The Kinder Foundation Education Center (KFEC) Gallery presents exhibitions that showcase art created by students who have learned about and been inspired by art on view at the MFAH. The gallery is located in the KFEC, on the lower level of the Museum's Caroline Wiess Law Building.
My Public Self
On view January 18–June 29, 2014
One of the many challenges faced by students as they transition from elementary school to middle school (grades 6–8) is that their sense of self-identity is increasingly defined by what others think of them. How can art help students create strategies for developing a positive self-image as they negotiate this critical turning point in their lives? Chandel Bonner-Hancock, the fine arts magnet coordinator at John Marshall Middle School, used portraits in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as the springboard for intensive dialogue with her students about the roles of body language, clothes, and context to project a public sense of self.
“Each work in My Public Self is a reflection of a current or future goal expressed through tangible ideas such as playing soccer or more conceptual ideas like happiness,” says Bonner-Hancock.