Anthony Bannon, two-time director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State, announced he will retire on July 1.
His departure is timed to coincide with the end of the center’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
“The entire Buffalo State community thanks Tony for his leadership of the Burchfield Penney Art Center and his commitment to the artists, artistic expression, and cultivation of art in Western New York,” said Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner.
“Over the past five years, the Burchfield Penney Art Center has had the good fortune to be led by Anthony Bannon,” added Carol Kociela, chair of the center’s Board of Trustees. “His return in 2012 reenergized and brought new focus to the Burchfield Penney as a cultural center with programming in poetry, music, literature, dance, and more.”
Bannon returned to the Burchfield Penney in 2012 after serving 16 years as the director of George Eastman House, the International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester.
Center trustees have commenced a national search for a new director.