Carmel Arts Council selects high school art curators for summer show


By Heather Collins

The Carmel Arts Council has enlisted two Carmel High School students to curate its upcoming summer exhibit as part of the CAC’S Emerging Curator Program.

Carmel High School sophomore Alex Thomas and junior Caroline Armstrong with Carmel Arts Council member and Indianapolis Art Museum curator, Harriet Warkel. Warkel will mentor the high students through the process of curating the CAC’s upcoming summer exhibit. (Submitted photo)

“The CAC’s Emerging Curator Program, which began in 2014, has been a successful way to guide high school students to investigate a career path in art gallery and museum curation as well as offering high school art students an opportunity to compete for space in a themed art exhibition,” said Children’s Arts Gallery coordinator Donna Tutwilder.

The CAC selected sophomore Alex Thomas and junior Caroline Armstrong to produce the CAC’s summer art exhibition.

Tutwilder said she believes this is the only opportunity in the country for high school students to curate their own show.

During the selection process last year, students were asked to visit the IMA’s “19 Stars of Indiana: A Bicentennial Celebration” art exhibit and view the show through the eyes of a curator. In March, the student curators visited Soho Cafe & Gallery in Carmel to analyze the artwork and develop a theme for their upcoming exhibit. During the multifaceted program, the student curators will select artwork for the show, write introductory panels and labels for each piece, give guided tours and participate with media relations.

The CAC’s student curator’s summer art exhibition will be open July 8 through Aug. 27 at the CAC’s Children’s Art Gallery, at 40 W. Main St. in Carmel.

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