New Dimensions

Utilizing the Museum’s extensive and highly esteemed Photography Collection as a resource, the Photography Scholars Program provides high school students with a unique opportunity to engage in the study of photography in an intensive, multiple-session format.

Working in close partnership with the Museum’s photography curators and an outside, professional artist, participants receive a behind-the-scenes look at the collection, discuss original works in the galleries, participate in critiques and make personal connections by creating their own photographic images. 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’s 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 sponsored by their art teachers and a maximum of three students per school will be accepted

Image caption: Andreas Feininger, American (b. France, 1906-1999). The Photojournalist (Dennis Stock, Magnum Photographer), ca. 1955. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.2645.
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