On Friday, September 2 between 5pm and 7pm, Computers4Kids (C4K) and Studio Ix will present “@tribute at Studio Ix” featuring C4K youth. Members of the public can view collaborative self-portraits of 17 different C4K youth.  Each youth member posed in front of backgrounds of their own design, featuring colors, symbols, and objects representing aspects of their own identity and how they want to be seen by the world.  Charlottesville-based photographer Eze Amos captured the final images to create large scale canvas portraits.

The @tribute artists participated in C4K’s recent 5-day artist- in-residency summer camp.  New York-based artists Matt and Liz Kleberg co-facilitated the camp and guided the young artists through their creative process. C4K youth members were inspired by a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Kehinde Wiley “A New Republic” Exhibit. Wiley’s art was used as a starting point for examining what personal identity is and ways of representing oneself through creative use of layered symbols. The camp was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

@tribute at Studio Ix is free to the public and will be unveiled as part of Charlottesville’s First Fridays, on September 2, 2016.  Studio Ix and its new mixed use gallery space are located in the Frank Ix Building at 969 Second St SE Charlottesville, VA 22902.  The gallery will be open between 5pm – 7pm.  @tribute will be on display again on Friday September 9 between 5-7:30pm. It will be open while C4K hosts an open house for the public to celebrate the grand opening of The Clubhouse@C4K program in their learning studio next door to Studio Ix.

Computers4Kids (C4K) is a year-round out-of-school time learning studio that empowers low-income middle and high school youth through daily hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) activities.  C4K provides regular one-on-one and group mentoring opportunities to build skills and spark new interests for college and career success.  C4K is a member of The Clubhouse Network, a community of over 100 clubhouses worldwide, headquartered at the Museum of Science, Boston, and started over 20 years ago in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab.

Studio Ix is a co-working space in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. It serves freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers with a flexible shared office environment designed and managed to cultivate a collaborative community. Our vision is to be a home to a growing community of innovators, creative producers, entrepreneurs, and thought-leaders in Charlottesville.  We hope to be a catalyst for the achievement of big dreams and creation of extraordinary work.