FHC is pleased to announce the continuation and expansion of our partnership with Misericordia Heart of Mercy’s Art Program. Misericordia is home to over 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. It is a community of care that maximizes the potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. Our art collaboration has provided reflection, cultural enrichment and most importantly new friendships and relationships for all involved.
Misericordia’s art program enables residents to work with different textures, forms and cultural art. The residents spend the year just like you learning about art history and different types of art. The program has been in existence for a long time and each year the art becomes more and more sophisticated. Their work is then displayed all over Chicago, auctioned off each spring at the Art Institute of Chicago, and even sold in their very own gift shop.
This year, the art collaborative will explore the life and work of Andy Warhol. Warhol was an American artist who worked with a variety of media including painting, silkscreening, photography, filmmaking and sculpture. He was a leading figure in the visual arts movement known as Pop art. His iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Campbell soup cans and Coke bottles defined pop art and changed the way people appreciate art altogether.
Andy Warhol wrote, “How can you say one style is better than another? You ought to be able to be an Abstract Expressionist or a Pop artist or a realist without feeling like you have given up something. I think that would be so great…to be able to change styles.” We are lucky enough to live in a world of many unique art styles and to be part of this unique collaboration.