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Future Curators

AK Teens: Future Curators is an annual program designed to expose high school students to the museum field. Juniors and seniors in high school may apply for the opportunity to participate in the program as curators; students in grades 9 to 12 can enter artworks to be considered for inclusion in the Future Curators' annual exhibition.

The after-school portion of the AK Teens: Future Curators program is for students in grades 11 and 12. Throughout the course of the program, students learn about the different components of creating an exhibition, meet with various Albright-Knox staff members, and organize an exhibition of artwork by local high school students.

Students are involved all aspects of the exhibition, including selecting the artwork; designing the exhibition’s layout; and writing the wall text, in-gallery labels, and press release.

The 2015 Future Curators view and select artwork for their exhibition

The 2015 Future Curators select artwork for their exhibition. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

The 2016 Future Curators Exhibition Opening in the Clifton Hall Link

The 2016 Future Curators Exhibition Opening in the Clifton Hall Link. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

2020 Future Curators

Apply for the Program

The 2020 Future Curators program will take place on Wednesday evenings, from 4 to 6 pm, January 8 through May 13, 2020. Students in grades 11 and 12 interested in applying for the program should fill out the AK Teens: Future Curators Application and submit all required materials by Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Submit Artwork

Students in grades 9 to 12 interested in submitting their artwork to be considered for the 2020 Future Curators Exhibition should follow directions listed on the AK Teens: Future Curators Call for Artwork. You must be a current high school student to submit artwork. Work does not necessarily have to be from the current school year but must have been created during the student’s high school years. Each student may submit up to three pieces. Work in all mediums will be considered; however, this year’s exhibition space allows for a greater focus on two-dimensional work. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 31, 2020.

For more information about the Future Curators program, please contact Samantha Serrano at or

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Program Sponsors

AK Teens is presented by KeyBank. 

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