COLUMBIA — On a white wall of bright art, Aubrey Chisholm pointed out an all-black painting.

A distorted body was strewn on the floor of a dark room underneath a single light. The lifeless figure had dark holes for eyes and stood out amid paintings of anatomically correct hearts with white backgrounds. 

The 17-year-old Chisholm, a high school senior from Moberly, described that piece as the portrayal of a nightmare she had about her sister dying. Her works of art are inspired by her sleeping mind.

"What I see in my dreams, I create," Chisholm said.

Chisholm was one of 15 students in Resident Arts' after-school Teen Artist Residency who displayed their work Tuesday night at the Resident Arts Gallery in the North Village Arts District.

Resident Arts is a nonprofit dedicated to helping artists foster their talents. The teenage participants meet artists, learn expression through art and make their own creations.

Whenever Callie Patton wants to paint with watercolors, she looks to the sky for inspiration. Patton's purple and turquoise hair matched the light-blue and violet watercolor she brought to the exhibition, which closed out the artists' 12-week session.

"Every time I see that the sky looks cool, I take pictures as a reference, and then whenever I want to do a watercolor, I go through my pictures," said Patton, a 17-year-old high school senior from Moberly.

This session, Resident Arts had the chance to do regional outreach and work with students from outside of Columbia.

The 15-student session had a jump in enrollment from the program's first iteration, which included only three teenagers, and the second edition, which included 10 young artists. The program strengthens art in mid-Missouri by breaking away from the classroom mold and encouraging creativity, founder and director Madeleine LeMieux said.

"It is a one-of-a-kind experience," she said.

Supervising editor is William Schmitt.

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