BATAVIA, NY -- Genesee Community College has selected Shirley Verrico as the new full-time Roz Steiner Art Gallery director. Shirley Verrico comes to GCC with a wealth of gallery management experience. In addition to her gallery management duties, Shirley will also instruct classes in art history, gallery management and other fine arts courses.
As the new gallery director, Shirley will focus on organizing calls for art submissions and managing the exhibition calendar, communicating with artists to plan professional exhibits and with faculty and staff to schedule student exhibitions, work with students and artists to hang and take down gallery shows, prepare for art receptions, and integrate gallery experiences into college coursework.
Prior to working at Genesee, Shirley was the director of the Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda, NY for two years and left that position to work for Young Audiences of WNY, Inc., an arts-in-education organization that serves the eight counties of Western New York. During that time, she also began teaching Art History for Medaille College's Accelerated Learning Program. Shirley has also worked for Niagara County Community College where she taught Art History and eventually became director of the campus art gallery. Most recently, she has taught for Medaille College and served as an Instructional Design Consultant as they converted traditional courses for the online format.
"I saw an advertisement for a Gallery Director in the Buffalo News and immediately recognized the description for my "dream job." I researched the gallery and campus and was very impressed with the College's vision and growth," Shirley said. "I am looking forward to sharing this amazing space with the regional arts community who will in-turn share their work and talent with our GCC community. I am certain we will have many wonderful exhibition proposals when artists see the potential of this space."
Shirley grew up in Grand Island, NY and stayed local for her college education. She holds a bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Buffalo (UB), a master's of Arts and Humanities in Art History and English from UB and a post-baccalaureate certification in K-12 Art Education from Buffalo State College.
Outside of work, Shirley enjoys gardening and cooking as well as spending time with her husband of 15 years Jamie, and their three children Maggie, 12; Michaela, 10; and James, 5. Shirley currently resides in Clarence, NY.
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