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Reality on a Whim—Area Teens to Open Exhibition at the Albright-Knox May 21

May 13, 2010

Buffalo, NY – An exhibition of artwork created by area teens has been organized by fourteen of their peers through the Future Curators program at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Debuting on Friday, May 21, 2010, Spectrum: Daydreams of Reality focuses on local teen artists working in a variety of media and highlights a wealth of teenage artistic talent here in Western New York. The Future Curators selected the work in the exhibition from more than four hundred submissions.

This year’s Future Curators are eleventh and twelfth grade students from Alden Senior High School, Buffalo Seminary, Canisius High School, Cheektowaga Central High School, City Honors School, East Aurora High School, Lewiston-Porter High School, Mount St. Mary Academy, Nardin Academy, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Tapestry Charter School, and Williamsville South High School.

The Future Curators program is an after-school program for high school students who are interested in curatorial careers in the art world. Following a rigorous application process, fourteen participants are selected from a pool of applicants from Western New York. The group meets once a week from January through May under the mentoring eye of coordinator Anna Jablonski of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Education Department. Through the program, students learn every aspect of organizing an art exhibition, including issuing calls for work, selecting work, writing texts, installing artwork, and publicizing the show.

In selecting work for Spectrum: Daydreams of Reality, the students considered the originality of each submission, the artist’s technique, the work’s movement and composition, and the work’s overall aesthetic. Works in the exhibition are in a variety of media, including painting, works on paper, photography, and sculpture.

Future Curator Joseph Polino says, “They all express a unifying feeling of whimsicality that one would find in daydreams.”

The students have also organized an evening of programming that will mark the exhibition opening on May 21. The evening will include an open mic event from 6 to 10 pm that will feature a spectrum of performances in the Gallery’s Sculpture Garden. Also that evening, the Gallery’s Education Department will offer a related art activity for all ages, “Scratching into Reality,” from 5 to 7 pm. A special tour of the exhibition, entitled Mother May I?, will take place at 6 pm. At 7 pm, there will be a screening of the director’s cut of the cult film Donnie Darko (2001), directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore.

Area teens wishing to participate in the open mic event should visit the Gallery’s website at for more information. Opening programs and events begin at 5 pm and are free to the public as part of the ongoing Gusto at the Gallery series.