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

Conceived of in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and in an effort to help build community spirit by highlighting the broad range of artistic talent in Western New York, the Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative began working with sixteen local artists on a collaborative mural project.

Using materials provided by the Albright-Knox, each artist painted independently on a section of primed Polytab or “parachute cloth.” Now that these works have been completed, the sections 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.

Obsidian Bellis's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Julia Bottoms's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Tricia Butski's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Fontini Galanes's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Jay P Hawkins, Sr.'s panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Ashley Johnson's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Jon Mirro's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

MJ Myers's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Sarah Myers's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Karle Norman's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Omniprism's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Chris Piontkowski's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Jennifer Ryan's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Jason Seeley's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Rachel Shelton's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Adam Weekley's panel for Works, from Home, 2020. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Participating artists included: 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, and Adam Weekley. The resulting group of sixteen represents the work of eight women, four artists identifying as Black, and two artists identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Each artist worked on a 2.5' wide by 3' tall composition resulting in a compilation of individual windows into each artist's mindset; a mosaic of material and subject matter ranging from abstraction to text-based, from figurative to fantastical.

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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