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Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color Resident Artist Murals by Fotini Galanes, Julia Bottoms, Rachel Shelton, Tricia Butski, Max Collins, and Phyllis Thompson. Photo: Brenda Bieger for Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Location: 714 Northland Avenue (Get Directions)

Local artists Julia Bottoms, Tricia Butski, Max Collins, Fotini Galanes, Rachel Shelton, and Phyllis Thompson created these murals as participants in a residency program hosted by the Albright-Knox. As part of the exhibition Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color (June 26–September 12, 2021) at Albright-Knox Northland, visitors could watch the creative process unfold and engage in dialogue with the artists directly. The murals here represent the final stage in the transformation of artwork from studio production to public display. 

One of the goals of the residency was to expand opportunities for artists in the public arena, but with the finished murals we also wish to introduce Polytab to a broad regional audience. Polytab, the substrate utilized by each artist during the residency program, is a nonwoven material that is easily transported and can be worked on in small pieces, so murals can be prepared in studios, classrooms, or other available spaces. The material is mobile, scalable, lightweight, and forms easily to surfaces—like the brick wall to which the murals are fixed here. We hope that the versatility of this material might inspire more educators and artists to produce their own public works. 

Fotini Galanes's An End A Beginning, 2021, at 714 Northland Avenue. Photo: Brenda Bieger for Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Julia Bottoms's Heirloom, 2021, at 714 Northland Avenue. Photo: Brenda Bieger for Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Rachel Shelton's Adaptive Cycle, 2021, at 714 Northland Avenue. Photo: Brenda Bieger for Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Tricia Butski's Equally Distant, 2021, at 714 Northland Avenue. Photo: Brenda Bieger for Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Max Collins's Humboldt Parkway: Now & Then, 2021, at 714 Northland Avenue. Photo: Brenda Bieger for Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Phyllis Thompson's Nurturer, 2021, at 714 Northland Avenue. Photo: Brenda Bieger for Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Exhibition Sponsors

Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color is made possible through the generosity of Wegmans, Helen and Andy Cappuccino, and Mrs. Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

Additional support is provided by Mr. Robert M. Carey.

Programming for Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color is funded by our Lead Creativity Sponsor, Hyatt’s All Things Creative.

Additional funding for programming is provided by an anonymous donor.

The Albright-Knox’s exhibition program is generously supported by The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc.

Albright-Knox Northland Sponsor

Albright-Knox Northland is supported by M&T Bank.

Resident Artist Murals Sponsor

Additional support provided by our Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color Resident Artist Murals sponsor, BankOnBuffalo.

Initiative Sponsors

The Public Art Initiative was established and is supported by leadership funding from the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.

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