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The Lisa Show 2012

Celebrating life through creative self-expression. Winner of the Illinois Art Education Association Distinguished Service to Art Education Outside of the Profession Award and the New Initiative Award from the Business Committee for the Art, Inc. and Forbes Magazine. Created by: The Great Frame Up.


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The Program

The Lisa Show, formerly the Creative Self-Expression Show, is for everyone—the artist, the instructor, the parent, the community. We understand this artistic-chain, and want to recognize all of the behind-the-scenes efforts, from the hard-working young talent to the enthusiastic and dedicated art departments. The Lisa Show reaches out to everyone.

The History

The show was introduced to high school art classes in 1995 when The Great Frame Up founders, David and Marlowe Klitzky, realized funds for local high school art programs were diminishing. The solution was this program, where their seven Chicago-area Great Frame Up stores adopted community high school art departments, providing supplies such as artist portfolios, mat board and custom framing for over 700 pieces of art. The stores sponsor 27 juried art exhibitions for their adopted high schools with the framed artwork showcased. Each high school’s art gallery exhibitions at The Great Frame Up are on display for three weeks (exhibition dates below).

All participants receive a certificate of recognition and the best-of-show winners receive cash awards. This gallery showing serves as a great opportunity for young artists to earn recognition, and see their artwork framed in the light of a professional gallery.

The Change to The Lisa Show

During the course of 2002, David and Marlowe’s daughter Lisa lost her battle with a very rare form of cancer. Among a great many things, Lisa was an artist and loved to express herself in her work as a graphic designer and in her paintings and drawings. In memory of Lisa and her love of all things art, we renamed the Creative Self-Expression program The Lisa Show starting in 2003. Further, we have given a definition to Lisa’s initials that we believe captures the essence of our philosophy. Lisa = Life Is Simply Art.

$7,500 In Scholarship Money

Not only are the seven Great Frame Up stores sponsoring 28 high school art exhibitions, the stores also take the time to further showcase their works of art. The Lisa Show will invite the five best-of-show winners from each high school to bring their artwork to a Best-of-the-Best exhibition where they compete for higher-learning scholarships. A total of $7,500 in scholarship money will be awarded. The Best-of-the-Best exhibition will be held (To Be Announced)

Two National Recognition Awards

The Lisa Show has received the New Initiative Award from the Business Committee for the Arts, Inc., and Forbes Magazine, and the Illinois Art Education Association Distinguished Service to Art Education Outside of the Profession Award. The IAEA award recognizes companies that have provided outstanding support in the arts for over five years.

In addition to national recognition, 40 pieces of art from The Lisa Shows are currently on display at the new University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital designated gallery.

The Prizes & Donations

This year, The Great Frame Up will be giving away over $100,000 in art supplies and scholarships.

All told, the stores have donated over $1 million in materials and time to support this program.


Student Art Gallery Exhibitions

Arlington Heights store 1310 Rand Road, 847-398-8238
Palatine Special Needs Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Palatine High School Thursday, April 26, 2012
John Hersey High School Tuesday, April 5, 2012
Maine West High School Monday, April 16, 2012
Buffalo Grove High School Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Lake Zurich High School Thursday, March 8, 2012
Broadway store (in Chicago) 2905 N. Broadway, 773-549-3927
Lakeview High School Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Lincoln Park High School 2012
Elm Street store (in Chicago) 21 W. Elm Street, 312-482-8811
Gallery 37 Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Latin School Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Jones College Prep Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Evanston store 2814 Central Street, 847-869-9130
Evanston Township High School Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Niles North High School Thursday, March 22, 2012
Niles West High School Thursday, April 12, 2012
New Trier High School Thursday, March 1, 2012
Northbrook store 601A Skokie Blvd., 847-480-0400
Highland Park High School Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Glenbrook North High School Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Deerfield High School Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Libertyville High School Monday, April 23, 2012
Vernon Hills High School Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Lake Forest High School Monday, March 19, 2012
Vernon Hills store 278 Hawthorn Village Com, 847-680-1880
Stevenson High School Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Best of the Best Show Sunday, May 20, 2012

Each student exhibition will remain on display for two weeks after the show date,
so come in and support your community's up-and-coming artists!

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For more information about The Great Frame Up, our services and our support of the art community, please contact us today at 1-847-680-1880 or e-mail us at mklitzky@aol.com