Although some young people may find art a bore and galleries uninteresting, there are still quite a few teens who are passionate about art, classic and modern styles, and incorporate it into their lives. Many junior and senior high school students from across Western New York went through the application process for Future Curators, a weekly program at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery that gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the work of a museum curator as well as giving them a chance to organize an exhibition of artwork. Participants are involved in each step of the process, from selecting artwork from numerous submissions, organizing the placement of each piece and even planning the exhibition opening.
This year, 13 students were chosen to take part in Future Curators. 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 (Sacred Heart Academy), 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 High School).
Their exhibition, "Calloused," opens today and will be on display through June 17. Opening festivities will take place from 5 to 9 tonight, and tours will be given by the student curators as well. All events are free and open to the public; parking is $3.
Hannah Gordon is a junior at Immaculata Academy.