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UB Anderson Gallery
Who We Are
The UB Anderson Gallery building, along with over 1,200 works of art, was donated to the University in 2000 by collector and gallery owner David K. Anderson, son of legendary New York gallerist Martha Jackson. As home to the University at Buffalo’s permanent art collection, the UB Anderson Gallery is a museum that manages and exhibits the university’s art collections and serves as a venue for scholarly exhibitions. A generous donation in 2008 from Buffalo collector, Annette Cravens of more than 1,100 objects nearly doubled the collection and globally extended the representation of world arts from modern to ancient times. A unique and distinctively designed Open-Storage Study Room provides visible access to the entire Cravens collection. The UB Anderson Gallery provides students with hands-on experiences in museum studies and arts management while offering faculty and graduate students curatorial opportunities.
Situated within the University Heights neighborhood not far from the South Campus,, the UB Anderson Gallery has become a cultural crossroads and an important part of the Western New York arts scene. Located in University Heights, it plays a vital role in the community by offering innovative educational programs and working collaboratively with other local institutions to highlight collections and present scholarly exhibitions focused primarily on the post-war period.
Future plans for the gallery includes the creation of a Research and Object-Based Study Room and improved access to the Martha Jackson Gallery Archives.
The mission of the UB Anderson Gallery, the University at Buffalo’s museum and home to UB’s Arts Management Masters Program, is education, research and maintenance of the University’s permanent collection. It provides an adventuresome and accessible environment, therefore offering a rich cultural resource to the campus, scholars, regional communities and the public. The museum fulfills its educational mission by presenting exhibitions and programs in support of the curriculum, and by providing study and research opportunities. The Gallery is dedicated to collaboration between the university, cultural institutions and the community in order to enrich our educational programs.
The son of New York gallerist Martha Jackson (1907-1969), David K. Anderson fell in love with abstract art as a high school student, inspired by a Willem de Kooning painting which hung in the living room where he did his homework each evening. While pursuing business studies at the University at Buffalo, Anderson spent summers working in New York City at the Martha Jackson Gallery, where he used his administrative skills and keen appreciation of modern art to help the gallery remain competitive within a burgeoning art market.
A prominent gallerist and collector in his own right, Anderson began to deal independently in 1959, specializing in the prints of abstract expressionist artists. In 1961, he opened a gallery in Paris, expanding his stable to include major European artists. Returning to Manhattan six years later, he assisted his mother before taking over her gallery upon her death in 1969.
Believing that he could have the best of both worlds—run a gallery in New York City and raise a family in Western New York—Anderson commuted between New York and Buffalo for many years. “When I first saw the abandoned school building that would become my Buffalo gallery, located in the student residential section near UB, I bought it with the intention of sharing it with the university,” he says.
Anderson converted the building into a state-of-the-art exhibition space and managed it as a commercial gallery beginning in 1991 before donating it to the University at Buffalo in 2000. His gift also included a collection of 1,200 works of art, extensive archives from the Martha Jackson and David Anderson galleries, and an endowment to assist with exhibition and gallery support.