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Area Teens Examine the Notion of Identity in this Year’s Future Curators Exhibition

April 20, 2012

Buffalo, NY – Calloused, this year’s exhibition of artwork by Western New York teens organized through the Future Curators Teen Program at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will open on Thursday, May 3, 2012. The exhibition will include 53 works selected by the artists’ peers from more than 720 submissions from throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario. 

For this year’s exhibition, the Future Curators wanted to explore the idea that we are all born with a thin skin—one of innocence. Through time and experience, a layer of armor, of callouses, forms to protect us. This armor grows as we experience internal and external conflicts, which result from the differences between who we are inside and how we portray ourselves in order to satisfy society’s expectations. As humans, we are defined by our ability to create a balance between these two forces. The works chosen for this exhibition display multiple aspects of this concept, showing both vulnerability and the internal strength we acquire through time, and revealing our identities as individuals and as members of a community.

The 2012 Future Curators are all students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. They are Bella Buscarino (Buffalo Seminary), Christina Chilberg (Lewiston-Porter High School), Andrew Fretz (Williamsville North High School), Evan Hayes (St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute), Courtney Lowinger (Kenmore East High School), Maria Melchiorre (Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart), Dora Ranilovic (Nichols School), Mary Rindfuss (Hamburg High School), Mitchell Riter (Nichols School), Allison Schmitz (Kenmore East High School), Cassondra Stolzenburg (Lockport High School), Amanda Tobin (Immaculata Academy), and Calder Wright (Amherst Central High School).

Now in its seventh year, the Future Curators program presents an opportunity for high school students to broaden their knowledge of the inner workings of an art museum and develop an understanding of museum operations. Under the leadership of Lindsay Kranz from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Education Department, the young curators gather at the Gallery every Thursday evening from January through May. They actively take part in every aspect of preparing their exhibition, from writing wall texts to developing invitations for the exhibition opening. The students have the opportunity to bring their own creativity and unique viewpoints into the professional setting of the Gallery. 

To celebrate the opening of their exhibition, the Future Curators have organized a full evening of events on Thursday, May 3, beginning with guided exhibition tours by the curators at 5 pm. A performance by the Kalif Crutcher Jazz Sextet from the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts will take place in the Sculpture Garden at 7 pm, and a ballet performance by dancers from Lewiston-Porter High School will follow in the Auditorium at 8:15 pm. The exhibition will remain on view in the Clifton Hall Link Galleries through Sunday, June 17, 2012.

Future Curators is funded, in part, through a generous grant from The Marks Family Foundation.