Teens Curate Teens

“This program is a great opportunity for young artists to showcase their talent and be able to then have intellectual conversations on their process and inspirations. It has a potential to bring great minds together!” – TCT Curator

We’ve got the space. Do you have the vision?

Make a statement with your art. Tell a story. Make art that not only demands attention but sends a message that resonates with people.

As a Teens Curate Teens Curator, you will:

• Visit galleries with an instructor and learn the ins and outs of curating an exhibition
• Collaborate and discuss this year’s theme with your team of curators
• Curate an exhibition of your peers’ artwork for a month-long group show at Brooklyn’s art hub, The Dedalus Foundation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

As a Teens Curate Teens Artist, you will:

• Apply to have your artwork be a part of a group exhibition
• Have the option to create a site specific piece by submitting a proposal
• Create original artwork in any medium—from a painting to an installation piece – that reflects your personal perspective responding to the theme

In partnership with

Dedalus Foundation

Teens Curate Teens

(Curators) Kristina Gonzalez, Program Manager

(Artists) Amanda Guest, Program Manager

Open to 9th – 12th graders from NYC public schools

Teens Curate Teens 2019 Exhibition Opening: Saturday, May 11, 2pm – 5pm, Dedalus Foundation at Industry City, Brooklyn

Exhibition schedule

The exhibition is open to the public on Fridays beginning May 17, from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm as well as Saturdays May 18 (12:00 pm – 6:00 pm), and June 1 and 8 from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm. Visitors are welcome to make an appointment Monday-Friday from 9:30-5:30pm.

To make an appointment please contact The Dedalus Foundation: 212.220.4220

Student artists responded to the theme of gun violence. See their call for art below:

Each year Teens Curate Teens is an opportunity for teen artists and curators to create an art exhibition in response to an important issue. Hundreds of NYC teens were surveyed and chose gun violence as this year’s exhibition topic.

On an average day, 96 Americans are killed by guns. Gun violence is in the news and in our schools, neighborhoods, family histories and migration stories. This has prompted many ongoing, crucial questions:

  • How do we prevent this from happening?
  • What intersection is there between mental health access/issues and gun violence?
  • What are the impacts of gun violence on ourselves, our communities and the world?
  • Where and how do we feel safe in this country and beyond?
  • What could be a vision for an alternative future?

High school students are calling for a change—there have been calls for action—including the national school walkout last year inspired by the student-led movement for gun violence prevention.

Bring your creative responses and reflections in art to this conversation.


Past Teens Curate Teens Exhibitions

November 15, 2017

IM/PERMEABLE, (May 14-June 10, 2017) A teen-curated exhibition of artworks by teen artists that explores the idea of borders. Borders can…

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Where You Been?
July 19, 2016

Curator’s Introduction and Exhibition Gallery: Where You Been?  is an art exhibition that explores migration, transitions, and traditions in today’s society….

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Teens Curate Teens 2016
May 14, 2016

EXHIBITION RUNS: May 14 – June 11 Open to the public select Fridays and Saturdays: Friday, May 20th — 2:00-6:30 PM…

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“Where You Been?”
May 5, 2016

Please join us May 14, 2016, from 2:00-5:00 PM for the opening of Where You Been?, a teen-curated exhibition of teen artwork.  Also…

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Teens Curate Teens Art Submission made Simple
April 4, 2016

The deadline to submit artwork to this year’s Teens Curate Teens exhibition is fast approaching on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6th! It’s not…

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TCT Site Visit Recap
March 7, 2016

Hello! Wah Gwaan! I’m Shanalda, I’m a teen artist, and I’m in my second term as a Student Art Program (SAP)…

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