MISE-EN-SCÈNE exhibition showcases Dane Co. teen artists

The exhibition was conceived by Dane Co. teenagers and the artwork is created by Dane Co. teen artists as well.
Published: Mar. 21, 2023 at 5:46 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -An exhibition open for viewing at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art features the artwork of Dane County teen artists, also curated by a team of Dane County teenagers.

Titled MISE-EN-SCÈNE, the French term translates to “put into the scene” and is used commonly to describe all the elements that make up a stage or movie set: lighting, costumes, scenery, props and other details that characterize a space.

The museum’s Teen Forum put out a call for artists last fall, and selected works by eleven teen artists to be shown in the exhibition which will be on display through August 6. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) Teen Forum program is made up of a group of teenagers within Dane County selected to learn what a career as a museum profession entails.

“One week they may work with the curators to talk about how to put on an exhibition, one week they might work with our installations team, to find out all the ins and outs of actually hanging art,” detailed Bob Sylvester, MMoCA director of education and programs. “One week with the marketing team to learn how to write press releases and to promote their artwork...so at the end of the year they have a pretty good understanding of what it takes to put on an exhibition.”

Mt. Horeb High School artist Adeline Dobereiner saw her artwork hanging in the gallery Tuesday, for the first time since finding out she had been selected a few months back.

“It’s so cool, it’s beautiful and it’s really cool to be a part of this with so many other great artists because all the work here is incredible,” Dobereiner detailed.

Situated on the east-facing wall, the piece titled Go Fish! is an etching, Dobereiner described as a process reached by “carving into a plexiglass plate, inking it up and putting it through a press.” A technique utilized to make the three variations featured in her artwork.

Adeline goes on to attribute her creativity to the art program and teachers at Mt. Horeb High School. “They do an incredible job in providing us a ton of mediums to experiment with; etching is something that is not super common and a lot of people don’t get the chance to try it.”

Artwork is created by Dane Co. teens and the exhibition was organized by Dane Co. teens part of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Teen Forum program.

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