LINCOLN SQUARE — A new art exhibit shows an entirely different side of Chicago's police officers — their creative one.
In advance of Sunday's annual St. Jude Police Memorial March, which honors officers killed in the line of duty, the Lincoln Police District is transforming its community room into an art gallery, featuring works by active and retired members of the city's police department.
The exhibit, "Dimensions: An Exploration of Artistic Expression of Chicago Police Officers," will include paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and stained glass.
Members of the public are invited to meet and speak with the officers-artists at the exhibit's opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the station, 5400 N. Lincoln Ave. Light refreshments will be served.
The artwork will also be on display at the station 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday.
The exhibit is a first for the district, CAPS Sgt. Atour Bethishou said.
The event is designed to challenge common perceptions of police officers and promote conversation, Bethishou said via email.
"Chicagoans seldom have the opportunity to observe law enforcement outside of its primary role in society," he said.