The Winnebago Workshop, a free art school on wheels created by the photographer Alec Soth, will be traveling cross-country this summer. The two-week road trip will start on July 10th in Minnesota and conclude with a pop-up exhibition of student work on July 21 in Brooklyn, New York. The exact location of the exhibition will be announced on winnebagoworkshop.com closer to the date.
Inspired by the transformative role of his high school art teacher, Alec Soth created the Winnebago Workshop in order to share his creative process with young artists. “You can’t really teach the kind of work I do in a classroom,” says Soth, “it’s all about being out in the world, looking around, and exploring.”
Past workshops have led the participants into stranger’s basements, meditating in the Golden Dome of Pure Knowledge in Iowa, interviewing Bob Dylan’s neighbor and creating pop-up exhibitions in parking lots and county fairs. “I don’t have a clue about what we’ll be doing the next time,” said 17-year-old Zophia Dadlez, “but I know it will grow with us and push us at the same time. The Winnebago Workshop is constantly evolving, just like we are.”
Essential to this evolution is the role of visiting artists. During this forthcoming road trip, the teens will be accompanied by writer Veronica Kavass and will visit creative talents like the author John Green, photographer Doug Dubois and illustrator Tamara Shopsin. When they arrive in New York City, the Workshop will collaborate with the education department of the Museum of Modern Art and present a pop-up exhibition of their work in Brooklyn.
For more information, please visit winnebagoworkshop.com.