April 14, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Hyatt's - All Things Creative
part of a series on Beyond
About the speaker
Aaron Ott was appointed as the Albright-Knox’s first Curator of Public Art in 2013. Previously, he worked as an independent creative on projects with the Elmhurst Art Museum, Columbia College, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Projects. He also served as a curator at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Elmhurst Art Museum, and as Director of David Weinberg Photography in Chicago.
Aaron leads the Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative, a unique partnership supported by the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo. Through this initiative, he has managed more than a dozen public art projects and installations around Erie County, including Casey Riordan Millard’s popular Shark Girl, on view permanently at Canalside Buffalo; Shayne Dark: Natural Conditions at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in 2015; Matthew Hoffman’s You Are Beautiful billboards and stickers in 2014; and Kaarina Kaikkonen’s We Share a Dream, a monumental installation made from donated shirts currently on view at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Aaron holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s degree in Museum and Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Hyatt’s - All Things Creative has been meeting the needs of visually creative people for more than 50 years. Headquartered in Buffalo, New York, USA, Hyatt’s has earned a reputation as an innovative family owned company that has remained strong by growing to meet the evolving creative needs of our customers. The synergies between our closely linked product lines means that we are a superior source for artists, architects, signmakers and designers of many disciplines, thus our description: All Things Creative. Over forty employees are organized into three divisions: ART / Artist Supplies and Picture Framing, PANTONE / Color Matching System Products and SIGN / Computer Signmaking Equipment and Materials, to ensure that all customers receive knowledgeable assistance to execute their creative endeavors.
To Merge is to unite, to combine, and most literally… to come together.
At merge, we have created a team of ambitious locals to practice sustainability, to preserve local food in the peak of freshness, to serve more sustainable meats, to make you love your vegetables, to provide alternatives, to garden, to grow organically, to reconnect to our land, to compost, to conserve, to innovate, and to have fun! merge with us in building healthier habits for a healthier planet.
🚇 This month we’ll be a 1-minute walk from the Medical Campus train station; consider trying public transportation for Earth Month.
♿️ We’ll be up a single flight of stairs at Hyatt’s; please contact us before the event for accessibility assistance.