Shared Spaces is an annual high school art teacher/student show hosted by Nazareth College. It is designed to celebrate the unique apprenticeship process that occurs between teacher and student. Each teacher submits one piece of his/her own work that was created within the last three years and selects one student to present their work side-by-side. To honor the concept of gallery space being equal, the work is displayed without identifying whether a teacher or a student created it.
Over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, one of my seniors, Elyse, spent most of her free periods in my classroom, creating bonus art projects and sharing her concerns about coming of age during such a tumultuous time. I asked if she would be interested in being my Shared Spaces partner, thinking it could be empowering if we both created art honoring individuals we looked up to. I chose to create my piece on Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Elyse created hers on Maya Angelou. We both created our pieces in Adobe Illustrator.