As it prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is recruiting 150 Western New York participants to help create a massive work of art.
Participants will be chosen at random in a lottery drawing April 25. They will work with artists Eric and Heather ChanSchatz to create a "monumental" work of art. The entire process will be documented and shared with the public along the way, with an unveiling to the public slated for December.
Louis Grachos, gallery director, said in an announcement the goal is to allow the entire community to share in the creation of the project, titled Universals Albright-Knox 150.
"Capturing a precise moment in the Gallery's history, and our contemporary culture here in Western New York, it will essentially become a portrait of our community," he said.
The final work will comprise 150 hand-painted works, one to represent each participant. The work is part of a two-part endeavor with the couple: In 2014, the gallery will acquire a large-scale sculpture by the ChanSchatzes based on the imagery developed through the project.
The New York-based artists have a 25-year history of combining traditional approaches to artmaking, such as painting and sculpture, with social engagement. Participants will select from an array of images, phrases and color combinations chosen by the artists, which will serve as the foundation for the artwork. They have completed similar projects with American soldiers stationed in Iraq, Pennsylvanian coal miners and participants from the Egyptian revolution in Cairo.
Information about the project is available online at albrightknox.com.