Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet the students who have been working with Appleton art teacher Elyse Lucas on the DIY Gallery: A Deeper Look Into the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. About two years ago, Elyse attended one of my presentations at the Wisconsin Art Education Association Conference in Appleton, Wisconsin. The intent of the presentation was to create a sense of awareness about this project and all of the amazing artists Zina, Rachel, and I worked with.
Elyse loved the idea, but felt that she wanted to introduce it in another way. A way that would be more relevant to her students. So she designed a curriculum based on the project. The curriculum walks her students through various stages of researching, collaborating, communicating, curating, and presenting their thematic ideas for organizing an exhibition. What I found to be interesting was the fact that her students created mock up galleries of what the exhibition would look like.
As you know, plans change. Especially when you are in the physical space with real obstacles like installing actual works, gallery walls, lighting, etc. Regardless, I could sense excitement, nervousness, and ownership coming from these students. This exhibition is student-curated, which features 6 Wisconsin artists who have been featured in the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. They are Daniel Fleming, Erica Huntzinger, Tonia Klein, Melissa Dorn Richards, Sara Risley, and Sara Willadsen.
Installation Day at Global Arts Gallery
If you go:
Location: Global Arts Gallery, 702 York Street, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220
Reception: February 11 from 1-4pm
Exhibition runs from January 30 – February 25, 2017.
– written by Frank Juarez, art educator/founder of the 365 Artists 365 Days Project