Gerald Mead is an independent curator and art writer who teaches in the Art and Design Departments at Buffalo State College where he received his BS in Design and BA in Psychology. He has also taught at the University at Buffalo where he earned his MFA in Visual Studies and was a Dean's Scholar. His highly detailed, small-scale collages/assemblages constructed from photographic materials and found objects are in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), Burchfield Penney Art Center (Buffalo, NY), Castellani Art Museum (Lewiston, NY), George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY), Sprint Foundation (New York, NY), Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) and International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction (Santa Fe, NM) among others. His works have been in museum/gallery exhibitions throughout the US and in Australia, England, France, Poland, Russia, China and Canada and are published in six collegiate textbooks. He has lectured on his work at Cambridge University and Chautauqua Institution. Gerald has received grants from the New York Foundation of the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts and major awards include First Place at the Carnegie Art Center National Exhibition and a Fine Arts Award from Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design. Gerald is also an appointed member of the Buffalo Arts Commission, serves on several art boards and committees in the region and frequently juries local and national exhibitions. In 2020, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Niagara University.