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Teen Council

Composed of 12 young arts enthusiasts, Teen Council serves as the Museum’s vehicle for attracting the city’s teen population to CAMH and exposing them to the vibrant field of contemporary art. For council members, the group serves as a highly collaborative creative incubator that opens up opportunities for leadership, visual literacy, and life skill development. During weekly meetings, the council is introduced to the inner workings of museums and to the dynamic Houston arts community. Teen Council activities are decided upon by it members and can change from year to year, but past events developed by the Teen Council include art markets, exhibitions, fashion shows, film screenings, listening parties, music festivals, and poetry readings.

Teen Council is generously supported by Ms. Louisa Stude Sarofim and a grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Root Shift: Photographs of Stasis and Change Selected by CAMH Teen Council
On view at the Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St., Houston, TX

On view: March 4 – May 22, 2016
Exhibition Walkthrough: Saturday, March 12 | 12PM

Since the advent of photography, the camera has served to capture momentous environmental, social, and political upheavals while simultaneously recording the deep-seated rhythms of everyday life. In exploration of these perennial themes of continuity and disruption, the Menil Collection and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s Teen Council present Root Shift: Photographs of Stasis and Change Selected by CAMH Teen Council. 

Comprised of photographs from the Menil’s holdings, Root Shift brings together images of people and the landscape to explore ideas of adaptation and resilience. Through the photographs of artists such as Tom Arndt, Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, Edward Sheriff Curtis, Elliot Erwitt, Walker Evans, John Gossage, and Danny Lyon, the exhibition investigates humanity’s paradoxical relationship with change and the role photography plays in this interaction.

Now it its second installment, this collaboration between the Menil and CAMH provides teens with the opportunity to learn about the curatorial process by working closely with museum staff to organize an exhibition. After reviewing over 3,000 images in the Menil’s holdings, the Teen Council organized this small survey in relation to the theme of the FotoFest Biennial, CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet. The members of the 2015-16 CAMH Teen Council are: Hank Bond, Adrian Jimenez, Charlie Magun, El Mashiyah Miller, Connor Mizell, June Ngo, Alex Rodriguez, Kizer Shelton, Matthew Watowich, Thor Westergaard, Eli Winter, and Felicity Yiu.

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Teen Council Group Show at the Texas Art Asylum
June 10-12, 2016 | Opening Reception: Friday June 10 | 7-10PM
Location: Texas Art Asylum, 1719 Live Oak St., Houston, TX

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's Teen Council is pleased to present Teen Council Group Show, an exhibition featuring work by Teen Council members on view at the Texas Art Asylum June 10-12, with an opening reception held June 10 from 7-10 PM. On the heels of the recently organized Teen Council Fall Music Festival atCAMH and Root Shift: Photographs of Stasis and Change, an exhibition on view at the Menil Collection through May 29, Teen Council Group Show is a multifaceted exhibition, highlighting the Teen Council members' varied arts practices including painting, drawing, sculpture, writing, and music-based performance.

The works showcase each artist's unique perspective on social, political, and personal issues. Alex Rodriguez's sculptural work centers around recreating relationships important to them; Matthew Watowich's art examines humankind's increasingly distant relationship with the environment; and June Ngo's work examines the art world politic through sculpture. In addition to the presentation of visual artwork by Teen Council members, the opening reception will feature the premiere of Kizer Shelton's chapbook HOUSE, a reading by Jaelynn Walls, and a concert by Eli Winter. Presented together, Teen Council Group Show surveys a variety of art-making practices by teenage contemporary artists and creatives living in Houston who are committed to honing their skills as cultural leaders through the production of artistic practice, academic research, exhibit curation, and program organization.

Participating artists include: Hank Bond, Adrian Jimenez, El'Mashiyah Miller, Connor Mizell, June Ngo, Alex Rodriguez, Kizer Shelton, Jaelynn Walls, Matthew Watowich, Thor Westergaard, and Eli Winter.

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