Wall Alert: Buffalo Arts Studio x Albright-Knox “Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color” Showcase

If there was ever a building that could use public art, it’s 847 Main Street. The artwork that is currently applied to the building is due to a partnership between Buffalo Arts Studio, Albright-Knox Public Arts Initiative, and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC). This collaboration allowed young artists to take part in a two-week artistic exercise in July via Buffalo Arts Studio’s Jump Start – an initiative where high school and college students participated in a poly-tab mural production workshop as part of the Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color exhibition on the Albright-Knox Northland site.

Herve Tullet, Lines dots stains sleet (Lines dots spots squiggles)is located at 847 Main Street.

Jump Start students worked alongside Jump Start Extension Fellows, Teaching Assistant Nicolas Delfino and Teaching Artist Andrea Pawarski to create half of the 2,100 square foot mural. The fresco itself is made up of 85 panels, which were painted offsite.

847 Main Street (front)

During the exercise, the students visited the Albright-Knox Northland site, to glean relevant information regarding the multi-panel polytab mural process from three artists in residence: Julia Bottoms, Tricia Butski and Rachel Shelton . Students also had the chance to meet local artist and muralist Edreys Wajed, who helped paint an illuminating perspective on the ongoing artistic process.

In the end, the artistic collaboration not only results in a much-needed mural for 847 Main Street, it also gives several young artists the know-how and skills necessary to accomplish a major work of art. This invaluable insight will be invaluable in years to come as Buffalo’s public art scene continues to thrive.

To learn more about the students and this collaboration, visit the workshop catalog.

Jump Start Students: Faith Danahy, Isaiah Dean, Sarah Durkin, Sadiki Kashindi, Cameron Osborn, Emily Peca and Serenity Sherry

Jump Start Extension Fellows: Isabella Amarante, Lucy Dietrich, Shanti Morrissey and Emily Quartley

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