Teen/Artist Project 2015–2016
Posted by TAP on October 6, 2015 - 11:33am

The new season of T/AP has officially begun.

After a competitive selection process, 21 pre-collegiate students and 2 interns were accepted into the program. Congratulations to this year’s participants!

Katie Bone / Richardson High School

Arin Crawford / Northwest High School

Marcy Davis / Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy

Nestor Gregorio / Polytechnic High School

Logan Larson / McKinney Boyd High School

Alvaro Munoz / Diamond Hill High School

Elle Munoz-Diaz / Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Abdul Reef Nsengiyumva / Polytechnic High School

Margaret Oliveira / Boswell High School

Isabella Payne / Paschal High School

Angel Rodriguez / Arlington Heights

Quinn Rousseau / Aledo High School

Daniella Salazar / Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Erik Salcedo / South Hills High School

Emer Kate Sanders / Paschal High School

Matthew Silva / Timber Creek High School

Jaden Sims / Birdville High School

Lola Skjolsvik / Trinity High School

Claire Speer / Arlington Heights

Isabell Spence /Northwest High School

Alison Villasana / Western Hills High School

Summer Aquino / T/AP INTERN

Ayesha Nadurath / T/AP INTERN


For our first gallery + studio session, participants worked with Dallas-based artist and educator Carlos Don Juan. Don Juan is a senior lecturer in painting at UT Arlington and a member of the collaborative group Sour Grapes. His work has been exhibited internationally at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France; and Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston, Texas. Don Juan is currently represented by Kirk Hopper Gallery in Dallas and has recently been featured in Blue Moon Brewery and FIAT advertising campaigns.

The first meeting addressed ideas of identity, cultural appropriation, and fashion through a mask-making project. Students were led through the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, comparing and contrasting Wiley’s paintings Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, 2005, and Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson), 2010.

Students returned to the studio and were introduced to the four-part project that will sequence through water colors and gouache masks, background landscape painting, photographic reference details, and portraiture painting.


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