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Students from the Nichols School Free Draw Club re-create Max Beckmann’s Hotel Lobby, 1950 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Caught on Camera: Art Alive 2017

June 7, 2017

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, students, teachers, families, and friends created living representations of works of art from the Albright-Knox's collection and beyond for our annual living art contest, Art Alive.

Thousands of spectators turned out in the beautiful weather to enjoy the tableaux and vote for their favorites in the People's Choice Awards.

The Miner 5 swept all four awards in the Adult/Family/Group category with their detailed re-creation of Albright-Knox visitor favorite Jehan Georges Vibert’s The Marvelous Sauce, ca. 1890

The Miner 5 re-create Jehan Georges Vibert’s The Marvelous Sauce, ca. 1890 (Collection Albright-Knox
Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from Cloverbank Elementary School re-create Martha Visser’t’s Wheels of Chance, 1952 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from Grand Island High School Art Club re-create Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, 1888 (Collection Neue Pinakothek, Munich), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from Holland Elementary School re-create Grant Wood’s Dinner for Threshers, 1934 (Collection Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

A student from Nichols School Free Draw Club re-create Henry Fuseli’s The Nightmare, 1781 (Collection Detroit Institute of Arts), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from Nichols Middle School re-create Lee Krasner’s Milkweed, 1955 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Isabella Achatz re-creates Claude Monet’s The Japanese Footbridge, 1899 (Collection National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Nick Napierla and Brian Muffoletto re-create Jessie and Katey’s Noodle in the Northern Lights, 2016 (Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Public Art Initiative), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from Gowanda High School re-create Charles Burchfield’s The Four Seasons, 1949–60 (Collection Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from Tapestry Charter High School re-create Marisol’s Women and Dog, 1963–64 (Collection Whitney Museum of American Art), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

A student from St. Mary’s High School re-creates Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait de l’artiste sans barbe, 1889 (Private Collection), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

A student from St. Mary’s High School re-creates Hans Namuth’s Pollock at Work, 1950 (Collection University of Arizona), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

A student from St. Mary’s High School re-creates Karen Visbal’s Fearless Girl, 2017 (Collection State Street Global Advisors, New York), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from Gowanda High School re-create Carson Waterman’s Three Sisters, ca. 1980s, and Astronaut Snow Snake, ca. 1990s (both Private Collection), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

A student from Gowanda High School re-creates Pete Jones’s Red Moon, 2012 (Private Collection), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

A student from Gowanda High School re-creates Pete Jones’s Portrait Jar, 2012 (Collection Longyear Museum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Aerin and Nicole Wagner's re-creation of Vincent van Gogh’s La maison de La Crau (The Old Mill), 1888 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from Pioneer High School re-create Francesco Clemente’s Son, 1984 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

John Bono re-creates Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World, 1948 (Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from Charter High School for Applied Technology re-create Shepard Fairey’s Buddy Cianci Billboard, 1990, at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from Kenmore West High School Art Club re-create Sigmund Joseph Menkes’s The Jury, not dated (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan. 

Students from Williamsville South High School re-create Andy Warhol’s Colored Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1965 (Collection Milwaukee Art Museum), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from Sacred Heart Academy re-create Lucas Samaras’s Room No. 2 (popularly known as the Mirrored Room), 1966 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

A student from North Tonawanda High School re-creates Marisol’s Baby Girl, 1963 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Madonna Coleman-Petrik's re-creation of Keith Haring’s Untitled, 1982 (Collection Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Nationalgalerie), at Art Alive 2017. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

In the Grades K–8 category, Cloverbank Elementary School won the Director's Cut Award and the Handyman Award for Best Craftsmanship for their re-creation of Martha Visser’t’s Wheels of Chance, 1952, while Holland Elementary School won the Off-the-Beaten-Path Award for Most Unusual and the People's Choice Award for their re-creation of Grant Wood’s Dinner for Threshers, 1934.

In the Grades 9–12 category, Nichols School Free Draw Club won the Director's Cut Award and tied for the Off-the-Beaten-Path Award for Most Unusual for their re-creation of Max Beckmann’s Hotel Lobby, 1950, while Grand Island High School Art Club won the Handyman Award for Best Craftsmanship and tied for the Off-the-Beaten-Path Award for Most Unusual for their re-creation of Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, 1888. Nichols School Free Draw Club also won the People's Choice Award for their re-creation of Henry Fuseli’s The Nightmare, 1781.

Thank you to all of this year's participants, sponsors, and volunteers for continuing to make Art Alive such a fun and successful event! Save the date for Art Alive 2018 on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

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