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African Presence: Student Response

African Presence: Student Response is an exhibition of artwork created by Maryland middle school students in response to the Walters’ special exhibition Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe (October 14, 2012–Janaury 21, 2013).

Participating schools include:

• General John Stricker Middle School (Baltimore County)
• Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School (Baltimore City)
• New Era Academy (Baltimore City)
• Old Court Middle School (Baltimore County)
• Wiley H. Bates Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Middle School (Anne Arundel County)

During the spring of 2012, students received a visit from a museum educator who introduced the Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe themes of cultural identity, race and stereotype. Students were then asked to spend time considering the themes and creating works of art in response. Selected works of art from the exhibition were provided to the students as a resource, and they were asked to consider the following questions:

• Who or why is the person represented?
• What role does he/she play in Renaissance society?
• What is he/she thinking?
• What does the future hold for him/her?
• How will he/she influence future generations?

Students were asked to bring the portraits to life and give them a voice. All works are accompanied by images of the work or works that inspired them and explanations as to why the student chose to create that particular work of art and how it relates to the special exhibition. The students created their own artworks, including a mural, diptych, book, mixed-media collages and digital media pieces.

Hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays



Caption: Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School, Renaissance City, 2012, paint on board, Lent by Harlem Part Elementary/Middle School Students ( IL.2012.10.1)

Photo credit: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

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