Visual Arts

Artists Seen: Anthony Bannon

by / Aug. 10, 2016 12am EST

Anthony Bannon is an artist, arts administrator, writer, and educator. He was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, and earned a B.S. from St. Bonaventure University in 1964, followed by both an M.A. in media studies in 1976 and a Ph.D. in cultural studies in 1994 from the English Department at SUNY Buffalo. He began his career as a filmmaker and a journalist, working as the arts editor and critic for the Buffalo Evening News and the Buffalo News from 1969 to 1985. Bannon served as the director of Cultural Affairs at Buffalo State College and director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center from 1985 to 1996. In 1996 he became the director of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York, a role he held until 2012, at which point he returned to the directorship of the Burchfield Penney. He is noted for his leadership in the arts, cultural affairs, historic research, and arts administration including the J. Dudley Johnson award for excellence in the history and criticism of photography from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. For more information on Anthony Bannon, visit

Artists Seen: Photographs of Artists in the 21st Century is an ongoing project by photographer David Moog in partnership with the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. Moog has set out to make portraits of every self-identified working artist and arts professional in Western New York. To be included in the project, call David Moog directly at 716-472-6721 or contact the center at 716-878-4131. Artists working in all media are welcome; visit for more information.