From the Ground Up explores relationships between people and their environments, as well as interactions between the natural and the man-made. ICA teen artists express ideas about the ways in which they experience nature, the most unusual places they’ve found nature, and where they’ve seen an absence of nature.

This exhibition was organized by the ICA’s Teen Exhibitions Program, a group of creative teens who work together to plan, organize, and install exhibitions in the ICA Teen Gallery. This gallery is a space for us to imagine new ways of presenting work, and to grow in our own creative practice by collaborating with one another and ICA staff.

The artists included in the gallery are members of other ICA Teen Programs, including AMP: Music Production, Fast Forward, Photo Collective, Special Focus, and Teen Arts Council. Special thanks to all the collaborators who made this happen, including many staff at the ICA. See the bottom of this page for a full list.

From the Ground Up: Nature and the Man-Made will be on view in the Teen Gallery at the ICA's Seaport Studio through May 30, 2024.

WE ARE FREE TO VISIT AND OPEN TUES–THURS, 2–5 PM. The gallery is closed Nov 21-23, 2023.


The ICA welcomes and endeavors to provide a positive, engaging, and inclusive experience for all visitors. Learn more about Accessibility at Seaport Studio. These efforts are ongoing and the ICA welcomes questions and feedback about current accommodations and ongoing initiatives at or 617-478-3100.


ICA Seaport Studio
100 Pier 4 Blvd, Second Floor (Entrance on Seaport Blvd)
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- Adonis T., ICA Teen Artist 

- Amari B., ICA Teen Artist  

- Ana R., ICA Teen Artist 

- Andrew Y., ICA Teen Artist

- Angela T., Principal Designer

- Angelica M., Teen Exhibitions Program Member

- Anja R., ICA Teen Artist

- Anthony S., ICA Teen Artist

- Ayden A., Teen Exhibitions Program Member

- Betsy G., Director of Teen Programs

- Coco Rosenberg, Teen Exhibitions Program Teaching Artist

- Edwin A., Facilities Assistant

- Emmett S., Teen Exhibitions Program Member

- Fiona L., Teen Exhibitions Program Member

- Isabel L., ICA Teen Artist

- Joseph B., Teen Exhibitions Program Member

- Juliana G., ICA Teen Artist

- Kai Vlahos, Art Installer

- Kris W., Director of Creative Content and Digital Engagement

- Laura C., Teen Exhibitions Program Member 

- Layla P., Teen Exhibitions Program Member 

- Leandra B., Teen Exhibitions Program Member 

- Lee R., Teen Exhibitions Program Member 

- Leena A., Teen Exhibitions Program Member 

- Liv Biel, Exhibitions Coordinator

- Luna L., Teen Exhibitions Program Member 

- Mariana A., ICA Teen Artist 

- Miguel E., ICA Teen Artist

- Nate C., Teen Creative Leadership Alumni Assistant

- Nathan A., Teen Exhibitions Program Member

- Nohemi R., Teen Programs Manager

- Olivia N., ICA Teen Artist

- Precious O., ICA Teen Artist

- Rune M., ICA Teen Artist

- Ruth E., Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs

- Sachelle S., ICA Teen Artist

- Sam R., Teen Exhibitions Program Member

- Samantha P., Teen Exhibitions Program Member 

- Shiloh H., ICA Teen Artist

- Sienna A., ICA Teen Artist

- Sol Y., ICA Teen Artist

- Sydney L., Teen Exhibitions Program Member 

- Tim O., Chief Preparator

Free for people of all ages