Photography Scholars Program

The Photography Scholars Program leads high school students through the process of professional artistic practice. Working in close partnership with the museum’s curatorial staff and an outside, professional artist, participants will create a body of work around a central theme in photography. Short weekly reading, research, or photographic assignments will be required. By the end of the program, students will have developed a portfolio of images and created a professional artist statement. The program culminates with a student exhibition and opening reception for parents, friends, and teachers presented in the Ford Learning Center galleries.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Photography Scholars Program is a partnership between schools in the Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri area and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The application process is competitive: students must be nominated by a teacher, and a maximum of two students per school will be accepted. Students must also provide their own camera, but participation in and all other materials for the program are FREE to selected students.

Application Period
The application period opens in early October and runs through early December for program workshops that begin in late January of the following year. Please refer to individual program descriptions for exact dates and deadlines.


 

Photography Scholars 2019-2020:
A Thousand Words

Photography has been used as a call for political and social change since its invention. Through readings, research assignments, and discussion of original works of art, students will explore the tradition of the artist-activist through the history of photography. Working in collaboration with guest photographer William Toney and museum staff, students will take a critical look at how photographers utilize their camera as a tool for activism and how images have influenced some of the most complex issues of our time.

After engaging in gallery and classroom activities, students will create their own photographic portfolio, drawing on themes and ideas discussed in class, and craft an artist statement—an exercise that encourages students to articulate the thoughts behind their work.

Class sessions meet for eight consecutive Saturdays starting January 11, 2020 and an additional photo lab session on March 28, 2020. Attendance for all sessions is mandatory.

Application Deadline
Applications must be submitted by midnight, December 8, 2019. Students and teachers will be notified by email of acceptance to the program by December 15, 2019.

Workshop Dates
January 11, 2020
January 18, 2020
January 25, 2020
February 1, 2020
February 8, 2020
February 15, 2020
February 22, 2020
February 29, 2020
March 28, 2020

Each class meets from 10am to 1pm.

Student work will be exhibited in the Ford Learning Center galleries.

An opening reception will be held on April 16, 2020, 6-8pm, in the Aquila Room.


Teacher Nomination
To nominate a student for consideration, please complete and submit this form. Teachers may nominate up to 3 students.

Applications must be submitted by midnight, December 8, 2019.

Students and teachers will be notified by email of acceptance to the program by December 15, 2019.

Student Application
Students: You have been nominated for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Photography Scholars Program. Space is limited to a maximum of 15 students and this nomination does not guarantee your acceptance to the program. To complete your application, you must follow the instructions below.

Applications must be submitted by midnight, December 8, 2019.

Students and teachers will be notified by email of acceptance to the program by December 15, 2019.

The application requires submission of 5 examples of your photographic work. Please have images (in JPEG format) ready to upload before you begin the application process.

The application also requires a response to the essay question “As an artist, how have you been influenced by the work of other artists?” Answers should be no more than 500 words. You may cut and paste into this field.