Willowbrook alumna selected to participate in Andy Warhol-inspired art exhibit

Willowbrook alumna Maureen Swiertz (class of 1991) has been selected to have artwork showcased at Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave. in Elmhurst.

The exhibit, called “Inspired by Warhol,” will take place from June 11 to July 28 and is hosted in conjunction with the “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop” display at Cleve Carney Museum of Art in Glen Ellyn. Andy Warhol’s large body of work focused on six themes: celebrity, consumerism, money, death and dying, identity and animals. He is best known for his distinctive style, his image and his tremendous voice in pop culture and the art world.

The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild invited local artists to submit pieces that reference Warhol’s work, while also honoring their own aesthetic. Swiertz’s submission, entitled “Condensed” (pictured), is one of 54 pieces selected by a jury panel to be displayed in the gallery. Entries also are eligible for prizes. For more information, go to www.elmhurstartmuseum.org/exhibitions/inspired-by-warhol.

Swiertz is the Creative Director at Wiley (one of the world’s largest publishers and a global leader in research and education) and received her bachelor’s degree in fashion design from Columbia College Chicago. While attending Willowbrook, Swiertz helped create two wall murals at the school.