If you’ve been to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art lately, you’ve likely observed photography from world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz.


Now, teens have the opportunity to join a program that will give them the once-in-a-lifetime experience of learning about photography from Leibovitz herself at the opening of her exhibition: Annie Leibovitz at Work. The teens will be mentored by several experts in the industry and be able to create a masterpiece of their own to be displayed in the Studio at Crystal Bridges.


All experience levels are welcome, and no special equipment is required. Whether you’re just starting to find an interest in photography or ready to start preparing an art portfolio, you’re welcome to register for the program – as long as you’re between the ages of 13 and 19.


The mentorship program promises to be an unforgettable experience and an opportunity to learn how to truly capture the character of a person in an authentic and unique way. The teens who participate will learn everything from practical photo-taking techniques to how to exhibit their own work. As previously stated, their final portrait will be displayed in the Studio, but it will also be showcased online and in print.


If interested, here are some important dates to remember:

  • Sept. 15: Registration deadline
  • Sept. 16: Kick-off event with Annie Leibovitz
  • Sept. 30: First meeting with mentor
  • Oct. 14: Touch base with mentor
  • Nov. 3: Photograph and artist statement submission deadline
  • Nov. 18-26: Showcase in the Studio
  • Jan. 28: Final exhibit reception


The required registration for the mentorship program is free. Click here if you’d like to register.


Note: Attendance is required at the kick-off event from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 for those who have registered.


More on Annie Leibovitz at Work:

The exhibit, which will be on display at Crystal Bridges from Sept. 16, 2023 – Jan. 29, 2024, centers around a new group of photographs highlighting current events and exceptional figures in today’s world. Anchored by these new works currently in production, the exhibition also features a complementary selection of Leibovitz’s works from the past decade. Displayed across both printed and digital mediums, this exhibit offers a dynamic peek into the artist’s contemporary practice and focus. Whether highlighting household names or local heroes, these works link together Leibovitz’s discerning vision and desire to celebrate the extraordinary now.


Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz
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