Collaborations VIII: Pick your Battles
May 6 - June 26, 2011
In its eighth year, HCP’s Learning Center Gallery will showcase work by sixteen participants in the Collaborations VIII program. During the six-month program, students from nine Houston-area high schools met every other week at HCP to develop the concept of the exhibition while sharing their personal experiences and their photographic eye. This year's participants met with artists and photographers Scott Dalton, Lorna Bieber, Peter Brown, Heather Sanchez, and Shelley Calton, who guided them throughout the process of developing their exhibition. Reflecting the participants' confrontations with issues such as stereotypes, self-image, career decisions and relationships, Pick your Battles is an exhibition that focuses on the challenges these artists face during their teenage years.
HCP brings together Houston-area high school students to collectively execute an exhibition of their own work. Now in its eighth year, Collaborations has grown exponentially since it began in 2003 when HCP challenged the photography teachers from two radically different schools to unite and collaborate through the medium of photography. From conception to presentation, the students are involved in every step of planning and executing their exhibition. The Collaborations participants meet bimonthly with an HCP educator and a visiting artist, photographer, or museum professional, to select a theme, critique their work, and to discuss their plans in implementing their final projects.
Collaborations VIII exhibition will be on view HCP’s Learning Center Gallery from May 6 - June 26, 2011.
Collaborations VIII participants are Justin Calvert, Marshall Cargle, Lissette Carranza, Emilee Cooney, Marissa Garcia, Bryna Hoang, Josselin Joya, Bianca Kaushal, Alex Liso, Elyse Lopez, David Copeland Loredo, Junny Ma, Garrett Marsh, Erica Reed, Emily Spence, and Alice Wang.
This year’s participating schools include:
Bellaire High School, HISD public school
The Chinquapin School, private school for inner city youth
Cy-Fair High School, CFISD public school
Episcopal High School, private school
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, HISD magnet school
The Kinkaid School, private school
KIPP Houston High School, alternative-learning private school
Lamar High School, HISD public school
St. John's School, private school