Albright-Knox's Art Alive moves from outside to online

Posted at 7:02 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 19:26:05-04

BUFFALO (WKBW) — For 23 years the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's beloved Art Alive event has welcomed summer with a celebration of community creativity. This year, as we practice social distancing, the annual contest is moving from outside to online.

Art Alive invites students, community groups, and individuals to make live re-creations of works of art. The works are traditionally presented on the lawns outside of the Albright-Knox with winners receiving prizes. The museum says transitioning to a virtual format this year has boosted entries from 3 dozen to 300.

“We were thrilled to see the final number of Art Alive submissions we received this year,” said Jennifer Foley, Albright-Knox Director of Education and Community Engagement. “With social distancing guidelines in place, we were happy to be able to continue this great event for the sake of our community. We received submissions that ranged from hilarious to stunning, and we are delighted that this may have provided some stress relief during this difficult time.”

You can view all of the entries and vote for your favorites here. More than 7,500 people have already voted for the People's Choice Awards. Voting ends at 5 pm on May 7th.

7 Eyewitness News Anchors Ashley Rowe and Jeff Russo are serving as judges for the 2020 Art Alive event.