Teen/Artist Project

TAP students in gallery with artist

The Modern’s Teen/Artist Project is an ongoing program in which the Museum partners with regional and national artists to expand the art practice and knowledge of young, aspiring student artists. The program accepts 15 high school students, selected through a portfolio and application process, for an eight-month course that meets three hours each Sunday at the Modern. An important objective of TAP is for participants, both students and visiting artists, to develop a personal and meaningful relationship with the Modern and its holdings through close and continuous investigations.

Visiting artists work with the Modern Education Department to design relevant and challenging seminars spanning one to four weeks. These artist-run workshops generally consist of transdisciplinary conversations within the museum galleries and corresponding projects in the museum’s studio. The Modern strives to fully collaborate with each visiting artist to achieve the most effective programming, including an occasional offsite project or visit. With every TAP season, students glean rich insights into the ideas and practices of the makers and thinkers they’ve had the opportunity to work with as well as developing their own attitudes and impulses within the field of contemporary art.

This program is as demanding as it is rewarding. Students are required to make a firm commitment to attend class regularly, participate in class discussions and group projects, and ultimately contribute work/projects for the TAP exhibition/catalogue at the close of each season.


Ana Aguiniga / O.D. Wyatt High School
Zinnia Bessent / Gracewood Academy
Devin Canizales / Paul Laurence Dunbar Young Men's Leadership Academy
Sarah Carter / I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
Trenton Coleman / North Crowley High School
Kali Fenoglio / I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
Abigail Humphrey / I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
Elliott Kinney / Homeschool
Serena Li / R.L. Paschal High School
Paula Monsalve / Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Paige Murray / Arlington Heights High School
Jack Thomas Russell / W. E. Boswell High School
Lauren McOwen / Arlington Heights High School
Annelise Parker / I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
Lena Rock / Timber Creek High School
Keiko Sanchez / Arlington Heights High School
Denzel Uwimana / Arlington Heights High School