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Teen Programs

Passionate about art? Explore how art history, art making, and museum studies relate to the world today in one of the many teen programs at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Look closely at artwork, create public works of art, interact with practicing artists, and experience the Museum behind the scenes, with other high schoolers from across the Milwaukee area.

Take a peek at our Teen Programs in action below!


Spring 2020 Virtual Teen Night

Projects from the Museum’s Spring 2020 Satellite Teen Program, including an exhibition, virtual tours, art activities, films, and music made during the internship

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Scholastic Art Awards—Wisconsin Exhibition

Grades 7–12

The Milwaukee Art Museum has hosted the Scholastic Art Awards—Wisconsin Exhibition since 1976. The Scholastic Art Awards offers early recognition of creative teenagers by local and national professionals in the arts and exhibition opportunities for regional and national audiences; and scholarships for graduating seniors who present portfolios of art. See selections from previous Scholastic Art Awards—Wisconsin exhibitions.

Who Participates?

Young artists residing in Wisconsin who: are currently enrolled in grades 7–12 during the current school year; attend a public, private, parochial or home-school; have begun their own creative journey and want to grow as creative individuals; want to make connections to their peers and creative organizations; want to develop mastery and explore more opportunities to showcase their work; and believe there is no limit to where their creative journey can take them!

How can I submit to the Scholastic Art Awards—Wisconsin Exhibition?

The process begins with students submitting creative works of art to the Wisconsin Regional Affiliate program through an art teacher or other primary teacher if their school does not have an art teacher. Supported by their teachers and other community mentors, students create and submit their best works in any of the following sixteen visual arts categories:

Architecture, Ceramics & Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Games, and Senior Portfolios

Requests for entry materials to the Scholastic Art Awards – Wisconsin Exhibition may be made starting in late September. Art work submissions are due in late December, so request entry materials before December to complete your submission by the deadline.

Need more information?

Visit the Scholastic Art Awards—Wisconsin website for more information and entry forms.

Scholastic Art Awards 2020 »


Satellite Teen Internship

Because the health and safety of the Milwaukee community is our highest priority, the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 sessions of Satellite Teen Internships are temporarily on hiatus.


ArtXpress Teen Internship—Summer 2021

Check back for updates!


Partnership for the Arts & Humanities, MPS City of MKE Arts Board Wisconsin Arts Board
Teen Night at MAM

Milwaukee Art Museum Teen Programs are supported by the Milwaukee Public Schools Partnership for the Arts & Humanities, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund, the Milwaukee Arts Board, the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Department Arts Internship Program, the Helen Bader Foundation, Northwestern Mutual, and SC Johnson.


Satellite High School Program Hall of Fame

Jenine Cotrice Addison

New York-based Fashion Designer
‘91

Candace Barg

Graphic Designer in Milwaukee
‘89

Miguel Betancourt

Equadoran Painter & Representative to the Venice Biennale, 1993
‘77

Lindy Bostrom

Owns graphic design firm in San Diego; www.bostromgraphics.com
‘82

Jason Braun

Illustrator in San Antonio, Texas; www.jasonbraun.com
‘91

Charity Cain-Kelly

Owns real estate business in southwest Florida
‘94

Bevin Christie

Works in communications and marketing for Alverno College
‘92

Maggie Conners

Art Director, McMurry Publishing
‘93

Emily Conradson

Yoga Instructor & Artist in New York City
‘00

Amber Cordova

Designer for Reliable of Milwaukee, Textile Designer
‘98

Nova Czarnecki

Painter & Owner of 908Design, a graphic and web design company based in Milwaukee, WI; www.novaczarnecki.com
‘77

Zoe Darling

Artist & Instructor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
‘94

Elizabeth Gartner

Paper store Manager in San Francisco, CA
‘98

Gretchen Gruenewald

Runs art programs for at-risk youth at a Boys & Girls’ Club in Milwaukee, WI
‘88

Jennifer Haase

Currently working on 4th creative career after seven years as a Graphic Designer in Milwaukee, WI
‘93

MiNei Hetzel

‘03

Kevin Hoth

Currently teaching photography at the Art Institute of Charleston in South Carolina, freelancer working in graphic design, photograph and digital media
‘90

Frank Juarez

Art Educator in Sheboygan, WI and Founder of Sheboygan Visual Artists; sheboyganvisualartists.org
‘93

Gina Jorgenson

MPS Art Teacher
‘83

Liz Humphrey

Artist & non-profit Consultant in Milwaukee
‘90

Jacqueline Jrolf

Artist & Museum Art Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
‘79

Melissa Miller (Muller)

Graphic designer in Milwaukee, WI
‘88

Katie Mussolf

Full-time, self-employed Painter in Milwaukee, WI
‘99

Katie Mrotek

Hairstylist & grocery/retail Merchandiser in Milwaukee, WI
‘98

Jennifer Nocon

Visual artist based in Los Angeles, CA

Joshua Rosenblatt

Chief Preparator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
‘82

Marc Palmer

Founder of Style Publications, a fashion, lifestyle and tourism magazine
‘80

Laura Paulini

Artist and Senior Production Coordinator for University of California Press in Albany, CA
‘85

Jacob A. Pfeiffer

Professional realist oil painter showing in the Southwest and West and currently living in San Francisco, CA
‘90

Charly “Carlos” Palmer

Graphic Designer & Artist in Atlanta, GA; created Olympic posters for the ’96 and ’98 games; www.charlypalmer.com
‘77

Stephen Somers

Exhibiting Artist & Graphic Designer at Holzhauer Graphics in Milwaukee, WI
‘91

Jon E. Sorenson

Director of Development for the College of Letters and Science at UW Madison
‘81

Natalie Spehert

Hairstylist in Milwaukee, WI
‘99

Lindsay K. Sterling

Literary fiction Writer, Copywriter, Chef, and food Writer in Freeport, ME
‘92

Andy Swanson

Counselor for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in Milwaukee, WI
‘00

Nicole Thomas

Freelance Production Artist & decorative Painter in Milwaukee, WI
‘92

Zach Veith

Landscape Design Intern in Madison, WI
‘03

Heather Winter

Librarian/Archivist at Milwaukee Art Museum & jewelry Designer
‘89