Albright art school buffalo fine arts academy

DEFINITION

An art school in Buffalo, New York whose predecessor was the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, founded in 1862. The Academy became the parent organization of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, a museum built between 1900 and 1905 in Buffalo, New York. The school was named for benefactor John J. Albright (1848-1931), whose fortune came from steel and coal industries. (Knox was a merchant whose store holdings grew to 596 in the early 1900s and became F.W. Woolworth Company.) Among the Art School teachers were Virginia Cuthbert Elliott, and her husband, Philip Elliott, who served as Director from 1941 to 1954. Sources: http://www.buffaloah.com/h/alb/index.html; http://www.buffaloah.com/h/knox/bios/index.html

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