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Preview & Annual Benefit: Friday May 3rd, 2024 at 7pm

Tickets Available Here:  BENEFIT TICKETS
Public Opening Reception: Friday, May 17th, 2024 from 5:30-8pm

Exhibition Dates: May 3rd – June 15th

Silvertuna Studios and Collect With Lulu present



Former Highland Park resident, Laura ‘Lulu’ Reich Comes Home with a WOW!

A new exhibit One Wall at a Time opens at The Art Center Highland Park during a ticketed event, Friday, May 3, through Saturday, June 15th.


Highland Park native Laura ‘Lulu’ Reich currently lives in Astoria, Queens but she still loves to visit her hometown. Since leaving the area she has built an enviable reputation as a champion of street artists, many of whom have international reputations. This May and June, she returns to the Highland Park area with a baker’s dozen or so of her top artists and their millions of social media followers. She is definitely returning with a wow!

Eighteen months ago, Lulu was visiting relatives back in the Highland Park area when she stopped in to The Art Center Highland Park where she met Executive Director James M. Lynch. They struck up a quick connection through their mutual love of street art and graffiti. Lynch had been advocating for a change to the Highland Park mural ordinance which did not allow for murals of any kind, but it was slow going. Through a series of emails, Lynch and Reich exchanged ideas and looked for an opportunity to work together in the city they both love.

Lynch suggested the idea of a mural festival to Eric Falberg, co-owner of 28 Mile Distilling Company, principal of the Celebrate Highwood group, and Highwood city councilperson. Falberg, along with fellow council member Andy Peterson, met with Lynch, Lulu, and her partner, artist, filmmaker, skateboarder, and artrepeneur, Koz, to create the first-ever Highw Highwood International Mural Festival this June 6-9.

As a bonus, Lulu and Koz are curating a street-art-themed gallery exhibit at TAC as a preview during the not-for-profit’s annual benefit. There is an opening on May 3 for ticketed guests and a reception for the general public on Friday, May 17, at 5:30 PM. The exhibit contains work by various artists, including a wall-sized mural by Chicago artist Ruben Aguirre.

Lulu attended Highland Park High School and has always loved her hometown and neighboring Highwood, visiting often. After a strong career in advertising, and fashion, owning her own New York gallery, and a stint in a Chicago-area gallery, she found her niche celebrating street artists. Her clients now include some of the top names in street art at a time when the public is recognizing the value and appeal of this formerly overlooked art genre. Now established as a central figure in the field, Lulu devotes all her time to collecting, curating, and as an art dealer/advisor. Her A-list clients include names like Chris RWK, Al Diaz, Asend, Anna Murphy, Don’t Fret, Eelco van den Berg, E Lee, Epic Uno, Stuk One, Wane, and Zimad – many of whom are represented in the One Wall at a Time exhibit now on display at TAC.

“My focus has always been the personal aspect of art and collecting. I believe in the value of encouraging genuine conversations about art and life and I am so excited to bring this all back to my hometown,” says Lulu. “This is personal for me in many ways and I love giving back. Everyone has been great to work with and I’m so proud of the artists we have been able to bring together to create a new chapter in the regional art scene represented by TAC.”

One Wall at a Time is in preview from May 3rd at the ticketed event, ‘The Benefit’, a fundraiser for the many arts and cultural programs sponsored by TAC, with a free opening for the general public on Friday, May 17th at 5:30 PM. It can be viewed during gallery hours, Mon-Sat, 10-4 through June 15th. A portion of all art sales and gift shop items go towards TAC programming.

More about Lulu can be found online at Collect With Lulu. Koz can be found at Silvertuna Studios. The International Mural Festival can be found on the Celebrate Highwood site.

The Art Center Highland Park, a not-for-profit organization, is the North Shore’s home for artistic discovery and creative exploration. Through innovative programs, exhibitions, and classes designed for all levels and ages, The Art Center provides a welcoming space for our diverse communities to experience and participate in the arts.

The Art Center Highland Park

1957 Sheridan Rd

Highland Park , IL 60035


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