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Teen Workshop: Mark your Resistance


Have you ever wanted to take part in political action? In this workshop you will draw, paint, and collage imaginative protest signs to take into the street, explore the Riot Grrrls exhibition and talk about abstract art, feminism, and protest; learn exciting new art-making techniques from professional artists in the MCA galleries; and meet other weird, creative youth from all over the city.

This is an intensive workshop in contemporary art for adventurous high school students.

Riot Grrrls is a celebration of female artists who are making bold and adventurous abstract paintings in the face of continued sexism in the art world.

This workshop explores artistic resistance tactics and asks: Can abstract artwork express political protest? How do feminists use art to convey their messages? What issues matter to you today, and how can you communicate them through art?

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About the Artist

Working across multiple mediums, Chicago-based artist Claire Arctander joyfully articulates conflicted feminist notions of desire and desirability. Via an investment in and respectful treatment of abject materials and low-brow media outlets—such as pop music, home decor, porn, handicrafts, edibles, and consumer ephemera—she posits debasement as a viable position from which to critically operate. Arctander earned a BA in art theory and practice and gender studies from Northwestern University and an MFA in studio art from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently works in the Education Department at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and at Weinberg/Newton Gallery. She has taught art classes for UIC and the City Colleges of Chicago. In the past she has been a resident at The Cooper Union, Summer Forum, ACRE, and Ox-Bow. Recent shows include one-person screenings at The Nightingale in Chicago and The Cell in New York.


The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust is the generous sponsor of Teen Creative Agency. Major support is provided by Exelon. Additional support is provided by Lewis S. and Anne Neri Kostiner, and Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago.