From Student to Professional Artist

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By Season of Giving

Alec Rasumussen was a sophomore at OPRF High School when he decided to start attending the drop in life drawing sessions at the Oak Park Art League (OPAL).

Alec knew at that point that he wanted to pursue his passion for the visual arts and wanted to surround himself with professional and like-minded artists. Though he was the youngest person by at least 20 years attending the sessions, Alec recalls "I always felt welcomed and inspired to work."

During the summer of 2017, Alec continued his involvement at OPAL by working as a teacher's assistant in the Art Camp program. "The artist I worked with was able to show me how to fit a teaching practice alongside an active artistic practice," Alec says, "He gave me the confidence to pursue that on my own, and this past year I taught a painting class for high school students on the weekends."

Alec is currently in his junior year at Cooper Union pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Painting. We know that Alec will build on his early OPAL experiences and continue to grow into an exceptional artist and teacher.

For more information about membership, volunteering or to make a donation to the Oak Park Art League, please contact Executive Director, Jill Kramer Goldstein at 708-386-9853 or oakparkartleague@gmail.com. OPAL is located at 720 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park.

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