PUBLIC/PRIVATE: Pairings with Works from the Gerald Mead Collection

PUBLIC/PRIVATE: Pairings with Works from the Gerald Mead Collection

Mar 6, 2011 - Aug 14, 2011


PUBLIC/PRIVATE: Pairings with Works from the Gerald Mead Collection is a unique opportunity to bring together, for the first time, two important art collections—one defined and developed publicly and one assembled privately—that converge on the mutual passion for building and utilizing our collections to best serve art audiences in Western New York and beyond. Gerald Mead and the staff of the Castellani Art Museum utilize each collection respectively, through innovative exhibitions, distinctive installations and unique contextual perspectives.

Works by artists from the Castellani Art Museum’s permanent collection and Gerald Mead’s well-known private collection are displayed as dyads. The interdependence of public arts institutions and private collectors is illustrated, as well as the influence of Western New York’s premier art collectors, Armand Castellani, Seymour Knox and Charles Rand Penney, on Gerald Mead’s emergence as an art collector.

The role of private collectors, such as Gerald Mead, in supporting the arts is paramount to the strength and integrity of the creative process. Taking pleasure in the excitement of acquiring objects that he desires, Mead finds great satisfaction in living with these works in his own personal museum-like environment, and on occasion, generously donating works to the entire community by entrusting them to museums including the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University.

Click here to access a digital copy of the exhibit catalog.

Exhibition-related programs

Meet Me at the CAM: The Art of Art Collecting

Thursday, March 3, 2011

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Free members program


The MEAD Party: An Art Infused Celebration

Friday, April 29, 2011 6-8 p.m.

This unique fundraiser featured celebratory components created by regional artists including: Nancy Parisi, David Saracino, Zilly Rosen of Zillycakes, original musical score by Rob Lynch and Jonathan Hughes, videos by Kyle Butler and Sylvie Bélanger. There will also be a silent auction of works by artists represented in the Gerald Mead Collection. Ticket price $35 / Artists $50 / Friends


Panel Discussion: A Collectors Roadmap

Wednesday, August 10 7-9 p.m.

Gerald Mead will lead this informative panel discussion for art collectors and those who want to start a collection. Learn about the process of collecting, storing and caring for your collection. Additional panelists to be announced.

Click here to access participating artist at the Mead Event, which took place on Friday, April 29, 2011.