Shirley Tokash Verrico joins BAS as the new Curator!

Shirley Tokash Verrico is the new Curator for Buffalo Arts Studio.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts and Humanities with concentrations in Art History and English. She comes to BAS with over 15 years of curatorial, educational and managerial experience in area art galleries and cultural organizations. Her approach to curating and arts management, regardless of the institution, reflects her firm belief that contemporary art can and must be accessible and meaningful to diverse audiences.

Shirley has planned and coordinated literary, performing and visual arts events and exhibitions  throughout Erie, Niagara and Genesee Counties.  She served as Director of the Roz Steiner Art Gallery in Batavia, where she curated, installed and promoted six exhibitions annually.  She also originated, organized, and promoted visiting tours, the Lunch & Learn speaker series, and a workshop for future business people titled “Professional Etiquette in Cultural Spaces.”  Her community outreach included a partnership with the Mental Health Association of Genesee County to establish a special exhibition space on their site.  This space featured area artists that supported the daily mission of this important organization.

As the Director of Niagara County Community College Art Gallery, she designed and facilitated curriculum integration opportunities for exhibitions and incorporated campus-wide needs assessment into gallery programming.  Providing professors with study guides and lesson templates encouraged them to integrate exhibitions into their syllabi.  At the Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda, she curated exhibitions, planned workshops and collaborated with organizations throughout Niagara County.  She worked directly with under-served populations to develop and implement meaningful programming that resulted in increased attendance.

Shirley lives in Williamsville with her husband Jamie and three children, Maggie, Michaela and James. Along with her love of art, Shirley has great passion for gardening and cooking.

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