Shapeshifters is the 11th biennial youth art exhibition organized by CAMH’s Teen Council. Drawing from an open call, the Teen Council received over 700 submissions responding to the questions: What forms you and/or your generation? How do you define your space? Can you change shapes? Teen Council chose the theme of shifting shapes knowing that their peers would respond and interpret this idea in a multitude of ways. Some artists responded by looking closely at architecture and the shapes in our physical world; others recognized changing shapes as an internal and emotional adjustment. Finally, other artists took the theme as a reflection of their developing bodies and examined their self-image. The artists Teen Council chose to include are contending with boundaries through new lenses. Embracing the coming-of-age narrative that is ubiquitous across teen culture, the works in this show are steeped heavily in the “swipe-culture” that has come to define the current generation.
–CAMH Teen Council
All works in this exhibition are courtesy the artist.
About CAMH’s Teen Council
The Teen Council is a group of dedicated high-school students who are employed by the museum to create programming for their peers. Council members participate in a two year-long program where they receive in-depth, behind-the-scenes museum experience; learn about pathways to creative careers; and develop leadership, collaboration, and critical thinking skills while gaining real-world experience planning exhibitions and events in a museum setting.
Every other year, CAMH’s Teen Council organizes an exhibition in the Nina and Michael Zilkha Gallery featuring new work by young, Houston-area artists. The Teen Council members work collaboratively to select the theme, title, and artworks featured in the exhibition while assisting with the design, organization, printed exhibition catalogue, and related programming.
Teen Council is celebrating its 20th year at CAMH in 2019.