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Meet the 2012 Future Curators!

March 9, 2012

The 2012 Future Curators (from left): Amanda Tobin, Maria Melchiorre, Dora Ranilovic, Courtney Lowinger, Allison Schmitz, Andrew Fretz, Evan Hayes, Mary Rindfuss, Calder Wright, Mitchell Riter, Christina Chilberg, Cassondra Stolzenburg, Bella Buscarino, and Program Coordinator Lindsay Kranz. In the background is Robert Rauschenberg’s Ace, 1962 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1963; Art © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY).

We asked this year’s Future Curators to tell us a little bit about themselves and why they wanted to participate in the program. Here’s what they said:

Bella Buscarino: I’m proud to be on this year’s Future Curators team! This program has given me the privilege to see the in-depth mechanics of the art museum firsthand from the Albright-Knox staff members themselves.

Christina Chilberg: I am a junior at Lewiston-Porter High School. This program has been an amazing experience so far. It is giving me the experience in an art gallery that will give me an advantage in the future.

Andrew Fretz: I am a senior at Williamsville North High School. I believe that contemporary art is a window into the world around us. I am a photographer and I hold a special love for the art of painting with light and chemicals.

Evan Hayes: I chose to become a Future Curator so I can open my eyes to the many possible jobs that are involved with art. I have learned so much from the program and now I am sure never to quit taking art.

Courtney Lowinger: I am a senior at Kenmore East High School. I have always been a big appreciator of the arts, enjoy creating my own art, and hope to minor in art history in college. Through this program I am able to talk to different staff members from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and get to see firsthand how a gallery operates and the work that is put into creating a show or exhibit. All of which I think will benefit me in the future career of my own.

Maria Melchiorre: I love art so that’s why I’m here. I like nature and music, and both greatly influence the art I create and observe. No matter what I do or where I go in life, I’ll always love art.

Dora Ranilovic: I have always been interested in art and I love visiting different museums and exhibitions. Participating in the Future Curators program allows me to pursue and explore my interests even more, and learn about everything that goes into creating an exhibition and working in a gallery.

Mary Rindfuss: I love learning about art and art history. I would really love to work in a museum after college. This program is an amazing experience, meeting everyone who contributes to the museum and developing our own exhibition.

Mitchell Riter: I’m a senior at Nichols School, and soon to be a freshman at RIT majoring in advertising photography. I’ve loved art all my life, and my favorite artists range from people such as Chase Jarvis and Luke Copping to Shepard Fairey and Conor Harrington. When I’m not making art, I’m riding my bike, longboarding, or playing music.

Allison Schmitz: I’m a senior at Kenmore East, and I plan to major in graphic design. I’m an appreciator of the arts as well as an artist. This program has given me the opportunity to expand my horizons in the broad field of art and curatorial studies.

Cassondra Stolzenberg: I found out about the Future Curators program while on the Albright-Knox website because of my interest in art conservation. The program has really opened my eyes to new people and experiences, and I have developed a new appreciation of modern art. I’m grateful to be a part of this year’s team and am excited for the rest of the program!

Amanda Tobin: I am aspiring artist and writer, hoping to enter into not only the fine art and literary fields, but also those of history and architecture—choosing just one is quite difficult! I decided to join the Future Curators program because of my deep love for art and my desire to explore the fine details of overseeing an art gallery. I believe the program to be an absolutely fantastic experience and am eager to use what I have learned in future endeavors.

Calder Wright: I am a junior at Amherst Central High School and am planning on going to school for engineering at UB. I believe that art plays a vital role in culture, and that without it life would be colorless, bare, and generally un-enjoyable.

The Future Curators are currently sifting through hundreds of their peers’ submissions to select artwork for their exhibition, which will be on view at the Gallery from Thursday, May 3, through Sunday, June 17, 2012. Stay tuned to the 2012 Future Curators page for details.