“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.


Exhibiting Artists

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

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by