It's not every day that your artwork gets displayed in a museum
… especially when you're eight years old. But that's not the case
for Jemma Jacobsen of Hammond, Ind., who helped the Chicago
Children's Museum decorate their new exhibit, Ready, Pet, Go!,
opening Wednesday. We talked to the second grader about her role
and what she thinks about it.
How did you end up doing the artwork for this
My mom's friend Jenny who works at the Children's Museum knows
how well I draw, so she asked me to do some of the drawings.
Do you have any pets?
I have two cats, a fish and a bunny.
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it
That's kind of a hard one. But me and my friend Char both
thought we would really, really, really, really like a horse.
What kind of animals did you draw for the
Horses and hamsters and cats and dogs and snakes.
Do you have a favorite one?
There's a guinea pig that I think was really cute.
Is there any animal that's really hard to
For some reason, I find it really hard to draw a dolphin.
What's your favorite kind of art?
I like drawing. And most of my drawings at home are of my
Do your friends know that you're going to have artwork
in a museum?
Most of my friends at school don't believe me, but I say "You'll
see that I really am." I showed them the plans for it and they
finally believed it. Most of my friends didn't think that I was
going to have an interview today!
How do you feel when you think about your art being in a
It makes me feel really excited. And it makes me wonder if any
of my friends would go to the Children's Museum and see it.
What do you think it will be like to see your drawings
at the museum?
I don't really know, but I'm sure it's going to be really
Elizabeth Diffin is the associate editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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