About the Exhibition



May 7–July 3, 2022

MOWA | West Bend

The Weight We Carry: A Teen Perspective on Resilience speaks to the strength to persevere through the various pressures today’s teens experience. Featuring works in a variety of media, the exhibition encourages visitors to pause, listen, and learn from Wisconsin’s young artists.

MOWA Teen Council members developed the theme and title of the exhibition. They considered commonalities among topics important to their peers. Select regional high schools across six counties were invited to create art in response to the chosen theme. The exhibition features artwork selected by each school’s art educators.



Brown Deer High School
Cedarburg High School
Escuela Verde
Germantown High School
Hartford Union High School
Homestead High School
Horicon High School
Hustisford High School
Kewaskum High School
Kohler High School
Menomonee Falls High School
Milwaukee Public High Schools
Nicolet High School
Northern Ozaukee High School
Oneida Nation High School
Pius XI Catholic High School
Random Lake High School
Saint Joan Antida High School
Sheboygan North High School
Shorewood High School
University School of Milwaukee
West Bend East High School
West Bend West High School
Whitefish Bay High School


Artwork shown
Top: Savanna Morris, Paper Cranes, colored pencil (detail) | West Bend High Schools
Left: Tyler Gellendin, Gray Space, watercolor, paper, charcoal, (detail) | Germantown High School

Exhibition Playlist



Listen to the exhibition playlist on Spotify

The playlist was curated by the 2021-2022 Teen Council in reflection and response to the museum’s teen exhibition

Support for this exhibition
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