The Nettie J. McKinnon Collection of American Art
La Grange Elementary District 102 is fortunate to have a remarkable collection of fine art that consists of 140 pieces, including sculpture. Nettie J. McKinnon was a visionary and a principal of the Oak Avenue School (now known as Ogden School) from 1930 to 1960. During this time she was instrumental in helping the graduating classes raise money for and choose original works of art of the time. It is known that a few of the original artists hand delivered artwork to Oak Avenue School.
Currently this collection is on display in the Nettie J. McKinnon Gallery located at Park Jr. High. It is the district's goal to integrate this art into the curriculum, providing tours for children, parents and the community at large. Junior high students have been trained as docents as part of the art curriculum. A web site will be developed which describes the foundation that will oversee the collection and includes descriptions and photos of many of the pieces.
Artists who have at least one work in the Nettie J. McKinnon collection and who are referenced in the AE curriculum are: Edward Potthast (2nd grade - Landscapes) and John Singer-Sargent (6th grade - Portraits).