Art in Public Places - May & June 2021

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May & June 2021 Exhibit

Lake County Government, in partnership with Art Impact Project, is pleased to announce an Art in Public Places exhibit entitled "Making Impact: How Art Enhances Emotional Wellness".

On display through the end of June, this exhibit features artwork created by adolescents and adults, who have benefited from Art Impact Project’s supportive group programming. Art Impact Project's Beth McKenna and Vickie Marasco curated the show, with help from David Motley.

"Through Art Impact Project's partnerships with local schools, mental and behavioral health facilities, recovery sites, shelters, and an inmate program with Lake County Jail, we're able to serve our residents who are in need of healthier coping skills, emotional awareness, and expression," said Art Impact Project founder and Executive Director Vickie Marasco. "Combining art making with safe, nonjudgmental emotional support facilitates creative expression and gives people powerful coping skills.”

"Creating art can help heal us, and we're so happy to be able to share these pieces to inspire others who may be struggling with emotional wellness issues," said Beth McKenna, Art Impact Project’s Manager of Programming. "Art Impact Project is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Month this May, and we thank our partners who are dedicated to improving the lives of so many in our community, every day."

The Art Impact Project exhibit will be on display in the main lobby of the Lake County administration building located at 18 N. County Street, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public with free 2-hour parking available in the county's main parking garage. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks and social distancing guidelines are currently required for all who enter Lake County government buildings.

Lake County's Art in Public Places program was created in 2021 in partnership with local artists, arts organizations and galleries. Throughout the year, free exhibits will be on display at the county's main administration building in downtown Waukegan. To learn more about Art Impact Project, please visit

March 2021 Exhibit

Lake County Government is pleased to announce a new Art in Public Places Program in partnership with local artists and galleries. Throughout the year, artwork created by local artists will be exhibited in the county's main administration building, located at 18 N. County Street, in downtown Waukegan.

The first exhibit opened March 15, 2021 and is a celebration of Women's History Month. Six local, female artists are presenting I Connect: Women Artists of Lake County.

"This collection of work explores connections to ourselves, our environments, and each other through the artists' various social, generational, and cultural lenses.  As women, our awareness of "connection" is heightened during this time of collective isolation" said local artist and exhibit curator Katrina Davis-Salazar. "Through their chosen mediums and styles, these female artists consider defined and nebulous relationships and how we go about seeking and maintaining these connections. Aware of the healing nature of art, this positive theme was chosen to uplift those who walk through this space, during this challenging time."

Lake County artists include Kate Knutson, Aruna Sarode, Michelle Patch, Maricarmen Pizano, Lauren Marsh, and Katrina Davis-Salazar. Michelle Patch and Katrina Davis-Salazar curated the exhibit.

The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Parking is available in the attached parking garage and is free for the first two hours. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks and social distancing guidelines are currently required for all who enter Lake County government buildings.

Learn more about the artists and the March 2021 exhibit