COD Public Art Committee Unveils New Traveling Installation “Glen Ellyn Letters”

By: Angela Mennecke

Mexican artist and muralist Juan Chawuk stands next to his letters display

The College of DuPage Public Art Committee in partnership with the Glen Ellyn Public Art Committee unveiled their newest project, “Glen Ellyn Letters,” at the Glen Ellyn Historical Society.

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Sponsored by COD and the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation, the traveling installation of hand painted letters by Mexican artist and muralist Juan Chawuk are 36’ tall and span 22’ long.

The letters spotlight iconic Glen Ellyn locations including the Civic Center, Lake Ellyn Boat House, the Glen Movie Theater, COD, McAninch Arts Center, Stacy’s Tavern, the Horse Trough and Glenbard West and South.

Chawuk also painted the Frida Kahlo letter installation for the 2021 “Frida Kahlo Timeless” exhibition held last summer at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art.

The partnership behind “Glen Ellyn Letters” is a result of the COD DuPage Public Art Project proposed by Diana Martinez, Director of the McAninch Arts Center, and approved by the College’s Board of Trustees in October 2020 with the goal of initiating public art events and art installations throughout DuPage County.

The partnership with Glen Ellyn is the inaugural kick-off to the College’s Public Art Project, where COD will work with the Village to establish a public arts committee, and partner for the creation of two public art installations. “Glen Ellyn Letters” replaces the community arts engagement effort. At the conclusion of 2022, COD will partner with another town for two years with the goal that the established committee in Glen Ellyn will continue on its own.