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Myself When I Am Real: A Teen Perspective on Identity 

May 22 – June 13, 2021 Upcoming Exhibitions
Image for Brianna Becker, Me, Now, as a Child, 2021

Colored pencil, graphite and ink on paper

Senior, Hartford High School, Educator: Dawn BloomerBrianna Becker, Me, Now, as a Child, 2021
Colored pencil, graphite and ink on paper
Senior, Hartford High School, Educator: Dawn Bloomer
Image for Lydia Winklbauer, No; Art Thou?, 2021
Colored pencil, gel pen, and ink on paper
Senior, West Bend East High School, Educator: Deb PrahlLydia Winklbauer, No; Art Thou?, 2021
Colored pencil, gel pen, and ink on paper
Senior, West Bend East High School, Educator: Deb Prahl
Image for Grace Umek, When You Strip Away the Layers, 2021

Colored pencil on paper

Senior, Pius XI High School, Educator: Patricia FrederickGrace Umek, When You Strip Away the Layers, 2021
Colored pencil on paper
Senior, Pius XI High School, Educator: Patricia Frederick

“Identity” is a dense subject. It comprises the labels we hang on ourselves as well as those that culture has imprinted on us since birth. As with every generation, the teens of today are forging their own path: adopting new terminology and concepts, finding their own voice on social media, and becoming politically conscious and engaged. For Myself When I Am Real: A Teen Perspective on Identity, we asked twelve regional high schools to have students create art that addresses the theme of identity. In parallel with MOWA’s exhibition Artists without Borders, the teen artists express their unique take on the relationship between art, place, and character.

The exhibition features twenty-four works—two representatives each from the following twelve high schools selected by their respective art educators:

Cedarburg High School
Mia Hanusa
Nola Patneaude

Étude High School
Marshall Brusky
Lillian Strauch

Hartford Union High School
Brianna Becker
Annaca Wraggs

Kohler High School
Kylee Gahagan
Samantha Kochan

Menomonee Falls High School
Isabella Christensen
Katie Fisher

Nicolet High School
Anika Byrne
Brianna Hintz

Ozaukee High School
Alexis Kurlinski
Amanda Dieringer

Pius XI Catholic High School
Nyah Rios
Grace Umek

University School of Milwaukee
Gregory Smith
Madeleine Megal

Veritas High School
Jessica Rodriguez
Nelia Ledesma

West Bend East High School
Austin Schmitt
Joscelynne Clark

West Bend West High School
Maggie Majewski
Lydia Winklbauer

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