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Buffalo Seminary students gathered in the school’s chapel last Friday to listen to guest speaker Gerald Mead discuss his art collection.

Each year, a local artist visits Buffalo Seminary to speak to the students and faculty about art and donate some work to Sem. The artwork is later displayed throughout the school.

Mead’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery. He has helped to organize more than 150 art exhibitions for museums, and writes about art. Mead has been featured in several art textbooks as well, and he collects art.

He spoke to the Buffalo Seminary students about some of the artwork he has collected, and a little history about female artists. He said the first female photographer was from Rochester.

During his presentation, he showed the students a slideshow. Most of the art he discussed was Buffalo-related (the Erie Canal and grain elevators, for example). He told the students about the art and gave some of the history behind it.

This was the 31st year that Sem has had a guest speaker donate artwork.

Aerin Wagner is a freshmen at Buffalo Seminary.