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Program Overview

The Visiting Artist Program connects Stevenson students to professional visual artists through gallery exhibits and artist presentations (ARTalks). Created over 20 years ago by Stevenson emeritus faculty member, John DePinto, the Visiting Artist Program aims to feature a range of diverse artists, styles and mediums throughout the school year, providing our students with opportunities to interact with and learn from professional art and artists. 

Annually, six artists are selected for the program. Local artists exhibit for 6-7 weeks in Stevenson’s Visiting Artist Gallery. During the course of their exhibition, each artist visits two visual arts classrooms for an ARTalk to discuss their work, concepts and process. The Visiting Artist Program and ARTalks are presented in partnership with the Stevenson Foundation. 

Currently Featuring Brandin Hurley & Shayne Taylor

The Fine Arts Division is proud to feature Brandin Hurley & Shayne Taylor in the 2023-2024 Visiting Artist Series. The artistic team is also currently working on a permanent public art work for the QLC that will be unveiled at Odyssey on Feb. 13 and 14.

Ms. Hurley is a Chicago based installation artist with a background in scenic design. Her work, inspired by the seemingly eternal and awe-inspiring patterns found in nature, allows her to explore the beauty, fragility, and interconnectedness of the natural world and our responsibility towards it. She creates installations, sculptures, and fine art utilizing clean contemporary lines to honor the beauty and diversity of the natural world. She works in corporate, commercial, public and residential spaces.

Ms. Taylor is a professional Artist and Designer that works with a variety of mediums in wide range of styles. Her artistic abilities, work ethic, attention to detail and craftsmanship are consistent and easily seen in every project, big or small. Shayne often employs muted colors to whimsical illustrations with an art nouveau sensibility; but she not afraid to use vibrant colors to evoke an exaggerated reality.

Hurley and Taylors artwork will be featured in the Visiting Artist Gallery through Feb. 23.

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