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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 2019 Future Curators view and select artwork for their exhibition. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Guests explore the 2019 AK Teens: Future Curators Exhibition at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

2021 Future Curators Program

The 2021 AK Teens: Future Curators exhibition, The Presence of Absence will be on view simultaneously in two separate venues in Buffalo, New York: the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (1221 Main Street) and the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington Street). You will also be able to view a virtual version of the exhibition starting April 30, 2021. virtual exhibition closing celebration will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 5–6 pm. Learn More about the 2021 Future Curators

Past Programs

Program Sponsors

AK Teens is presented by KeyBank in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation. 

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