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Daniel Galas, "72 Jewett"

Jessie and Katey, "Noodle in the Northern Lights"

Casey Riordan Millard, "Shark Girl"

Alice Mizrachi, "Dream Keepers"

Jaume Plensa, "Silent Poets"

Tape Art: "Buffalo Caverns"

About the Public Art Initiative

The Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative is an innovative partnership between the museum and the County of Erie established in 2013 to enhance our shared sense of place and cultural identity in the urban and suburban landscapes of Western New York. The City of Buffalo joined the partnership in 2014.

The goal of the Initiative is to create spaces of dialogue where diverse communities have the ability to socially engage, actively respond, and cooperatively produce great public art that is capable of empowering individuals, creating stronger neighborhoods, and establishing Western New York as a critical cultural center.

The Public Art Initiative integrates a wide range of artwork into publicly accessible spaces and engages the diversity of the region’s artistic energies and cultural points of view. Through this initiative, the Albright-Knox seeks to expand public interaction with artists and artworks. The initiative promotes education about the arts through works in the Albright-Knox’s Public Art Collection, related programming, and creative partnerships.

The Public Art Collection includes works by those artists committed to visual innovation and community engagement. The Public Art Initiative presents artists from around the region, nation, and world working in varied forms of media, from traditional to forward-thinking interactions, sculpture to performance, and the permanent to the ephemeral.
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery (online Jan. 2017)

Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative Blankets Buffalo Buildings in Color
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Other recent AK Public Art Initiative projects include
  • Alice Mizrachi’s Dream Keepers mural at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology;

  • Roberley Bell’s Locus Amoenus installation at the Tifft Nature Preserve;

  • Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn’s mural Noodle in the Northern Lights at Shea’s 710 Theatre;

  • Kaarina Kaikkonen’s installation We Share A Dream, currently on view at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport;

  • Jenny Kendler’s Milkweed Dispersal Balloons and ReWilding New York (Community Seed Stations), a two-fold work that took place over the summer of 2015;

  • Shayne Dark’s 2015 exhibition Natural Conditions and residency at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens;

  • Jaume Plensa’s Silent Poets, on view through October 2016 at Canalside;

  • Casey Riordan Millard’s Shark Girl;

  • Tape Art’s Buffalo Caverns, a massive, temporary mural made with low-adhesive drawing tape on the north wall of the Central Library branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library;

  • a billboard- and sticker-based iteration of Matthew Hoffman’s You Are Beautiful project, made possible in part through a partnership with Lamar Advertising; and Charles Clough’s collaboratively produced Hamburg Arena Painting, which is installed in the newly constructed wing of the Hamburg Public Library.
The Public Art Initiative has also distributed 30,000 art kits to students throughout Erie County.

The Public Art Initiative is supported by the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery (online Jan. 2017)

Photos and their arrangement 2014 Chuck LaChiusa
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