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.

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 2018-2019:
More Than One Way Home

Working in collaboration with guest photographer Troy Colby and museum staff, students will take a critical look at how artists approach photographing the family—both the ones we are born into, and the ones we create for ourselves. Through readings, research assignments, and discussion of original works of art, students will explore the topic of family: how photographers have addressed it historically, how it has changed over time, and how it relates to contemporary times.

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 are led by the museum’s curatorial staff and visiting photographer Troy Colby. Sessions meet for eight consecutive Saturdays starting January 19, 2019. Attendance for all class sessions is mandatory.

Application Deadline
Applications must be submitted by midnight, December 2, 2018. Students and teachers will be notified by email of acceptance to the program by December 14, 2018.

Workshop Dates
January 19, 2019
January 26, 2019
February 2, 2019
February 9, 2019
February 16, 2019
February 23, 2019
March 2, 2019
March 9, 2019

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 18, 2019, 6-8pm, in the Aquila Room.

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