Curate This! A Sense of Place

Experience A Sense of Place the Curate This! art exhibit curated by two Topeka teens. This exhibit on display in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery May 6 – July 16, 2017, explores the idea that happiness comes from understanding who we are and where we belong in the world.

Because modern society has reduced the role of community, we often find ourselves feeling unnecessary or questioning how we fit into society. Every human being has a specific role to play in the world, and the important thing is to discover our unique capacities. We don’t necessarily belong in just one place or with just one person.

Home can have many definitions, and we leave a part of ourselves wherever we go. Knowing our places in the world is the key to making the world a better place. Once we know where we belong, we can work toward accepting those differences that make us unique and therefore build a better, more cohesive world.

Attend the exhibit reception on Friday May 12, 2017, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

What Does a Curate This! Teen Curator Do?

This annual program brings teens together from area high schools to curate an exhibit. To begin the participants decide on a theme or main idea. By looking through the artworks in the Sabatini Gallery permanent collection (things we own), they select pieces that help tell their story best.

The guest curators research our records and use the library resources to create text for the exhibit, which includes information for the artwork labels. They also write a curatorial statement that explains the story or idea the exhibit is organized around.

Teen Curators learn to mat and frame artworks as needed. Deciding where each of the pieces and text will be placed is an important part of the layout process. Finally, the teen curators hang the artworks with careful measuring and leveling, and arrange the cases.

Voila! It is a finished exhibit.

Teen Curators

young woman wearing glasses and smilingCassandra Ludlum
Hello! My name is Cassandra Ludlum. I’m currently a sophomore at Topeka High and this is my second year participating in curate this. I participate in several extra curricular including theater, orchestra and scholars bowl. I’ve volunteered and taken part in a set designing internship at Topeka Civic Theatre. I’m also currently acting as the dramaturge for Topeka High’s production of The Crucible. I also enjoy creating art in several mediums such as drawing, sculpture, painting and screen printing.

Through Curate This I hope to continue expanding my resume and gain background in possible future careers. I hope to refine my skills of putting a show together and further my ability in advertising a show. I also hope to showcase my art and my fellow peers art. This program is a great opportunity because I wish to go into museum curating, art conservation or some other art history/museum-based career.


young woman in green standing on a street in europeClaire Reinert
I am currently a senior at Hayden Catholic High School. I plan to attend Truman State University in the fall and major in history with a minor in journalism. I will then pursue a career in the publishing industry. With a cultivated passion for history, I have come to appreciate art as a common medium through which history is represented. I frequent museums at every opportunity and have an interest in the curation process and inner workings of galleries and museums.


Participating Artists

Washburn Rural High School Art Students | Seaman High School Art Students

Zan Popp

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.