"After weeks of deliberation on works, themes, and titles, we have begun to see the culmination of our efforts. The title we have chosen for this exhibition encapsulates the theme we selected: A Study in Action/Reaction. This year we are excited to be able to exhibit in two venues, allowing for more works to be showcased than has been possible in past years.
The goal of our exhibition is to highlight not only some of the most talented developing artists in the Western New York and Canada, but also to demonstrate how the actions of others can have an effect on these artists’ thoughts, actions, emotions and overall way of life.
We have divided into two teams, one working on the aesthetics and design of the exhibition and the other focusing on writing extended labels and wall text. The writing team is responsible for communicating the conceptual basis for not only the exhibition as a whole, but select works that we feel best embody the theme of the exhibition.
The design team is in the process of organizing work within the gallery spaces. For instance, this year’s exhibition noticeably focuses on sculpture because the display cases in our exhibition space at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery are appropriate for highlighting sculptors and their craft.
The work we are putting into designing and writing for our exhibition will both enrich and enhance our curatorial experience.”
–Teddy Wieleba, Kenmore West High School
AK Teens: Future Curators is a weekly after-school program designed to give local high school students in grades eleven and twelve the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes work of a museum curator and the tasks required to create a museum exhibition. The students then use what they have learned to curate their own exhibition featuring the work of area high school artists.
The 2014 AK Teens: Future Curators team is made up of twenty-one dynamic artists, art historians, actors, writers, and entrepreneurs. Five Future Curators have volunteered to share a reflection of their experience at various stages throughout the program. This week’s topic focuses on a Future Curator’s experience preparing the 2014 exhibition.
Stay tuned for more student reflections as the Future Curators prepare to present their exhibition, A Study in Action/Reaction.
AK Teens is presented by First Niagara.