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Arts incubator aims to nurture new works

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Published February 20, 2020

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a sculptor were on “Shark Tank?” Or a contemporary dancer was on “America’s Got Talent?”

That concept will be in play at UB with “Work In Real Time, a monthly salon-meets-project incubator.

Every month artists across disciplines will present their works-in-progress to a panel of judges in the atrium of the Center for the Arts. At the end of each evening, a total of $1,500 — as well as expertise from artists and funders — will be awarded to worthy projects.

“Work in Real Time” will take place at 4:30 p.m. March 10, April 15 and May 5.

Producers are seeking submissions from UB student artists and community members for this public competition. Interested artists from all disciplines and experience levels should propose new projects they are working through, or projects that they have hoped to realize but have yet to. Those who are selected to take part in the competition will have 10 minutes to present their ideas in an engaging and exciting way.

Each presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and responses from a rotating panel of judges, including a guest visiting artist in each round.

Artist proposals are accepted online at

Organizers say “Work In Real Time” is a public platform to empower artists from UB and the Buffalo community to implement new directions, practices or collaborations in their artistic ideas. The events aim to nurture the growth and development of interdisciplinary works by UB students in the arts and foster a dialogue among the university, Buffalo and visiting artists to enable cross-pollination between disciplines, sensibilities and cities.

“Work In Real Time” is presented by the UB Arts Collaboratory, the Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art, UB faculty, UB students and alumna Kyla Kegler, MFA ’18.

Major support for “Work In Real Time” is provided by M&T Bank; additional support is provided by Savarino Companies.