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AK Teens: Future Curators Program

The 2015 Future Curators practice writing extended wall labels using the AK’s Collection. In the background is Robert Rauschenberg’s Ace, 1962 (left), and Ed Ruscha’s Electric, 1963 (right). Photograph by Steve Boyd.

AK Teens: Future Curators is a program designed to expose high school students to the museum field. Juniors and seniors in high school may apply for the opportunity to participate in the program as curators; students in grades 9–12 can enter their artwork to be considered for the Future Curators’ exhibition.

The after-school portion of the AK Teens: Future Curators program is for students in grades 11 and 12. Throughout the course of the program, students will learn the different components of creating an exhibition, meet with various Albright-Knox staff members, and organize an exhibition of artwork by local high school students.

Students are involved with multiple components of their exhibition, including selecting the artwork; designing the exhibition’s layout; and writing the wall text, in-gallery labels, and a press release.

2016 Program

The 2016 Future Curators began their seventeen-week program on Thursday, January 7. Learn More about the 2016 Future Curators

2016 Call for Work

Students in grades 9–12 interested in submitting their artwork to be considered for the program’s exhibition should follow directions listed on the AK Teens: Future Curators Call for Work. You must be a current high school student to submit artwork. Work does not necessarily have to be from the current school year, but must have been created during the student’s high school years. Each student may submit up to three pieces. Work from all media will be considered; however, this year’s exhibition space allows for a greater focus on two-dimensional work. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

For more information about the AK Teens: Future Curators program, please contact Elizabeth Bryson at 716.270.8201, or

AK Teens is presented by the First Niagara Foundation.