Through the years, Vicky has been involved in many programs that help raise money for alumni scholarships - Bare Walls and Open Canvas, participated in the University of Rockford's School of Medicine's "Unforgettable Art" fundraiser for the Alzheimer's foundation, and have received NAP grants (Neighborhood Assistant Programs), to implement an art therapy program helping heal students at UCAN Academy, a therapeutic day school working with children who have endured trauma. Using her gifts to help raise awareness of debilitating illnesses, soliciting scholarships for gifted young artists, and integrating art to heal inner-city children, have been some of the most fulfilling moments of her career.
Jen Jessen Lunt and myself
Scott Okin, Vicky Tesmer, Jim Pryzdia and Jen Jessen Lunt
Honoring the Alumni Association of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2014