Curating Teen Voices-Coming of Age (Gallery 4)

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Bruno David is pleased to present an group exhibition titled Curating Teen Voices: Coming of Age organized by Mariana Parisca and Susan Colangelo with the youth members of the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective and Heather Bennett, Michael Byron, Carmon Colangelo, Addoley Dzegede, Ann Hamilton, Kahlil Irving and, Buzz Spector.

Curating Teen Voices: Coming of Age is a time capsule of teenage voices combined with adult artists living in St. Louis in 2015-16, all reacting to a critical and unique time in the history of race relations, gun violence, police roles and community relationships in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nonprofit organization where artists and urban youth collect stories, reframe and retell them through art to promote understanding, civic pride, and literacy. The project eloquently puts a megaphone to unheard voices, generating new respect for minority youth and brushing implicit biases away. There is no other program in St. Louis, or in the United States, that is generating work in this way.

The project contains an edition of 10 portfolios, each containing 30 archival digital prints. Each portfolio is housed in a handcrafted archival box created by Saint Louis Story Stitchers artist-in-residence Mariana Parisca. A limited number of sheets of six images will be available. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing work of the Saint Louis Story Stitchers.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council and, the National Endowment for the Arts. Curating Teen Voices: Coming of Age is based on the Youth Art and Writing Contest, 2015 and Curating Teen Voices Workshop Series which were supported in part by the Kranzberg Arts Center, Yvette and John Dubinsky Family Foundation, Susan Sanders Block and The Designing Block, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Regional Arts Commission (RAC).

In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalogue of the artists' work with an exhibition history.

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