Daemen College Will Offer Talk on Creativity and Commerce February 8 in Rosary Hall

Daemen College Talk on “Creativity and Commerce” will Feature Douglas Dreishpoon, Senior Curator in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery


January 20, 2012



Contacts:     Mike Andrei

                  Director-College Relations




                              Dr. Laura Watts Sommer

                  Director-Visual and Performing Arts

                  Daemen College




Information: Daemen Conferences &

                 Events Office



Douglas Dreishpoon, Senior Curator in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will speak 7 p.m. February 8, 2012, in Rosary Hall on the Daemen College campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst.


This is the third event for 2011/2012 in the Sister Jeanne File Art History Lecture Series at Daemen. The title of Dreishpoon’s presentation will be "Creativity and Commerce." This event is free and open to the public. It is made possible, in part, with support from the New York Council for the Humanities and the Town of Amherst.   


“The presentation will address philosophical issues and questions that I, as a museum curator, continue to ponder,” notes Dreishpoon. “Some of the questions that we will address will include: How does creativity intersect with commerce? What are the dynamics of this relationship? Who stands to win and who stands to lose? How does the contemporary artist balance the need to make money with the creative urge to make art? And what happens inside the artist’s studio?"


Douglas Dreishpoon is chief curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. He has worked in museums for more than twelve years, as curator of collections at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1995 to 1998, and as curator of contemporary art at the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida from 1991 to 1995. His essays, interviews, and reviews have been published in numerous catalogues, magazines and journals, including Art in America, Art Journal, Art News, and Sculpture. Recent publications include The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Skira, 2011); Everything: Guillermo Kuitca, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980 – 2008 (Scala Publishers, 2009); and Robert Mangold: Beyond the Line, Paintings and Project 2000-2008 (Abrams Publishers, 2009). A former board member of the American Section of the International Association of Art Critics, Dreishpoon holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of the City University of New York.


The Sister Jeanne File Art History Memorial Lecture Series is named after Jeanne File, OSF, an art historian and internationally known calligrapher, who was one of seven Sisters of St. Francis who founded the former Rosary Hill College in 1947.


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