Exhibitions - Instar: In Bloom

Instar: In Bloom

06.01.24 – 06.16.24

Queens Teens Institute for Art and Social Justice Exhibition

Group of brown teenagers pose for a photo before a silver backdrop.

Kuo-Heng Huang.

The Queens Teens Institute for Art and Social Justice (QTI) nurtures thoughtful, independent Queens-based young artists and the next generation of leaders in the field of arts and culture.


For Instar: In Bloom, the 2023-2024 QTI Leadership Cohort reflects on the emergence of social movements, the ways in which they adapt and evolve, and the relationship of the intrapersonal to collective change. Instar refers to the state between two successive molts or shedding processes.This occurs in a caterpillar, for example, as it metamorphoses into a chrysalis and later a butterfly. Every step towards its final destination is unique and never the same as the last. Working across painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and performance, these young artists consider their own instars and evolution into adulthood; the people, events, resources, and feelings that propel change; and what it means to come into being and bloom.


Participating in the the exhibition are all the members of the QTI 2023-2024 Leadership Cohort:


Albee Ku, Aleksandra Abidueva, Andreana Wu, Aria Hokedsi, Ashley Santos, Claire Gozalez, Damaris Uzhca, Elliott Flores-Alvarado, Enn Roque, Genesis Regis, Hailey Jean Cortazar, Isabella Prada, Joselyn Campana, Juliet Jarbi, Lizbeth Bermeo, Mariuxi Tuquinagui, Michelle Aca, Rohima Neha, Sandy Rivera, Sarah Thoral, Shamira Guam, Vanessa Calle, Ying Chen, Yuki Lu, Yumi Lu.


Instar: In Bloom is organized by Itzel Basualdo, Youth & Family Programs Manager with support from Erica-Ashley Gittens, Education & Public Programs Coordinator. Special thanks to the Queens Museum Exhibitions and Programs department.


The Queens Teens Institute for Art & Social Justice is made possible with support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, The M&T Charitable Foundation, Marshall, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, and RBC Foundation USA.


The Queens Museum is housed in the New York City Building, which is owned by the City of New York.

The Museum is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Mayor Eric Adams, the Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne E. Adams.

Major funding is generously provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, Hearst Foundations, Jerome Foundation, Lambent Foundation, MacMillan Family Foundation, Mellon Foundation, E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, New York Community Trust, Richmond County Savings Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.