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Meet the 2013 Future Curators

March 11, 2013

The 2013 Future Curators, from left: Maria Root, Claire Augello, Charlotte Saunders, Alexa Nicoletti, Saraphina Masters, Paloma D’Auria, Katiana Hernandez, Brodie McPherson, Megan McCuen, Morgan McCutcheon, Whitney Kehl, Joshua Fraass, Stephen Matthew, and Program Coordinator Lindsay Kranz. Not Pictured: Kendall Applebaum. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

We asked the 2013 Future Curators to tell us a little bit about themselves and why they wanted to participate in the program. Here’s what they said:

Kendall Applebaum: I am a senior at Nichols School. Being accepted into this program has been such an honor. It is extremely eye-opening and has really shown me what it is like behind the scenes at an art museum. I would love to pursue this as a career when I’m older. I have many other interests, such as photography, ice hockey, and lacrosse. I am attending Oswego State next year and will be playing hockey and lacrosse. I hope to go for my BFA there as well. I am excited to create our show and I cannot wait for everyone to see how it turns out!

Claire Augello: I attend Lewiston-Porter High School and reside in Youngstown, New York. The AK Teens program has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life so far and I look forward to creating an exquisite show with the team. Art is a huge part of my life and hopefully always will be. Thanks to this program I am learning more about art and what it takes to become a part of an art museum such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. I hope to someday have my photographs in an art museum as prestigious as the Albright-Knox.

Paloma D’Auria: I go to Nichols School and I am so excited to be a part of this program. I have always been very drawn to the theater and I like to think of an art curator as the equivalent of a theater director. I am really enjoying the opportunity to help direct an art show alongside thirteen great teens.

Joshua Fraass: I am a junior at St. Joe’s. I love art and have been in art classes throughout my high school career. I started my own business—Go Green Recycled & Vintage—to share my passion for saving the earth and as a way to show people my creative ideas. I love what I do and I am honored to bring my business and art experience together in the Future Curators program and exhibition.

Katiana Hernandez: I am a senior at Williamsville East High School with quite the passion for art. I love being in the Future Curators program. Being surrounded by all things art—and others who have the same passion for art as I do—is the highlight of my week. The show will be amazing!

Whitney Kehl: I’m a senior at Attica High School. I love fashion, learning, and music, among other arts. I’ve been having such a great time being part of the Future Curators program so far. What really excites me, in addition to talking to all of the fascinating Gallery staff members and other teens, is getting to know the Albright-Knox itself. There is so much more to learn from it and other museums, which makes me very excited for the career path I will pursue in curating. I’m really starting to feel comfortable with what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Saraphina Masters: I am a senior at Tapestry High School and am happy to be going away to college in August. I plan on majoring in Classical Studies because of my long-held interest in Greek mythology. I play soccer for both school and a travel league, and I read extensively in my free time. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Future Curators team, and look forward to all opportunities presented. 

Stephen Matthew: I am a junior at St. Joe’s. I love to snowboard, paint, and listen to music. Music is a very important thing in my life because it fuels my creative process and it calms me down. I also love to help people and give back to the community. I love the Future Curators program because it gives me a realistic glimpse into what being a curator really is.

Megan McCuen: I’m a senior at Frontier High School. I plan on going to college for art history and museum studies. This program has afforded me the amazing opportunity to expose myself to life at a museum.

Morgan McCutcheon: I’m a 16-year-old junior who attends West Seneca West Senior High School. I wanted to join this program to experience what a career like this can offer me, and just enjoy this experience with people from different artistic backgrounds. I love the group I work with and I enjoy every session with them.

Brodie McPherson: I am so excited to be a part of this amazing Future Curators program. This program at the Albright-Knox will give me experiences that I may never get the opportunity to have again. As a senior at Lewiston-Porter High School heavily involved in the arts, I was ecstatic to discover that I had been accepted into this program. I am looking forward to creating many memories with the rest of the teens involved.

Alexa Nicoletti: I go to Lewiston-Porter High School. I am very interested in the arts and hope to go to college for art next fall. So far, this program has taught me a lot about the museum side of the art world, and I’m very excited to continue on with it and learn even more.

Maria Root: I am a junior at City Honors. I have always been passionate about making art and I am very excited to be exploring a more conceptual approach to it. I’m having a great time meeting other people my age who share my interest and learning about the behind-the-scenes processes that go into curating an exhibition. I have learned so much from this unique and informative experience.

Charlotte Saunders: I attend Sweet Home High School as a senior. I’ve been involved in art my whole life, taking classes as a little girl and, last summer, taking classes at the Albright-Knox. Next year, as a freshman in college, I will pursue a degree in fine arts. The Future Curators program has not only inspired me to view art in a new way, but has also exposed me to the different fields there are out there for my near future. 

The 2013 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 Friday, May 3, through Sunday, June 16, 2013, with an exhibition opening celebration on Thursday, May 2. Stay tuned to the 2013 Future Curators page for details.