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New Board President Rockin’ the Knox

Leslie H.
Zemsky has succeeded Charles W. Banta as the Board President of the
Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  The first woman president in the gallery’s
147-year history, Zemsky has been on the board since 2005, chaired its
Governance Committee, and co-chaired the Strategic Planning Committee.

Zemsky
said she looks forward to working with the entire Board, staff, and Gallery Director
Louis Grachos in order to continue “to grow the
Albright-Knox Art Gallery and its Permanent Collection – not only as a
world-renowned venue and magnet for cultural tourism – but also as a vital
community resource for educational, artistic, and creative experiences.”

Grachos
says, “The Gallery is very fortunate to have benefited in recent years
from Mr. Banta’s leadership and his passion for safeguarding the artistic and
financial integrity of the Albright-Knox. We look forward, under Leslie
Zemsky’s presidency, to successfully meeting the challenges ahead that will
lead to a stronger Gallery for all area residents and for art enthusiasts
worldwide.”

Banta has been Board President since 2002, and will
continue to serve on the board. During his tenure, Banta was instrumental in
guiding the Albright-Knox in re-affirming its mission to acquire, exhibit, and
preserve modern and contemporary art as directed by the Gallery’s 2001
Strategic Plan.  He has also sought to broaden and deepen the Permanent
Collection, adding more than 600 contemporary works to it.

“Through
its actions over the past several years, the Gallery has re-affirmed its
historic mission to be one of the world’s best and most dynamic modern and
contemporary art institutions,” Banta said.

Zemsky
is also a board member and founding chair of Advancing Arts and Culture Buffalo
Niagara (ACC), a past trustee of the Erie County Cultural Resource Advisory
Board, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and Nichols School, and
she is a past board chair of Elmwood Franklin School.

As for Rockin’
at the Knox, which was skipped this year (despite the brilliant financial
timing of the Knox’s deaccession sale* – that money is meant for new works), the word is that there may be a concert May.

UPDATE: The
Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced today that it would return to six open days
per week, re-opening the museum to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 
Beginning on November 3, the Gallery will be open from noon to 5 PM on Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday and noon to 10 PM on Friday. 
The move comes as Erie County Executive Chris Collins recommended a slight
increase in funding for the Gallery in his 2010 budget that is to be voted on
by the Legislature. 


*ArtVoice article by Bruce Jackson


Image: Zemsky and Banta

 

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