HAMBURG - Art students at Immaculata Academy have been busy accepting awards for their participation throughout Western New York.
Junior Amanda Tobin was accepted into the Future Curators program at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The selective program invites area juniors and seniors into the Gallery after school on a weekly basis to learn about the job of museum curator and to organize an exhibition of artwork by young local artists.
Tobin will work under the guidance of various Albright-Knox staff members to learn every step of the exhibition process, including artwork selection, writing interpretive text, organizing the exhibition's layout and planning an opening reception, according to the museum's website.
Pictured are, from left: Grace Attea, Maggie Gerard and Erin Tyler.
"Amanda will gain a new understanding of the inner workings and professional skills needed to become a gallery curator," Benes said.
Although Tobin hadn't considered a career in curating, she said she will definitely be contemplating it after this experience.
"I've always been interested in art, so I like how [the program] helps me understand all the work that goes into putting an exhibition together," she said. "I really like working with kids my age that care about art, because most kids my age don't," she said, referring to an in-depth conversation the group had that evening.
Three other Immaculata Academy artists were recently recognized for their work. Freshmen Grace Attea (Hamburg), Maggie Gerard (Buffalo) and Erin Tyler (Gowanda) won first, second and third-place awards respectively in the high school age group at the First Night Buffalo Art Contest, sponsored by Western New York United, an education agency teaching proven strategies designed to raise awareness and discourage youth from using alcohol and other drugs. The contest asked students to create an original piece of artwork showcasing their drug-free creativity or a portrait of their drug-free role model.
Agency representative Jessica Lafalce presented the winners with gifts of art supplies on behalf of WNY United, which kept the winning pieces for continued showcase.