Two Baltimore-based artists known for creating bold, graphic public murals in cities throughout the United States have been commissioned to create a new piece on the north wall of the 710 Main Theatre, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced Tuesday.
Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, who have been working together since 2011, are known for creating murals that draw equally from nature and textile patterns.
The gallery, which is co-sponsoring the mural with Shea’s Performing Arts Center as part of its public art program, characterized the project as a boost for the theater district property, formerly Studio Arena Theatre, and the neighborhood.
“The Buffalo Theater District has been home to many prominent murals in the past, but changes in ownership, lack of direct oversight, and myriad economic struggles have all taken their toll,” according to a news release from the Albright-Knox. “The production of a striking mural that is an unmistakable expression of our new visual culture — one that simultaneously resonates with the history of the location as it points to our prosperous future — will be a monumental addition to both the district and the AK Public Art Initiative.”
Priming for the mural is set to start in late May, with completion slated for the following month.
In a statement, Shea’s Performing Arts Center CEO and President Anthony Conte said the organization was “excited to be collaborating with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on this project and very anxious to see this mural become a feature in Buffalo’s Theatre District.”