Teens Behind-the-Scenes at Weatherspoon

Art Museum Offers Program for High School Students Interested in Art


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Image courtesy of Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC Greensboro

The Weatherspoon Art Museum (WAM) at UNC Greensboro recently announced a new educational opportunity for area teens. The program is called Teens Behind-the-Scenes and is a 6-week program during which high school students will have an opportunity to discover the history of Weatherspoon Art Museum, explore museum careers and learn about the interpretation of art objects. Based on WAM’s earlier Teen Art Guides program, Teens Behind-the-Scenes concentrates the museum experience into a single semester, allowing more flexibility for busy high school students.

Program participants will discover what goes on behind-the-scenes at one of the southeast’s leading art museums. They will be introduced and have the opportunity to interview museum staff. Teens in the program will expand their knowledge of 20th and 21st century art. In addition, they will gain eligibility to volunteer as museum greeters for upcoming education programs and special events.

The program will take place at WAM, located at the corner of Spring Garden and Tate Street, beginning September 22 and then running weekly through October 27. It costs $25-$35 for materials, depending on membership standing at the time of registration. Scholarships are available and the materials fee includes a one-year student membership or membership renewal.

Teens interested in applying for the Teens Behind-the-Scenes program can apply ONLINE. The application deadline is September 8, 2016. 

For more information, contact Terri Dowell-Dennis at t_dowell@uncg.edu or 336-256-1449. 

About the Weatherspoon Art Museum

Mission 
The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro acquires, preserves, exhibits and interprets modern and contemporary art for the benefit of its multiple audiences, including university, community, regional, and beyond. Through these activities, the museum recognizes its paramount role of public service, and enriches the lives of diverse individuals by fostering an informed appreciation and understanding of the visual arts and their relationship to the world in which we live. 
History 
The Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was founded by Gregory Ivy in 1941 and is the earliest of any art facilities within the UNC system. The museum was established as a resource for the campus, community, and region and its early leadership developed an emphasis—maintained to this day—on presenting and acquiring modern and contemporary works of art. A 1950 bequest from the renowned collection of Claribel and Etta Cone, which included prints and bronzes by Henri Matisse and other works on paper by American and European modernists, helped to establish the Weatherspoon’s permanent collection. Other prescient acquisitions during Ivy’s tenure included a 1951 suspended mobile by Alexander Calder, Woman by Willem de Kooning, a pivotal work in the artist’s career that was purchased in 1954, and the first drawings by Eva Hesse and Robert Smithson to enter a museum collection. In 1989, the museum moved into its present location in The Anne and Benjamin Cone building designed by the architectural firm Mitchell Giurgula. The museum has six galleries and a sculpture courtyard with over 17,000 square feet of exhibition space. The American Alliance of Museums accredited the Weatherspoon in 1995 and renewed its accreditation in 2005 and 2015. 

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