Thank you, Dr. Carter, a piece of artwork created by Shorewood High School senior Bryan Terry Jr., has been selected for display at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend as part of an exhibition called The Weight We Carry: A Teen Perspective on Resilience.
The exhibition speaks to the strength to persevere through the various pressures of today’s teens experience. Featuring works in a variety of media, the exhibition encourages visitors to pause, listen, and learn from Wisconsin’s young artists.
Bryan’s piece—made using colored pencils and painter’s tape—is a tribute to the late Dr. Lester Carter, who was a longtime Milwaukee pharmacist and trailblazer, and showed continuous care for generations of Black Milwaukeeans.
“We can only see resilience in teenagers once teenagers start seeing more resilience from the adults around us,” says Bryan. “In addition to the multitude of emotions and challenges that teenagers naturally face, Milwaukee’s black teenage population is living in one of the worst times to be a black teenager in Milwaukee. To guide us through the chaos, we need resilient adults like Dr. Carter, who has shown continuous care for generations of Black Milwaukeeans. Dr. Carter is a hero.”
Bryan attended the exhibition’s opening party on Saturday, May 7, and had the opportunity to speak with a Milwaukee born-and-raised professional artist who is also featured in the exhibition, Khari Turner, about his artistic process.
Pictured: Khari Turner (left) speaking with Bryan and his father at the MOWA.
The exhibition, which runs through July 3, features work from 23 other students across the Milwaukee area, though Bryan is the only Shorewood student represented.
“Bryan is a phenomenal artist,” says SHS art teacher Jessica Mohagen. “In addition, he has a strong work ethic and great time management skills, so I knew he could handle this extra assignment. He is a wonderful representative for Shorewood and makes us very proud.”
Bryan Terry Jr.
Thank you, Dr. Carter
Colored Pencils and Painter’s Tape
To learn more about the MOWA exhibition, visit: https://wisconsinart.org/exhibitions/teen-exhibition-2022/