Teen BMA…Where Are They Now?
By Haley Medved Kendrick, Teen Advisory Board* member, 2007
Few memories of my time in high school stand out as prominently as my experiences volunteering with the Birmingham Museum of Art. As a member of the Teen Advisory Board and a summer volunteer, I gained valuable experience not only with art but also more broadly with nonprofits and the Birmingham community. I believe that my experience volunteering in various communities within and around the city through the Museum’s programs began to grow my fledgling interests in the social sciences. Currently I am pursuing a PhD in Sociology at UAB, and the knowledge and experience I gained from volunteering with the BMA often assists my understanding of society, especially in the Birmingham area. I would encourage students from all disciplines to take advantage of opportunities available at the Museum; there are so many ways to get involved and so much to learn. Not to mention, it’s a ton of fun to make and enjoy art while you’re at it!
*Teen Advisory Board was the precursor to Teen BMA.
Teen Inspired by Kerry James Marshall
Teen BMA member Nicole Gallups was so inspired by one of the Museum’s most recent acquisitions, School of Beauty, School of Culture by Kerry James Marshall, that she chose to focus a recent school paper on the piece.
In her own words…
"The paper that I'm doing for English is about Kerry James Marshall's view on black beauty and how it compares to the way the same subject is dealt with in Toni Morrison's 1970’s book, The Bluest Eye. I chose the Marshall painting because he is one of my favorite contemporary artists. I love the bold colors that he paints and the absence of color in some of his paintings. I also love the composition of his paintings.
"I chose to focus on his newer piece because I really like how he shows that beauty can be seen from different angles. I also thought since we live in a society where beauty is everything, it's important to show that beauty can be found in places other then Hollywood. I wanted to relate it back to Toni Morrison's book to help emphasize Kerry James Marshall's view of African American beauty in our society."
Nicole is a senior at Hewitt-Trussville High School and is an avid photographer.