Prestigious Art Collection Highlights Daemen Artists in New Exhibition

By | October 26, 2021

“Celebrating Daemen”—a new exhibition of artwork by nearly 30 college faculty and alums—makes obvious why the institution has long been known as one of the region’s premier producers of artistic talent.

A montage of alum and faculty artworks

The selections in the show hail from the collection of Gerald Mead, a noted Buffalo artist and educator, who has assembled a cache of over 1,600 works from artists associated with Western New York by birth or residency.

“Collectively, the impact [Daemen faculty and alums] have had on the art history of Western New York is immeasurable,” state the exhibition’s linear notes. 

The show opens on Nov. 5, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Crucible Art Collective (334 Connecticut St. in Buffalo)—a gallery space opened and owned by Daemen alums Alicia Malik ‘12 and Taylor Heald ‘18, who both also curated the exhibition. 

“We were approached to host this collection, as we have our strong roots with the college—having both received Daemen art degrees,” said Mailk. “We’re also both active in the regional community of artists—many of which are associated with Daemen.”


The artists represented in the exhibition are Kari Achatz, Jim Allen, Nando Alvarez-Perez, Claudia Carballada, Steve Clippinger, Doreen Cutting, Peter D’Auria, Susann Denny, Anne Gunderman, Dana Hatchett, Kevin Kegler, Kyla Kegler, Felice Koenig, James Kuo, Maria LaRotonda, Alicia Malik, Elizabeth Murray, Kate Parzych, Endi Poskovic, Rena Reisman, C. J. Szatkowski, Jamie Schmidt, John Toth, Carol Townsend, Patty Wallace, Gary Wolfe and Xiao Yang.

“The show’s roster of artists constitutes a unique cross section of decades of the college’s tradition of pedagogical excellence—through a survey of artworks in all media,” the show’s curators wrote. 

The show closes on Nov. 27. 

Currently, the gallery is hosting “The Architecture of Color,” an exhibition of paintings by Dennis Barraclough, who is an internationally recognized artist, painter, sculptor, printmaker and retired Daemen professor. 

In 2022, Crucible Art Collective will also highlight works by the first-ever Emergence—a Daemen-led initiative to celebrate and showcase the work of early-career artists in Western New York.