Marzena Abrahamik & Justin Schmitz at Michelle Clark High School

Marzena Abrahamik and Justin Schmitz worked together to create images for the athletic teams and clubs at Michele Clark High School. The work was originally conceived to provide the staff images for their yearbook layouts. Working together, they created images that would elevate the standard yearbook photograph into something more dramatic and memorable. These photographs made in the context of the CPS Lives Residency take on another life when presented outside the yearbook context. Our intention is to to inspire positive social change by creating an archive of empowering portraits.

 

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Meet the Artist

Justin Schmitz

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Justin Schmitz is a Chicago based Photographer. He is the recipient of the
Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, The Tierney Fellowship,City of Chicago CAAP Grant,
Albert P. Weisman Scholarship, and The Union League Civic and Arts Foundation
Scholarship. A collection of his work was part of the Mid-West Photographers
Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.  He was runner-up for the
Photography Book Now Prize, and a finalist for the Honickman First Book Prize.

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Justin Schmitz is a Chicago based Photographer. He is the recipient of the
Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, The Tierney Fellowship,City of Chicago CAAP Grant,
Albert P. Weisman Scholarship, and The Union League Civic and Arts Foundation
Scholarship. A collection of his work was part of the Mid-West Photographers
Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.  He was runner-up for the
Photography Book Now Prize, and a finalist for the Honickman First Book Prize.

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Meet the Artist

Marzena Abrahamik

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Marzena Abrahamik received her BA from Loyola University in 2002 and her MFA from Yale University in 2013. Her recent solo exhibitions include presentations at Johalla Projects, Chicago (2017, 2015), the Gallery of Classic Photography, Moscow (2013), and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, North Carolina (2012). Group exhibition highlights include the Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh (2016), Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago (2016), Soccer Club Club, Chicago (2016), Sushi Bar, New York (2014), the International Photography Festival, Tel-Aviv (2014), and Aperture, New York (2013). Her work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and Haas Family Art Library at Yale University. Her work can currently be seen in the Whitney Houston Biennial in New York.

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Marzena Abrahamik received her BA from Loyola University in 2002 and her MFA from Yale University in 2013. Her recent solo exhibitions include presentations at Johalla Projects, Chicago (2017, 2015), the Gallery of Classic Photography, Moscow (2013), and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, North Carolina (2012). Group exhibition highlights include the Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh (2016), Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago (2016), Soccer Club Club, Chicago (2016), Sushi Bar, New York (2014), the International Photography Festival, Tel-Aviv (2014), and Aperture, New York (2013). Her work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and Haas Family Art Library at Yale University. Her work can currently be seen in the Whitney Houston Biennial in New York.

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