Buffalo Arts Commission

CommissionersBuffalo Arts Commission

Mayor's Appointees

  • Catherine Gillespie, Chair
  • Thomas Chestnut
  • Frank Cravatta
  • David Granville
  • Gretchan Grobe
  • Patrick Kaler
  • Arthur Norman Lewin
  • Donald J. Siuta

Common Council President's Appointees

  • Gerald Mead
  • James Pappas
  • Ted Pietrzak
  • Gail Wells

Honorary Commissioner

  • Elisabeth Clarkson

Description of Services

Founded in 1980, the Buffalo Arts Commission is comprised of 15 volunteer members appointed by the Mayor (10) and Common Council President (5). It is the responsibility of the Commission to:

  • Submit to the Mayor and Common Council annual plans for the expenditure of funds commissioning new works of art in the city.
  • Advise the Mayor and Common Council concerning works of art to be acquired by the city, whether by purchase, gift or otherwise, together with their proposed location.
  • Recommend to the Mayor and Common Council suitable practices and procedures for the cataloging, care and maintenance of all works of art belonging to the city.
  • Make periodic reviews with the Mayor, at least annually, of all city capital improvement projects for the purpose of making recommendations on appropriations for works of art.
  • Submit annually a capital budget request based on plans for the conservation of city-owned works of art, plans for the commissioning of new works of art, and the Commission's review and recommendations of projects enhancing the general aesthetic appearance of city property.
  • Advise the Mayor and Common Council concerning the removal or relocation of any works of art presently owned by the City of Buffalo.
  • Advise the Mayor and Common Council concerning the acceptance or declination of works of art offered to the city.
  • Apply for and administer federal, state, and other grants, loans or appropriations for the Commission's acquisition or maintenance of works of art.
  • Assist the city in the formation of city ordinances and policies designed to promote, enhance and strengthen the arts in Buffalo.
  • Hold meetings open to the public to receive comments on Commission activities.
  • Promote the artistic life of city neighborhoods with particular attention paid to preserving and promoting cultural diversity.
  • Serve as official representatives of the Mayor at various arts and cultural functions.