Working under the guidance of Chicago muralist Molly Zakrajsek, “Molly Z,” Middle School students at Springer School and Center transformed a transverse climbing wall in their gymnasium into a kaleidoscope of color, shape and pattern. Zakrasjek visited the school in March as the Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence for 2018.
During her two-week residence, Molly Z. worked with each art class at the school for students with learning disabilities, then she spent concentrated time with a group of Middle School students who painted the 24-foot mural.
“I really enjoy working with the students and staff at Springer,” said Zakrajsek. “Everyone is so welcoming and positive. It’s a pleasure to work with others who value, honor and develop the creative spirit in young people. It was a joy to be part of the Artist in Residence Program and create a beautiful work of art with the students.”
Molly Z.’s murals can be found in several Chicago locations including the DuPage Children’s Museum. Her artwork can be seen throughout the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, as well as ToyLab in Cincinnati, and on a variety of posters and products.
The Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence program was established in 1993 by Paul Wenker in memory of his late wife, a Springer supporter and volunteer, and mother of three Springer alumni. Zakrajsek was also the Artist in Residence in 2010 and 2011, when she and a group of students created 90 feet of colorful mural in Springer’s lunchroom.