Southern Exposure’s One-on-One Mentorship Program pairs youth artists with professional artist mentors. Mentors nurture the youth’s creative ideas by offering support and guidance, helping to set and meet goals, and sharing skills, knowledge, and expertise through this year long program. The highly selective program seeks passionate and curious visual arts students in need of guidance, and pairs them with a professional artist in their field of interest. This program is designed and driven around the student artist’s interests and needs, as youth have studied painting, graphic novel production, photography, sculpture and spatial arts. Through these mediums mentors and mentees work together to share ideas, engage in research, and take their art practice to the next level.
This semester, pairs worked to develop a youth-driven group exhibition exploring the theme of growth, examining what artistic development looks like over a period of time. The ceremony will showcase the work of the youth members and be presented to the SoEx community along with YAB's final project.
Artist Mentors: Cal Cullen, Eliza Gregory, Veronica Graham, Jason Houck and Isaac Vazquez'
Mentees: Maeve, Grace, Ubaldo, Amanda, Christian