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Press Release

Wisconsin’s teen artists shine in This Little Light of Mine: A Teen Perspective on Joy

Media Coverage April 18, 2024

(MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN) – Museum of Wisconsin Art presents the upcoming exhibition, This Little Light of Mine: A Teen Perspective on Joy. Every year, MOWA’s Teen Council invite their peers to reflect on contemporary issues and thinking in a special annual exhibition organized by Teen Council members. In this year’s exhibition, teen artists explore what feeds the human spirit. The exhibition opens on April 27.

In This Little Light of Mine, students were asked to consider how their lives foster joy. The exhibition’s theme was developed to examine how both the mundane and extraordinary can nourish their souls, whether through details about themselves, relationships, communities, or the surrounding world. “This exhibition on joy not only showcases the talent of young artists, but offers a respite from life’s challenges while inviting viewers to find beauty in simple pleasures,” said Courtney Hinder, Curator of Youth Education at MOWA. This Little Light of Mine: A Teen Perspective on Joy encourages teens to be mindful of what fills their own cup but also how they contribute to the joy of others.

This exhibition features artworks from thirty-three regional high schools. Art educators from each school selected one piece to represent their art program and this year’s exhibition theme.

Teen Council—open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors—was created to empower and amplify teen voices at MOWA. In addition to the teen exhibition, members help plan teen programming, grain exposure to museum careers, connect with other teens who share a common interest in the arts, and meet MOWA exhibition artists. Applications for the 2024-2025 term can be found on MOWA’s website:

This Little Light of Mine: A Teen Perspective on Joy will be on view at MOWA April 27—July 21, with an Opening Party on April 27.


Meredith Niedfeldt, Seniors, 2023