Gerald Mead is an independent curator, art collector and arts writer who is a leading authority on WNY art. A former longtime curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, he 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 artworks - small scale, photographic and found material collages and assemblages - are in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, George Eastman Museum, Brooklyn Art Library, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Castellani Art Museum, Sprint Foundation, and the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction in Santa Fe, NM. They have also been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the US and in Canada, Australia, Great Britain, France, Poland, Russia, and China, and are published in six collegiate textbooks. Retrospectives of his artwork have been presented at the Castellani Art Museum, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, SUNY Geneseo and the Crary Art Gallery in Warren, PA. Mead has lectured on his work at Cambridge University and Chautauqua Institution and received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. He earned his MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo where he was a Deans Scholar and he is a Lecturer Emeritus of Art & Design at SUNY Buffalo State. In 2020, Mead received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Niagara University.