featuring Marzena Abrahamik, Justin Schmitz, & Matt Siber


Join CPS Lives online via Zoom for a night of critique and conversation. CPS Lives photographers invite the larger Chicago photography community to join them as they share works-in-progress created during their time as residents in various Chicago Public Schools.


This critique will feature Marzena Abrahamik, Justin Schmitz, and Matt Siber, as they reflect on both the beauty and challenges of photographing Chicago public schools during a pandemic. They will dissect and reminisce on the past school year, touching on the importance of photographing youth and empty school spaces during the pandemic, and what will change going forward. Audience participation is encouraged in the review and critique. 

Image Credit: Marzena Abrahamik

Founded in 2018 by Chicago photographer, Suzette Bross, CPS Lives is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that pairs Chicago artists, designers, creatives, thinkers, makers, and educators with a Chicago Public School during the academic year to collaborate on a project, sharing the unique and individual story of each Chicago Public School. Each story will be celebrated and exhibited through local Chicago Public Library branches, as well as existing on the CPS Lives website as an accessible digital archive of history for students, families, community members, educators, administrators, policymakers, and the general public.

For more information about CPS Lives, please visit www.cpslives.org.

To accommodate social distancing, the in-person portion of the event will be limited to 10 attendees. Masks will be required to be worn throughout the duration of the event.

Date: June 17, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm CT
Cost: FREE
Location: Online via Zoom