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In an effort to help build community spirit and highlight the broad range of artistic talent in Western New York during these challenging times, the Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative is working with sixteen local artists on a collaborative mural project.

Using materials provided by the Albright-Knox, each artist will paint independently on a section of Polytab or “parachute cloth.” When we can all safely come together, these will be patched together like a quilt, a method used previously with Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez’s and Betsy Casañas’s Public Art Initiative murals. The resulting installation will represent an even greater sense of community than the individual experiences and creative expressions captured in its constitutive parts.

In-progress detail from Works, from Home participating artist Ashley Johnson. Image courtesy of the artist.

In-progress image from Works, from Home participating artist Jon Mirro. Image courtesy of the artist.

Works, from Home participating artist MJ Myers. Image courtesy of the artist.

In-progress detail from Works, from Home participating artist Sarah Myers. Image courtesy of the artist.

In-progress detail from Works, from Home participating artist Jennifer Ryan. Image courtesy of the artist.

In-progress detail from Works, from Home participating artist Rachel Shelton. Image courtesy of the artist.

In-progress detail from Works, from Home participating artist Adam Weekley. Image courtesy of the artist.

Often, the artist’s studio is a mysterious place. One of the many joys of producing works in public spaces, especially murals, is that everyone can follow along as the project progresses and even share their thoughts directly with the artist. Reimagining this special sense of connection for a time of social distancing, we’ll be sharing regular updates and creative reflections from participating artists, so be sure to follow the Albright-Knox on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and the hashtags #AKPublicArt and #WorksFromHome for the latest.  

Participating Artists

Obsidian Bellis
Julia Bottoms
Tricia Butski
Fotini Galanes
Jay P Hawkins, Sr.
Ashley Johnson
Jon Mirro
MJ Myers
Sarah Myers
Karle Norman
Omniprism
Chris Piontkowski
Jennifer Ryan
Jason Seeley
Rachel Shelton
Adam Weekley

Project Sponsors

This project was made possible by the generosity of The Phyllis L. Goldman Memorial Endowment Fund.

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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