aspects of my artistic practice from 2005 until the present,” Ms. LeBourgeois writes in her didactic panel. 

In addition to being an artist, educator and writer, Ms. LeBourgeois is a passionate open-water swimmer and feels a strong connection with open areas, such as natural bodies of water and skies. 

“My water/sky paintings and drawings are also an expression of that passion. They are also a commentary on the environmental complexities we humans face,” Ms. LeBourgeois writes. “In 2023, our planet has experienced the hottest temperatures on record. We face an uncertain future. There’s a lot that is already out of our control.”

Math teacher Shauna Anderson first met Ms. LeBourgeois not as an artist or an educator, but as an open-water swimming instructor cheering from the sidelines while Ms. Anderson ran a triathlon. After learning that Ms. LeBourgeois was both an artist and a Lab alumna, she introduced her to Gina Alicea, an art teacher and director of the Corvus Gallery.

“I was like ‘Oh, my friend Ms. Alicea is also an artist. I’ll introduce her to you because you’re both artists,’” Ms. Anderson said. “So me, Ms. Alicea and Louise, we’ve gotten together and had meals together, and now we kind of have a little group.”

Ms. Alicea feels that “Immersedwill be meaningful to Lab students in terms of mastering their artistic craft and finding their voice. 

“I think as artists, we’re always trying to find a way to express ourselves through our visual arts, but now she’s (Ms. LeBourgeois) found both the visual and the words,” Ms. Alicea said. “It appeals to anybody that’s been down at Lake Michigan or any student that may see that the colors change every day.”

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Light Dohrn, Assistant Editor
Light Dohrn is a member of the Class of 2026 and a Midway assistant editor. As a ninth grader, she joined the journalism team during the 2022-23 school year. Her favorite piece she has written for the Midway is “Through authenticity and humor, biology teacher inspires passion among students.” Outside of journalism, she enjoys Middle-Earth fantasy books and Wes Anderson movies. Awards: 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Excellent, review writing 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Honorable mention, press law and ethics
Ryan Burke-Stevenson, Photographer
Ryan Burke-Stevenson is a photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2025. His favorite part of photojournalism is being able to give a visual aspect to stories. Outside of photojournalism, Ryan is interested in cooking and cycling.

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