RESOURCE:ART is a unique collaboration that brings together the talents of three independent Western New York gallerists.

About RESOURCE:ART

ANNA KAPLAN

Anna Kaplan Contemporary is owned and operated by Anna Kaplan. Kaplan was born and raised in Buffalo and after spending sometime in New York, she returned to the area to pursue her dream of opening a contemporary art gallery. Kaplan holds a MA in the History of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center and a BA in Art History and Italian Studies from Brown University. Kaplan is former Curatorial Assistant at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery where she was also Project Manager of the major multi-venue regional exhibition, Beyond/In Western New York 2007. Anna’s foray in commercial gallery work began when she launched BT&C Gallery (Body of Trade and Commerce Gallery) in 2013, opening in a physical gallery space at 1250 Niagara Street in June of 2014. The gallery rebranded as Anna Kaplan Contemporary in September 2017 and opened in a newly renovated space at the same address.

ELISABETH SAMUELS

Elisabeth Samuels is a painter, curator & educator, currently Director at Indigo Gallery. Born in Chicago, she received a BA from Indiana University, studied at The Art Institute of Chicago, and UNC program Figline Valdarno, Italy, and received a MFA in Painting and an MA in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin Madison. For more than 25 years Samuels has worked in the fine art field using her curatorial skill set in both educational and gallery settings, as well as through community engagement. Samuels is the cofounder of Artists in Buffalo and the current incarnation of Allentown First Fridays. 

EMILY TUCKER

Emily Tucker, Director of Benjaman Gallery Group, grew up in the art gallery her parents founded in 1970.  She has always been surrounded by fine art and has developed a keen eye for quality.  After spending years working in the financial world of New York City, Tucker took a job at Macklowe Gallery on Madison Avenue. At Macklowe, Tucker learned how to work with high-end collectors and market investment quality fine art.  In 2010, Tucker returned home to Buffalo take over the family fine art gallery. Since then, she has been using her vast and varied experiences in New York to expand the family business to an international market, including launching a second Buffalo location, which will focus on contemporary art (scheduled to open in Summer 2016).

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