Teen Museum Studies

Teen Museum Studies is a summer intensive internship that engages high school students in direct exposure to museum careers, develops collaboration and critical thinking skills, and offers the chance to select and work with a St. Louis-based artist to organize an exhibition that premieres at CAM in September. This immersive program provides avenues for artistic engagement beyond studio practice and hands-on experience working with artists, museum staff, and creative peers. The 2023 program runs from June 21–July 28 and is held on-site.

TMS Student Application

The call for participants for Teen Museum Studies 2023 has officially closed. Please check back in Spring 2024 for the next application cycle.

<em>Margaret Keller: Botanica absentia</em>, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 6–December 29, 2019. Photo: Dusty Kessler.

Artist Proposals

An essential part of Teen Museum Studies is the involvement of local artists. We seek proposals for an exhibition in CAM’s Education Galleries, which will be organized by Teen Museum Studies students each summer. The artist selected receives a $1,000 stipend, and their exhibition is part of CAM’s season opening in the fall. Note: Artists selected for Teen Museum Studies are still eligible for the Great Rivers Biennial.

The call for artists for Teen Museum Studies 2023 has officially closed. Please check back in Spring 2024 for the next application cycle.

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  • This program is for high school students in the St. Louis metro area.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Learning & Engagement team. Preference will be given to a balanced Teen Museum Studies cohort based on: equal representation of repeat participants and new a combination of those looking to gain art knowledge and those with some acquired background; and diversity of ages, gender, and racial identities.
  • The 2023 cohort will be capped at 12.
  • Public transportation reimbursement is available for travel to and from the museum.
  • Selected students are expected to attend all sessions (see schedule below).
  • Students who successfully complete the entire program will receive a $400 stipend.
  • Questions can be directed to Brandon Barr, Teen and Adult Program Manager: bbarr@camstl.org.


  • The 2023 Teen Museum Studies program runs from June 21–July 28.
  • Sessions are held on-site in the CAM Learning & Engagement Studio on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2–4 pm, unless otherwise noted.