Illinois Art Station Teen Collective Presents Living Through Them Art Exhibit July 25-27 – News


A student works on the upcoming art exhibit for Illinois Art Station’s Teen Collective.

Illinois Art Station’s first Teen Collective, whose motto is “Groups of teens who make art to make a difference”, will host an opening reception for its exhibition Live through Them from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 25, in the Transpace Galleries located in Room 115 of the Center for Visual Arts (CVA) on the Illinois State University campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Teens from Bloomington High School and Bloomington Junior High collaborated to create three intersectional projects within this group show. There are trigger warnings for suicide, hate crime, and mental health.

Finding teenagers who enjoy creating art and who are passionate about social justice issues is one of the Teen Collective’s main initiatives. “I think a lot of young artists have tons of ideas in their heads and some of the more complex ideas are still conceptual,” said Luke Lowers, Teen Collective mentor and curator of the exhibition. “We were able to let them put all their ideas on the table and give them the means to make them come true. “

“Social justice is a big problem everywhere, including in our city,” said Gemi Palma, artist for the Teen Collective. “A lot of people can relate to one or more of these groups, so the show represents a path that we have taken as teenagers and also a path that others may have taken.”

Exhibition collaborations:
“Acceptance could have prevented that. “
Artists: Alonnah Wallace, Lydia Fisher
Karla Bailey-Smith of Artistic Answers: Murals Supervisor

Mirrored emotions
“One piece, two emotions.
Artists: Gemi Palma, Asa Lotz,
Janella Punzalan: artistic assistant

June 19
“Malcom on the outside, Martin on the inside-“
Artists: Jaylyn Haynes, Kaylin Richards

The Center for Visual Arts building is located at 468 W. Beaufort St., Normal, Illinois. Visitor parking is available in the University Street parking garage next to the CVA for $ 1 per hour and will be free after 5:30 p.m.

Teen Collective was launched by Illinois Art Station in 2019 and is “For Teens By Teens”. It all started with a collaboration with a local art educator, Monica Estabrook, of Bloomington High School (BHS), where the teens of the Teen Collective were recruited. “Monica was kind enough to not only let us use her classroom after school, but also give us some insight into how to help these teens,” Lowers said. “Overall, these kids are rock stars! We spent a lot of time in Monica’s class talking about issues that interest them, other artists and what they’ve done and ways they can create art that serves their community.

The mission of the Illinois Art Station (IAS) is to provide all children, youth, and their families with transformative learning through hands-on experiences in the visual arts. The IAS is also engaged in our role of supporting the academic mission of Illinois State University by providing opportunities for students and faculty to pursue learning, scholarship and civic engagement through the visual arts. Visit or call (309) 438-4444 for more information.


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