After a busy Saturday morning music rehearsal at the Kranzberg Arts Center with Mr. KP, teens moved to the Stitchers Storefront Studio for a friendly and frank discussion with guest artist Kahlil Irving. Teens were mesmerized as Kahlil shared his personal educational journey as an artist from high school, through college at the Kansas City Art Institute, and now in graduate school as he enters the MFA program in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University. Teens saw Kahlil’s own multi-layered work based in part on contemporary urban artifacts including used fast food boxes and lottery tickets. They also learned about some of his favorite African American artists including Robert Colescott and Kerry James Marshall whose work teens have seen first hand at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Kahlil’s visit was Workshop #3 of the Curating Teen Voices: Coming of Age series, led by Mariana Parisca.