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Art Alive: A Walking, Talking Art Contestto be Held at the Gallery on Saturday, June 5, 2010

May 13, 2010

Buffalo, NY – Join the excitement as Western New Yorkers bring famous works of art to life at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s fourteenth annual Art Alive: A Walking, Talking Art Contest, scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 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, Amigone Funeral Home, and Vanner Insurance Agency.

Each year, Art Alive attracts dozens of entrants and thousands of spectators. Participants reproduce famous works of art in the most creative ways, some spending several months building and preparing their entries. The final interpretations are often stunning recreations of people, props, and even music. Contestants range from elementary and high school students to business people, family groups, artists, and Gallery volunteers. Entrants compete for more than $1,000 in cash prizes.

Art Alive contestants create living representations of their favorite works of art from either the Gallery’s Permanent Collection or any other major art collection. The recreations, called tableaux, have in previous years ranged from Henri Matisse’s La Musique and Jackson Pollock’s Convergence to a creative interpretation of a Jennifer Steinkamp video installation and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks.

Throughout the afternoon, celebrity judges, including Congressman Brian Higgins, Anthony Amigone, Sue O’Neil of STAR 102.5, and Colin Dabkowski of The Buffalo News, will award points to the entrants based on degree of difficulty, creativity, interpretation of original piece, quality, and overall impression. Prize categories include Best Tableau from the Gallery’s Permanent Collection; People’s Choice Awards for Kindergarten–Grade 8, Grades 9–12, and Adult; The Handyman Award for Best Craftsmanship; and The Off the Beaten Path Award for Most Unusual Entry. Sue O’Neil of STAR 102.5 will emcee the event and award prizes at 2pm. The rain date is Sunday, June 6, from noon to 2 pm. Art Alive 2010 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.

For those interested in registering for Art Alive 2010, entry forms are available at www.albrightknox.org. For more information, call the Gallery at 716.270.8274.

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