The BSA Exhibiting Member Review Panel is composed of seven individuals who may include artists, curators, gallerists, art educators, collectors, and others with experience in the visual arts. Each fall, this panel is responsible for reviewing applicants for acceptance as new BSA Exhibiting Members.

The 2022 BSA Exhibiting Member Review Panel includes the following outstanding individuals.

Lawrence Kinney - Featured Image - Buffalo Society of Artists

Lawrence Kinney

A sculptor for more than 40 years, Lawrence Kinney earned a BFA in sculpture from the University at Buffalo during which time he traveled to Spain to study art and architecture as a Rumsey Award recipient. He then completed two years of graduate studies. Lawrence has a produced more than 350 sculptures for public spaces, businesses, and private commissions throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Prior to this time, he taught structural development at the University At Buffalo. He is the co-founder of the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA) now in its tenth year.

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Gerald Mead

Dr. Gerald Mead is an independent curator, art collector and arts writer who recently retired from teaching in the Art & Design Department at SUNY Buffalo State College. He is a leading authority on WNY art and received his MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo. A former longtime curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Mead is an appointed member of the Buffalo Arts Commission, serves on several art committees and boards in the region and frequently juries local and national art exhibitions.

His own artwork is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, George Eastman Museum, Castellani Art Museum, Oregon State University, Sprint Foundation, and the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction in Santa Fe, NM among others. Mead’s works have been in museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the US and in Australia, Canada, China, England, Poland, and Russia and are published in six collegiate textbooks. He has also lectured on his work at Cambridge University, Chautauqua Institution and several SUNY Colleges and Universities and received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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Grace Meibohm

Juror Grace Meibohm is the third-generation owner of the 121 year old family art business, Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., in East Aurora, NY. A graduate of Daemen College and plenty of hands-on experience with her father, Walter, she has grown the service-orientated gallery and frame shop to feature regular exhibitions of established and emerging regional artists and a continually expanding reference of contemporary and historical artists.

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Ellen Owens

Ellen Owens is the Director of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. Owens was formerly Director of Learning Programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology where she sat on the Executive Team and led three major departments. She also served as Director of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a vibrant museum and art gallery. Owens currently teaches Museum Studies at Niagara University; she was a professor in the University of the Arts Museum Studies graduate program for ten years. She sits on the Executive Committee for The Print Center.

Owens graduated with honors from Penn State University, earning a BA in Art Education and a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She received her MA in Museum Education from the University of the Arts; Executive Leadership certificates from the Getty Leadership Institute, University of Pennsylvania, and Bryn Mawr College.

Steve Siegel - Featured Image - Buffalo Society of Artists

Steve Siegel

Steve Siegel is a photographer and a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists where he served on the Board of Directors as a member on the Executive Committee in the capacity of treasurer. He was also a former member of the Board of Directors of the CEPA Gallery.

He is a two-time award winner in Black and White Magazine’s International Portfolio competition, being only one of only eight recipients worldwide to have their work appear in the magazine in successive years (2012-13).

He has also exhibited and won awards at both international online competitions and international photography shows. Locally, his work has appeared at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Castellani Art Museum and the Kenan Center with solo shows at the Carnegie Art Center, Queen City Gallery, Pausa Art House, TGW@497 and Betty’s.

Phyllis Thompson - Featured Image - Buffalo Society of Artists

Phyllis Thompson

Phyllis I. Thompson received her BFA in printmaking from the Philadelphia College of Art and her MFA in printmaking from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums including Albright Knox Northland, the University of Wisconsin Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Castellani Art Museum, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, and Kenan Center. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Albright Knox Art Gallery and the Castellani Art Museum.

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William Vogel

William Vogel is the Art Coordinator at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he oversees the artist residency and exhibitions programs. Vogel was formerly the Executive Director of El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera, a nonprofit art space in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood, from 2017-2021. In addition, he has worked as an independent curator and consultant for artists and arts organizations, and has lectured on arts and health programs since 2020.

Originally from Long Island, Vogel has called Buffalo home for over 15 years. He has a B.A. in American Studies from the University at Buffalo.