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Participants line the Delaware Stairs during judging for Art Alive 2014. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Throwback Thursday: Art Alive Living Art Contests

May 4, 2017

For the past 20 years, the Albright-Knox has held an annual contest called Art Alive, during which participants create living representations of famous works of art for great prizes.

Most participants are students and student groups, though we also welcome community groups, organizations, families, and individuals. Participants build their stunning replicas—often called tableaux—using people, props, and their creativity.

Here is a look back at some memorable moments from the past several contests. 

Guests check out Queen of Heaven Art Club's re-creation of Franz Marc’s The Wolves (Balkan War), 1913 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2016. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Artist Amanda Browder (right) with Aerin and Nicole Wagner's re-creation of Browder’s Rapunzel, 2006 (Private Collection), at Art Alive 2016. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Guests view Gowanda High School’s re-creation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Eight Caryatid Figures, 1906–07 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), in front of the actual works at Art Alive 2015. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Students from North Collins Junior/Senior High School take a break from re-creating Winslow Homer’s Croquet Players, 1865 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), to vote in the People's Choice Awards at Art Alive 2014. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

A guest takes a photo of Stanley G. Falk School's re-creation of Fred W. McDarrah’s George Segal with Cinema, New York 1/3, 1964, 1964 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2014. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

A guest tests out Catholic Academy of West Buffalo's re-creation of Jim Lambie’s Zobop (Stairs), 2003 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery), at Art Alive 2013. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

This year marks the 21st installment of Art Alive. The deadline to register your tableau is Thursday, May 18, and the contest will be held on Saturday, June 3, from noon to 2 pm, on the museum's grounds facing Hoyt Lake. 

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