Wear Your Words on view at the Woodson Art Museum features teens’ social-action statements – upcycled garments from recycled materials. Through this and a recent Art Speaks exhibition of teen artwork created from repurposed furniture, the Museum continues to keep the voices and vision of young area artists in the public eye.
The Woodson Art Museum’s exhibition schedule is developed to provide visitors with rich visual arts experiences. As curator of exhibitions, I look for variety in building a diverse schedule to appeal to the broadest spectrum of visitors.
A couple of years ago, an exhibition of artist-designed clothes made of recycled materials caught my attention. Through research, I discovered a TED talk by the artist – and environmental advocate – Nancy Judd. In it, Nancy wore a yellow dress that she’d made from strips of plastic caution tape. She explained how her fashionable clothing made from trash was the perfect way to encourage people to recycle. After seeing the talk, I knew it would be a special exhibition.