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Isabella Achatz's re-creation of Edgar Degas's Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878–81 (Collection National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Caught on Camera: Art Alive 2019

June 4, 2019

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, 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 winners of the People's Choice Awards include St. Mary's Swormville for their re-creation of Jehan George Vibert's The Marvelous Sauce, ca. 1890; Holland High School for their re-creation of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's A Friend in Need, 1903; and Isabella Achatz for her re-creation of Edgar Degas's Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878–81.

Holland High School's re-creation of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's A Friend in Need, 1903 (Private Collection). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

John F. Kennedy Middle School's re-creation of Thomas Le Clear's Buffalo Newsboy, 1853 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Nichols School's re-creation of Stuart Davis's New York Waterfront, 1938 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Elizabeth Brown's re-creation of Marisol's Tea for Three, 1960 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Malachai Miller's re-creation of Michelangelo's David, 1501–04 (Collection Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

North Tonawanda Intermediate's re-creation of John Miró's Carnaval d'Arlequin (Carnival of Harlequin), 1924–25 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

St. Mary's High School's re-creation of James Ensor's The Intrigue, 1911 (Collection Minneapolis Institute of Art). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Cydele Duquette's re-creation of Frida Kahlo's Self Portrait Dedicated to Dr. Eloesser, 1940 (Private Collection). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

St. Mary's Swormville's re-creation of Jehan George Vibert's The Marvelous Sauce, ca. 1890 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Galvan Kleinmartin's re-creation of Thomas Le Clear's Buffalo Newsboy, 1853 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Autumn Deschamps's re-creation ofEdgar Degas’s Dancers at the Barre, ca. 1900 (The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

North Tonawanda Intermediate's re-creation of August Macke’s Strollers in a Rocky Landscape, 1911 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

North Tonawanda Intermediate's re-creation of Takashi Murakami’s Kawaii–vacances (Summer Vacation in the Kingdom of the Golden), 2017 (Private Collection). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

North Tonawanda Intermediate's re-creation of Horace Pippin’s Self-Portrait, 1941 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Julie Klein's re-creation of Casey Riordan Millard’s Shark Girl with Dead Rainbow, 2008 (Private Collection). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Lafayette International High School's re-creation of Jacob Lawrence’s The migrants, having moved suddenly into a crowded and unhealthy environment, soon contracted tuberculosis. The death rate rose. from the “Migration Series,” 1940–41 (The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

West Valley Central School's re-creation of Banksy’s Zebra Stripes, 2008. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

John F. Kennedy Middle School's re-creation of George Segal’s Cinema, 1963 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

John F. Kennedy Middle School's re-creation of Adolph Gottlieb’s Dialogue I, 1960 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

St. Mary’s Swormville's re-creation of Jackson Pollock’s Convergence, 1952 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

St. Mary’s Swormville's re-creation of Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1938 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

St. Mary’s Swormville's re-creation of Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World, 1948 (Collection The Museum of Modern Art, New York). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Madonna J. Coleman-Petrik's re-creation of Pablo Picasso’s The Red Armchair, December 16, 1931 (Collection The Art Institute of Chicago). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Guests make rainbow flags at Art Alive 2019. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Guests participate in wellness activities presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York at Art Alive 2019. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Shark Girl merch available for sale from Shop AK at Art Alive 2019. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

The judges' picks for Best Tableau from the Albright-Knox’s Collection or AK Public Art include North Tonawanda Intermediate for their re-creation of John Miró's Carnaval d'Arlequin (Carnival of Harlequin), 1924–25; Galvan Kleinmartin for his re-creation of Thomas Le Clear's Buffalo Newsboy, 1853; and Elizabeth Brown for her re-creation of Marisol's Tea for Three, 1960 (complete with tea for free!).

The judges' picks for Best Craftsmanship include Nichols School for their re-creation of Stuart Davis's New York Waterfront, 1938; St. Mary's High School for their re-creation of James Ensor's The Intrigue, 1911; and Cydele Duquette for her re-creation of Frida Kahlo's Self Portrait Dedicated to Dr. Eloesser, 1940.

The judges' picks for Most Creative Entry include John F. Kennedy Middle School for their re-creation of Thomas Le Clear's Buffalo Newsboy, 1853; Holland High School for their re-creation of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's A Friend in Need, 1903; and Malachai Miller for his re-creation of Michelangelo's David, 1501–04.

Thank you to all of this year's participants, sponsors, and volunteers for continuing to make Art Alive such a fun and successful event! 

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