As You Are explores the unique and evolving expressions of beauty in the human form through art made by ICA teen artists. While the concept of the ideal human form is often warped by societal expectations, the artists presenting here seek to create their own definitions through their personal experiences.

The artists used photography and sculpture to capture different instances of beauty in their lives. While each artist had a specific intention for their piece, the works are unified in finding beauty in the human form. Whether exploring beauty in human interactions or in the artistic forms we create, each piece demonstrates the multifaceted concept that is beauty and how it is anchored in humanity. While taking in the exhibition pieces, consider how and where beauty appears in your life and the ways you define it.

This exhibition was organized by the ICA’s Teen Exhibitions Program, a group of creative teens who work together to plan, organize, and install exhibitions in the ICA Teen Galleries. In this space, we imagine new ways of presenting work, and grow in our own creative practice by collaborating with one another and ICA staff.

The artists included in this exhibition are members of other ICA Teen Programs, including Fast Forward, Photography Collective, and Teen Arts Council. Text written by Angelica M. and Leandra B.

Thank you to our collaborators

Special thanks to all the collaborators who made this happen, including many staff at the ICA:

Alana C., ICA Teen Artist
Alejandro V., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Ana R., ICA Teen Artist
Andrew Y., ICA Teen Artist
Angela T., Principal Designer
Angelica M., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Anja R., ICA Teen Artist
Anthony T., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Aric C., Teen Programs Manager
Ayden A., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Betsy G., Director of Teen Programs
Coco R., Teen Exhibitions Program Teaching Artist
Dani A., Production Manager
Edwin A., Facilities Assistant
Hieu V., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Isabel L., ICA Teen Artist
Joseph B., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Julie S., Production Manager
Kai Vlahos, Art Installer
Kayla V., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Kris W., Director of Creative Content and Digital Engagement
Layla P., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Leandra B., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Leycaira M., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Liv B., Exhibitions Coordinator
Luca P., ICA Teen Artist
Luna L., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Nate C., Teen Creative Leadership Alumni Assistant
Nathan A., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Nicky T., Teen Exhibitions Program Member
Olivia N., ICA Teen Artist
Ruth E., Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs
Sol Y., ICA Teen Artist
Tessa H., Curatorial Assistant
Tim O., Chief Preparator