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AK Teens: Future Curators Exhibition, A Study in Action/Reaction, to Open Thursday, May 1, 2014

April 29, 2014

Buffalo, NY – A Study in Action/Reaction is a new exhibition organized by area teens from Western New York at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Larkin Art Gallery. The exhibition features more than sixty works by teen artists from Western New York and Southern Ontario. Exhibition openings will take place at both venues: at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Thursday, May 1, from 5 to 8 pm, and at Larkin Art Gallery on Tuesday, May 6, from 4 to 5 pm. AK Teens is presented by the First Niagara Foundation.

“The goal of our exhibition is to highlight not only some of the most talented developing teen artists in our region, but also to demonstrate how the actions of others can have an effect on these artists’ thoughts, actions, emotions, and overall way of life,” said Future Curator Teddy Wieleba. The works in the exhibition exemplify the idea that every action has an equal and opposite reaction either by intending a response from the viewer or showing the artist’s reaction to the world.

Now in its ninth year, the AK Teens: Future Curators program provides a unique opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to get involved in the behind-the-scenes work that goes into curating and organizing a museum exhibition. “The 2014 Future Curators worked wonderfully as a team and approached each aspect of the exhibition’s development, from selection of works to design layout, with both careful thought and enthusiasm. The Future Curators program gives these young adults the unique opportunity to experience all that goes in to creating a museum exhibition,” said Curator of Education and Community Engagement Jessica DiPalma.

The 2014 Future Curators team is made up of twenty-one students in grades eleven and twelve: Sydney Bryk (Lewiston-Porter High School), Connor Caso (Lewiston-Porter High School), Lissette DeJesus (PS 195: Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts), Sarah Fenn (Nichols School), Anika Fors (Williamsville East High School), Clare Galbo (Nardin Academy), Steve Goehrig (Canisius High School), Kari Karsten (Niagara Wheatfield High School), Yeojin Kim (Williamsville East High School), Claire Martin (Iroquois High School), Sienna Martinez (Lewiston-Porter High School), Almisah McAllister (Amherst High School), Jack Nelson (Amherst High School), Rose Rivera (Charter School for Applied Technologies), Megan Rogers (Lewiston-Porter High School), Jess Rohl (Williamsville East High School), Mitch Stepien (Williamsville East High School), Jess Trainor (Kenmore West High School), Erin Vecchies (Lewiston-Porter High School), Teddy Wieleba (Kenmore West High School), and Lily Zenger (Nardin Academy).

Since January 2014, this dynamic team has been learning about the work of different departments at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and using the museum's Collection to discover new ways of looking at art. They are pleased to present the culmination of their experience, the 2014 AK Teens: Future Curators exhibition, A Study in Action/Reaction.

The exhibition will be on view in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Gallery for Small Sculpture from Thursday, May 1, through Sunday, June 8, 2014, and at the Larkin Art Gallery (located at 745 Seneca Street in Buffalo) from Monday, May 5, through Saturday, May 31, 2014.