DGS alum, artist headed to Shanghai
DOWNERS GROVE – Artists seek inspiration in new experiences, and Elliot Purse should have it in spades when he returns from a summer destination that couldn't be more different than his Downers Grove roots.
The South High School graduate and current graduate student of painting at the New York Academy of Art was one of four students chosen for a fellowship in Shanghai this summer. He departs May 25.
"As an artist, you try to react to your surroundings," he said. "So I think it'll be a good shakeup for my work to be in an environment that's so different from what I'm used to."
Faculty at both his school in New York and at Shanghai University selected Purse after viewing his end-of-the year studio work.
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