Through These Gates: Buffalo’s First African American Architect
The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State today announced it will present Through These Gates: Buffalo’s First African American Architect, John E. Brent which will be on view Friday, October 9, 2015 through Sunday, March 27, 2016. The exhibition will explore significant contributions to architectural and landscape design by John Edmonston Brent (1889-1962) in the Greater Buffalo–Niagara region, and show how he served as a community mentor and role model who paved the way for many black architects to follow. In addition to his design work, Brent became the first president of the Buffalo Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which he helped to found in November 1914. Recognized in the field for his accomplishments, Brent was a member of the American Institute of Architects. 

Through These Gates is co-curated by Christine Parker, SUNY at Buffalo State graduate student and Diversity Research Fellow and Nancy Weekly, Burchfield Penney Instructor of Museum Studies.