As the Woodson Art Museum’s Teen Art Council (TAC) advisor/mentor I’m proud to share the voices and visions of young artists that are integrated into Museum exhibitions and programs.
TAC comprises motivated teens who meet monthly during the school year and are committed to sharing art and art museum experiences with their peers. This week their good work is exemplified in three exciting ways!
The exhibition Art Speaks opened Tuesday; it showcases TAC members’ altered chairs that tell a personal story. Each artwork “speaks” about an experience that shaped the teen’s life. The students started planning for this exhibition last fall and worked independently to complete their artworks for the April 1 opening.
On Tuesday evening, Wear Your Words workshops began with teens gathered at the Marathon County Public Library. TAC invited area teens to work together to create social action statements by making upcycled garments using recycled materials. Teens brainstormed to develop slogans and basic ideas for each garment or accessory. In upcoming workshops at the Museum, they’ll continue to refine their artworks for presentation here May 10 through June 15. During a final work session on May 2, students will meet and work with artist and environmental advocate Nancy Judd, whose upcycled artworks will be on view from April 12 through June 15.
Preview the students’ artworks Saturday, May 10, 1-3pm, during the Wear Your Words reception at the Woodson Art Museum. Also, add your words to a participatory sculpture made from oversized puzzle pieces. All ages are invited to draw or write on a puzzle piece, sharing a social-action aspiration.
All area teens are invited to a magical mystery party, Friday, April 4, 6-8pm, at the Woodson Art Museum! This TAC-planned Magician’s Summit offers an evening cloaked in illusion and secrecy, featuring guest magician and escape artist Mike Von Schroeder. Watch for a disappearance and help solve the evening’s riddle. Bring friends for camaraderie, food, and fun. While here, talk to TAC members and find out how you can join the group for the 2014-2015 school year.
Participate in one of the many ways teen voices and visions are celebrated at the Woodson Art Museum; join TAC this fall and you can help plan many more!