Curate This! The genius of our Age

Staff at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery have provided a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for area teens through a homegrown art outreach effort called Curate This! View the product of their hard work in the gallery now through Aug. 11. It makes a convenient stop during the First Friday ArtWalk.

Teens have worked for months to put together The genius of our Age: A Focus on the Individual, an exhibit using the library’s permanent art collection that might just appeal to the “i” generation. Teens had to write text including curator’s statements, labels, preparing walls, matting and framing art.

Teen guest curators are Anna Ahrens, Shannon Hayden, Kelsie Middaugh, Erika Spaulding and Sarah Sutterfield. They were led by Betsy Roe, associate curator at the gallery.

“The genius of our Age exhibition is inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, “Self Reliance”. He begins with the following statement,
“To believe in your own thought, to believe that
what is true for you in your private heart is true

for all men, -that is genius.”

The word genius (with a lower-case “g”) refers to individuality. It symbolizes the process of forming new ideas through unique thought and allowing in the constant presence of inspiration. This allows us to grow, learn, progress, and evolve in each generation.

The genius of our age is the unique idea that one person has which breaks ground. Genius is interpreting. Genius is creating. It is imagining, inspiring, contemplating, and understanding. Our existence is only as limited as our genius.”

The individual everyone has that spark of creativity, and these teens definitely showed theirs. Come in and see art ranging from cityscapes to abstracts.

This is the second annual exhibit curated by teens.

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.