JOIN US FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION OF OUR NOVEMBER EXHIBIT AT THE GALLERY Q.
Members of the LGBTQ community have a long and distinguished history of contributions to all disciplines of the creative arts. Their collective talents have been an integral part of the cultural life of society. This exhibition, which focuses on the visual arts, highlights and celebrates that legacy as evidenced by the achievements of artists of this region and reinforces the mission of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley – “a champion for LGBTQ life and culture.”
On view in Gallery Q is a survey exhibition consisting of over 35 artworks in all media by LGBTQ Western New York artists selected from the extensive art collection of Gerald Mead from Buffalo, NY. Historically, the artworks range from an early 20th century hand colored print by Annie Crawford, who exhibited her work in the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901, to a drawing that Adam Weekley, an art professor at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, created in 2015.
Other artists in the exhibition include Edward Bisone, Lawrence Brose, Craig Centrie, Amy Greenan, Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, Mickey Harmon, Scott McCarney, Dana McKnight, Frank Moore, Tommy Nguyen, Clara Sipprell, Joe Radoccia, Paul Rybarczyk, Donald Siuta, Dana Tyrrell, Marcus Wise and Joe Ziolkowski among others.
Gerald Mead is an award winning artist, educator, arts writer and independent curator who is a leading authority on Western New York art and serves on the boards of several arts organizations in Buffalo. Since 1987, he has assembled a collection of over 1,000 artworks by artists associated with this region by birth or residency. Thematic exhibitions from the Gerald Mead Collection have been presented at numerous college galleries and other public venues, most recently at SUNY Fredonia and the Springville Center for the Arts. He has also lent works from his collection for major exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Castellani Art Museum, University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Buffalo Arts Studio, CEPA and Hallwalls and frequently lectures on art and collecting.