News & Events

Below you will find updates for all of the events CPS Lives has been a part of. You can also see when CPS Lives has been featured in the News both locally and nationally.

For the most up to date events and news please visit us on all of the following platforms. We would love to share our stories with you.

Girls' World Exhibition with Melissa Ann Pinney!

Event, February 7, 2020 5:00 pm

Please Join us at Hofheimer Gallery (4823 N Damen Ave) for the opening of Melissa Ann Pinney and Judith Raphael’s exhibition “Girls’ World” from 5 to 8PM. There will be an Artist Talk on Saturday February 22nd from 2 to 3 PM with guest curator, Tony Phillips.


John Preus' ADAPTATION at The University of Chicago!

Event, January 30, 2020 4:00 pm

Join the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the Smart Museum of Art in celebrating the opening of John Preus: Adapation, a site-specific installation at the Keller Center staging reclaimed furniture from closed public schools.

With Adaptation, Preus builds on his past work and a residency at the Smart in order to create a functional installation that will be activated by the staff, students, policy-makers and faculty at Harris in collaboration with community members, artists, architects, educators, and others. The opening reception will be from 4PM to 7PM.


Sculptor John Preus constructs and installs his project in the Keller Center for the Harris Policy Lab at the University of Chicago.



Positive Slope Firecat Projects Show

Event, October 4, 2019 7:00 pm

CPS Lives is proud to team up with Firecat Projects To put on Positive Slope , our first group show featuring 16 of our artists! The Opening reception is October 4th, and the show goes on until October 19th. Please stop by and view the hard work of our artists!


Image by Abbi Chase



Expo Chicago

Event, September 19, 2019 12:00 pm

CPS Lives will have a booth at Expo Chicago (September 19th – 22nd) Show casing artists, Cecil McDonald Jr. and Melissa Ann Pinney, work that has been created during their time at their schools! Stop by Booth 421 and join us!

Image by Abbi Chase

Identity and Youth CPS Lives and Expo Chicago Panel

Event, September 11, 2019 6:00 pm

Melissa Ann Pinney (Artist, CPS Lives) and Cecil McDonald Jr. (Artist, CPS Lives). Moderated by Jacqueline Terrassa (Woman’s Board Endowed Chair of Museum Education, Art Institute of Chicago)

Expo Chicago and CPS Lives present a discussion featuring artists Cecil McDonald Jr. and Melissa Ann Pinney, two residents within the CPS Lives program whose work explores the intersections of representation as part of their ongoing projects. The two artists will discuss their residencies and their results – images that explore identity and youth – that blur the lines between the artistic and the academic.


CPS Lives Critique & Conversation @ Filter Photo

News, May 29, 2019 6:00 pm

Filter Photo will host CPS Lives this spring for critique and conversation. Join us as the CPS Lives photographers share with the larger Chicago photography community work-progress projects created between Chicago artists as residents in various Chicago Public Schools. CPS Lives artists will be sharing prints, videos, and digital projects of works in progress.  Stop in to see what they’ve been working on and learn more about this city-wide project.

For more information, please visit Filter Photo!


Image by Marzena Abrahamik

CPS Lives Presents: Janet Mesic-Mackie & Eileen Ryan @ Sulzer Library

News, May 22, 2019 5:00 pm

An Evening with CPS Lives - Documenting Chicago Public Schools

News, May 7, 2019 6:30 pm

Whitney Bradshaw in the Chicago Tribune

News, November 1, 2018 12:00 am

CPS Lives artist and Chi-Arts Visual Arts Department Head & AP Photography Instructor, Whitney Bradshaw, was featured in the Chicago Tribune Life & Style Sunday Section for her Outcry project. Outcry is currently hanging at DePaul Art Museum until December 2018. Congratulations, Whitney!


CPS Lives in Streetwise Magazine

News, October 1, 2018 12:00 am

Image by Michelle Keim

CPS Lives was featured in StreetWise Magazine! The article includes work from photographers Suzette Bross, Michelle Keim, and Janet Mesic-Mackie. Please follow the link below for the full article!


CPS Lives at Expo Chicago 2018

News, September 27, 2018 12:00 am

Artist & photographer, Suzette Bross featured her latest ongoing series, The Principal Project at EXPO Chicago this year. The work was exhibited with Geary Contemporary. To learn more about this event, please click “learn more” below!

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Image by Suzette Bross

Melissa Ann Pinney featured in New York Times Lens Blog

News, August 1, 2018 12:00 am

Photographer, Melissa Ann Pinney, was featured in the New York Times article “Celebrating Girlhood and Feminine Identity” written by Rena Silverman. To see the images, and read the full article, follow the link below.

New York Times Lens Blog


CPS Lives in Chicago Gallery News

News, July 16, 2018 12:00 am

Image by Eileen Ryan

Featuring photographers: Suzette Bross for Henderson Elementary School, Kris Brailey for Polaris Charter Academy, Eileen Ryan for Jones College Prep, and Whitney Bradshaw for Chi Arts High School.

Chicago Gallery News