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Art Alive 2011 Promises a Visual Spectacle on June 4; Thousands Expected to Experience Living Works of Art on the Gallery’s Grounds

May 26, 2011

Buffalo, NY – Thousands are expected to join in the excitement as famous works of art come to life during the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s fourteenth annual Art Alive: A Walking, Talking Art Contest, scheduled for Saturday, June 4, from noon to 2 pm. The exhibition of living art will be held on the Gallery Grounds across from Delaware Park. The event is free and open to the public, and will include music and activities for families. Art Alive is made possible through the generous support of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the Art’scool program at the Gallery.

Each year, Art Alive attracts dozens of entrants and thousands of spectators. Participants, largely from area schools participating in the Art’scool program, reproduce famous works of art in the most creative ways; some spend several months building and preparing their entries. The stunning interpretations involve people, props, and even music. Most contestants are from area elementary and high schools, but adults, families, and artists are also encouraged to enter. Entrants compete for more than $1,000 in cash prizes.  

This year, Susanna Schenk and her students from Buffalo Public School #64 will recreate Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #1268: Scribbles: Staircase (AKAG), conceived 2006/executed 2010, a unique, large-scale work from the Gallery’s Collection that was installed last October. Schenk and her students were inspired by the drawing on a visit to the Gallery through the Art’scool program. Art’scool, developed in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, is designed to develop critical and creative thinking skills in students through the practice of detailed looking and discussion of artwork. The program began in 2007 and provides free or subsidized busing of students to the Gallery, free admission to the museum, and curriculum-focused museum experiences that are supported by lesson plans, curriculum development assistance, and recurring workshops for teachers. More than 55,000 children have been served by the program since it began. Art Alive celebrates the end of another successful Art’scool year. 

Throughout the afternoon, celebrity judges, including Congressman Brian Higgins, Anthony Amigone, Jr., artist Peter Stephens, and Buffalo Sabres Alumni Andrew Peters, will award points to the entrants based on degree of difficulty, creativity, interpretation of original work, quality, and overall impression. Prize categories include Best Tableau from the Gallery’s Collection; People’s Choice Awards for Grades K–8, Grades 9–12, and Adults; The Handyman Award for Best Craftsmanship; and the Off the Beaten Path Award for Most Unusual Entry. The rain date is Sunday, June 5, from noon to 2 pm. Art Alive 2011 is organized by the Junior Group and Members’ Council, volunteer groups of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Tracy Heneghan and Jenny Sinatra are the event’s chairs.

New members of the Gallery are invited to enjoy healthy snacks at the event, provided by Wegmans.

For more information, please visit www.albrightknox.org or call the Gallery at 716.270.8274.

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