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Future Curators

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 deadlines to apply for the 2016 Future Curators program and to submit artwork to the 2016 Future Curators Exhibition have passed. The 2016 Future Curators began their seventeen-week program on Thursday, January 7. Learn More about the 2016 Future Curators

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.