About UB Art Galleries

three students in an art gallery around a suspended pile of clothing.

Photo: Nando Alvarez-Perez

Our Mission

At the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, we support art and ideas that are urgent and relevant to our time and place. We advance art as both inquiry and creative practice available to everyone.

Across our two locations we provide opportunities to experience and research art through our exhibitions program and collection. We are committed to presenting thought-provoking art and stimulating programs for the UB community, and the people of Buffalo.

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Our History and Architecture

1994-2000, Center for the Arts Gallery

UB Art Galleries opened in 1994 as part of the university’s brand-new Center for the Arts, which was conceived as a physical home for UB’s various art disciplines. Exhibitions in the galleries were temporary and typically featured contemporary art.

Today, the Center for the Arts is a thriving hub for the arts at UB. Learn more about the Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts was designed by Gwathmey and Siegel Associates Architects and you can read more about the CFA building

1992–2000, David Anderson Gallery

The building at 1 Martha Jackson Place was originally a Buffalo Public School, and later was purchased by gallerist David K. Anderson. Anderson studied business at UB and went on to work for his mother, venerated New York City gallerist Martha Jackson (1907–1969). With the intention of designing and building a gallery of his own, Anderson set about converting the school into a state-of-the-art exhibition space. The Anderson Gallery opened to the public as a commercial gallery in 1991 and operated it until 2000, when Anderson donated it to UB along with a collection of 1,200 works of art and extensive archives from the Martha Jackson and David Anderson Galleries, as well as a trust to assist with exhibition and gallery operations.

Anderson had a passion for design. He loved arches and round corners, which you can see throughout the interior of UB Anderson Gallery. He even designed his own font which you can see in use in signage today.

2000–Present, UB Art Galleries

With the gift from David Anderson in 2000 the UB Art Galleries grew into an organization with two locations and a collection of world class art. Over the years we have added to our collection and continue to deliver our exhibitions program in order to build and share a rich resource for UB students and faculty, as well as our city and region. 

Our Staff

Robert Scalise
(716) 645-0568

Anna Wager, Ph.D.
Curator of Exhibitions
(716) 645-0570

Nick Ostness
(716) 829-3884 

Mary Gordon
Finance Manager
(716) 829-5284

Tom Andersen
Exhibitions & Collections Preparator
(716) 829-3062 

Jason Seeley 
Exhibitions Preparator
(716) 645-2625 

Emily Reynolds
Marketing and Communications Manager
(716) 645-0571 

Jim Snider 
Tech Assistant 
(716) 829-3470 

Amanda Speicher
Administrative Assistant
(716) 645-0572 

Adina Olbrys
Cravens Teaching Assistant
(716) 829-2866

Katie Kovacs
Gallery Assistant

Ernie Mata
Security Guard

Alison Cortes
Security Guard

Student Employees and Interns

John Disalvo
Gallery Assistant

Benson Cai
Gallery Assistant

Janey Zhu
Gallery Assistant

Nehal Vyas

Meggie Wang
Gallery Assistant

Mistura Ajanaku
Gallery Assistant

Steven Bao
Gallery Assistant

Kenny Tang
Gallery Assistant

Thabiba Tabassum
Gallery Assistant

Afolabi Subuloye
Gallery Assistant

Susan Cao
Gallery Assistant


Join Our Team


We’re dedicated to being a teaching museum and we offer internships for credit. For more information on internships at UB Art Galleries, please email ubartgalleries@buffalo.edu with a resume and indicate a department or area you’re interested in.

Work Studies and Student Assistants

We hire work studies and student assistants typically in line with academic semesters. Please email ubartgalleries@buffalo.edu for more information.