Artist Studio: Drawing Attention Outside the Lines
2016 Dr. Carver Gayton Youth Curator Program Exhibit now on display!
Our 2016 Youth Curators are listed below. Check back soon for information on our 2017 Youth Curator program!
Ana, 17, Garfield High School
As someone who is interested in pursuing a career involving visual art, the Youth Curator Program would be a big step forward in understanding several essential professional art practices.
Discussing my art with others is something I struggle with and I feel that collaborating with other artists my age and talking with professionals will give me insight on how to improve my work.
In addition, I believe that this program will give me a chance to observe and understand new techniques and strategies, while pushing me to explore new artistic styles and subjects that will greatly contribute to my capabilities as an artist.
Caden, 15, Seattle Academy Arts & Sciences
I have been around forms of art since I was little. My grandfather was a singer, my father’s mom painted while my mother’s mom sewed, my mother was a photographer and my aunt was a sculptor. However, I went to a public elementary school where the art program was very limited. We had only one art class per month. They were so few and far between, but the days we did have them were always my favorite.
To me, art represented a challenge; the challenge to create something out of an image in your head, and no matter what you did it was beautiful because it came from you. As I grew I became more and more in love with art, taking what classes they had at my middle school. But my passion for art was only truly realized after I came to SAAS. For all three trimesters my Freshman year I took studio arts, my first time getting to work with dyes, acrylic paints, charcoal, blind contouring, and so much more. Every time I discovered a new medium, it was like a new way to express myself, and I can only imagine how much more there is to learn.
This is why I want to be a Youth Curator; because I know this program will only help me further realize my passion, and better yet, it will give me a chance to share my love of the arts with other young artists.
I believe one can learn a lot from observing the way others think in terms of expression when it comes to different mediums. Everyone has a different take on a subject, no one mind works the exact same. So from my NAAM experience, I would hope to learn more about the thoughts of others around me, and how that relates to something that we all love: art.
Chloe, 17, Franklin High School
I want to be a youth curator because I’m interested in all parts of art. Art history, art production, and art curation. I think that learning how to present art is essential to being a well rounded artist, and therefore essential to my own skills.
Since I was 7 and went to my first exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum I have loved the aesthetic of museums, and the subtlety and details that go into making a good exhibit. I want to gain technique and knowledge from this program, and make new friends who are also passionate about art.
I think it’s important to push yourself, and I have never had the chance to experience a program like this, so I think it will be an interesting and valuable challenge.
Elan, 15, Mercer Island High School
I want to be a Youth Curator to hone my drawing and composition skills as an artist. I want to learn the art I visualize in my head and communicate my ideas through art. I am passionate about a lot problems our world is facing today and I want to raise awareness for them through art. I believe NAAM will teach me how to express my thoughts onto a medium and present it in a way (online and off) to others and spark their interests. I hope to get to know other artists around my age and share our creative ideas and help each other follow through with them. All and all, I would love to experience a program hosted at a lovely museum that would help me focus on creating an art piece I care about and sharing it with other people.
Besides drawing and exploring different kinds of art mediums, I love reading. I have read since the time I could remember. Books have shaped my identity and my beliefs through their powerful stories I could escape into. At my elementary school I always enjoyed reading about incredible human beings in history, even if they were simple picture books.
I’ll never forget a picture book I read about Jackie Robinson. No matter what life threw at him, what others said about him, he never gave up on his dreams and he proved them all wrong. To this day, I remember this story to remind myself to do the same thing when I’m feeling hopeless and down.
Another one of my interests is helping the environment. When we protect our home – The Earth – we are helping everyone living here, even if it’s just a “small” difference. I am a Youth Ocean Advocate at the Seattle Aquarium and I also spent my summer of 2015 picking up cigarette butts in Chinatown. A lot of people asked me why I even bothered or “why do you care so much?” I love to rant about any important environmental problem and how world leaders need to focus on those problems all the time, but I always feel the need to do something with my own hands.
That’s why I also enjoy biking. I’ve biked the Seattle to Portland twice because I wanted to bike more, and biking 200 miles in two days is quite a lot. I happened to fall over at Centralia the first time I did it, but I finished the ride anyway because I reminded myself about a particular picture book I read on an incredibly strong man who defied expectations.
Jazz, 16, Garfield High School
I hope to get a better understanding of art, the art world and most importantly, a better understanding of myself.
I want to learn more about curating. I want to learn from my peers and elders and like-minded professionals. It would be great to learn how to take my interest, hobby, skills, and passion and turn it into an enterprise.
This opportunity could be a first step for me. This summer I applied to Pratt Summer Art Intensive and was awarded a scholarship in two categories. I learned so much and my techniques, application and imagination have only expanded.
Leland, 16, Garfield High School
I want to be a Youth Curator for the chance to work with the different cultures around me. I believe it would allow me to learn how to navigate the many different personalities.
From this I could greatly benefit my career I want to pursue in business. I think it will also help further develop my social skills and help me to appreciate people from all walks of life.
I believe that this job is perfect for me because I have worked in a museum environment before and I have witnessed the growth of the museum since its opening.
Growing up in the CD I remember always visiting the NAAM with family members to learn about African American culture and all its interesting exhibits like Pitch Black, (one of my favorite exhibits). It holds a special place in my heart because it showed me the effects of African American culture on baseball, my favorite sport.
Throughout the years, NAAM has had positive effects on black lives all around the city. I’m honored to be a part of this museum’s movement.
Maia, 18, Franklin High School
I want to be a Youth Curator because I am vehemently interested in African-American art, sociology, and history.
I felt connected towards NAAM once I visited for the first time. I had the urge to look and analyze the art pieces for such a long time and read their stories repeatedly without once getting exhausted. I became familiar with the artist’s methods and their spontaneous strategies to portray their message to the viewer. I want to be a Youth Curator to show my art, express my ideas, and gain knowledge from my peers.
From my NAAM experience I expect for my mentors to feed me with knowledge, constructive criticism, and give me strategies to overcome my insecurities and face my fears about sharing my ideas. I want to have a free mind and have full confidence of what I want to do in the near future.
Mi, 15, Franklin High School
I love art and history.
I want to improve myself as an artist and be more diverse. I want to try painting, sculpturing, and water color.
I feel that schools are cutting creative subjects. I have less opportunity to expand my creative inside. I hope this spot can help open up my art skill and perspective.
I love to look at art, my favorite is realism and pop art, because I want to know what they are thinking. Realism purely comes out of the artist’s head. It is in between their crazy mind and the real world.
Shea, 19 Center School / The Wing YouthCAN
Build connections, open up new options in life, and learn.
Stephanie, 14, Ingraham High School
I want to be a Youth Curator to know more about the paintings, art, and African American history.
Being a female African American artist, I would like to surround myself with activities that can develop my talent and passion for art, to eventually become a featured artist in a museum such as Northwest African American Museum.
Major support for the 2016 Youth Curator Program provided by: