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Fredonia Technology Incubator to host Buffalo artist Anthony Leone
Friday, December 30, 2016

Fredonia Technology Incubator to host Buffalo artist Anthony Leone

Man in hat, 2015, acrylic on panel

Buffalo artist Anthony Leone will be featured at the Fredonia Technology Incubator to showcase his creative paintings and works on paper.

The exhibition will be held at the FTI Art Gallery Feb. 6 through March 10. The gallery is free and open to the public, and hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A reception with the artist is slated for Friday, Feb. 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the incubator at 214 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. Registration is encouraged online.The link is also available on the Fredonia Technology Incubator home page. Light refreshments will be provided.

“Growing up in the area, I have witnessed many changes that have reshaped the economic and cultural landscape of Chautauqua County over the past 30 years. This region and the people in it have been a major influence on my development as an artist and a person,” said Mr. Leone. “The incubator is fostering exactly the kind of development that this region needs to sustain its vitality and realize its full potential. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to work with them.”

Leone’s work has been exhibited throughout the country at museums and galleries including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Carnegie Museum of Art, La Vie Gallery, Venice Projects, North Adams Contemporary Artists Center, Studio Blomster (Guerneville, Calif.) and 3rd on 3rd Gallery in Jamestown, where he co-curated the 2014 exhibition “Strange Allure.”

Leone grew up on a grape farm in Fredonia and began exhibiting in the area at the age of 14. In 1993, he commenced an intensive study program in painting and art history with SUNY Distinguished Professor of Painting Alberto Rey that would last four years. He went on to receive the Chancellor’s Scholarship from Syracuse University, where he studied painting and art history from 1997 to 1999. Following his time at Syracuse, Leone traveled extensively and would live and work in Philadelphia, Pa.; North Adams, Mass.; Pittsburgh, Pa., and Los Angeles, Calif., where he held the position of Associate Director at the acclaimed ACE Gallery Beverly Hills. Leone has received numerous awards for his work including the Syracuse University Crouse College Commemorative Award and the National Society of Arts and Letters Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.

The exhibit was installed by Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery Director Barbara Racker, who oversees the FTI Gallery. Those interested in more information regarding the exhibit, or to arrange for a facility tour, are encouraged to contact Monica Kemp, FTI program manager via email or call (716) 680-6009.

The Fredonia Technology Incubator promotes economic growth in Western New York by supporting entrepreneurship and the development of new, innovative companies into successful business ventures. The incubator is part of Fredonia’s Division of Engagement and Economic Development (EED), established in 2013 to facilitate and support university-community collaborations that enhance the intellectual, cultural, artistic and economic vibrancy of the region.

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