Established in 2005, Teen Stylin’ offers valuable assistance and guidance to students with a passion for clothing design, studio arts, installation art, and sculpture. Over the course of a semester, more than 80 Virginia student designers in grades 6 through 12 will construct one-of-a-kind wearable works of art inspired by the annual special exhibition theme and works of art in the VMFA permanent collection. These creations will be featured during the Stylin’ runway exhibition on May 6, 2016, as the VMFA First Friday Sculpture Garden event (rain alternate: May 13).
Stylin’ instructors along with Hack.RVA members will support students in constructing garments that support movement, mechanisms, electrical lighting, and more. Students may look forward to applying for one of the two offerings: Stylin’ Independent Study (available to statewide students or students who have previously participated in the Stylin’ program; unlimited enrollment) and Stylin’ Campus Series (on-site programming open to all Virginia students in grades 6 through 12; enrollment limited to 40 participants).
Hack.RVA, first and foremost, provides a community where people can come together in order to learn, make, gain new skills and hack to their hearts’ content. We pride ourselves in educating and reaching into our community in order to engage others, improve ourselves and encourge community growth.
Shellie Lunquist is currently an electrical engineering senior at VCU. Before deciding to get her degree in engineering, she was an electrical maintenance technician, and for the last 17 months has worked as an electrical engineer in the industrial world. She leads the women’s division of Hack.RVA and has spent much time focusing on encouraging STEM and STEAM learning throughout the Richmond area.
Mo Regulinski, wearable-art artist, instructor, and costume designer, began her tenure with Teen Stylin’ in 2005, right at the launch of the program. She has acted as the lead instructor ever since, working with over 600 student designers and models to promote critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and amazing designs. Mo studied at University of Southern California where she received her MFA in theatrical design.
Jessica Bauserman, VMFA Teen Stylin’ Program Coordinator since 2008, began her involvement with Teen Stylin’ during a service learning project in 2005 while studying art education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught secondary students for ten years through extracurricular programs concentrating on leadership, creative problem solving, studio arts, and art history. Jessica graduated from VCU in 2003 with a BFA in sculpture.