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Buffalo's Booming Arts Scene

Notwithstanding hard financial times for our cultural institutions, Western New York continues to be a great place to be an artist. For young artists, studio space is cheap, occasionally even free, the scene is supportive, and new exhibition spaces are forever popping up. (The Vault, for example, or Sugar City.) There are veteran artists who work in classic media and techniques (sculptor David Derner, for example, and actor Vincent O’Neill) to provide guidance and inspiration, as well as big galleries whose national and international reputations (Hallwalls, the Burchfield, Squeaky Wheel, the Albright-Knox) far outstrip what outsiders might expect of this shrinking, economically challenged region, and help to keep lines open between this region and the art world in other cities.

Our theater community is rich and diverse. Our dance community is growing, too. What better place to be an artist?

—geoff kelly

Nominees listed in no particular order. Winners will be announced at the Artvoice Best of Buffalo Party, Monday, May 9, 6-9pm, at Town Ballroom.

Best Cultural Asset Shea’s
Burchfield Penney
Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Best Arts Supporter Oishei Foundation
M&T Bank
Ed Cardoni
Robby Takac
Best Up-and-Coming Art Space The Vault
Sugar City
464 Gallery
Guerrilla Gallery
Best Genre-Defying Artist David Butler
Defiant Monkey Improv
Eclectic Company
Julian Montague
Comedy Sportz
Best Dancer Shane Fry
Bonne Jean taylor
Sergio Neglia
Nadia Ibrahim
Angela Lopez
Best Dance Company LehrerDance
Buffalo Inner City Ballet
Nadia Ibrahim Middle Eastern Dance
Best Movie Theater Dispon North Park
Dipson Amherst
Dipson Market Arcade
Movieland 8
Hamburg Palace
Best Painter A. J. Fries
Dorothy Fitzgerald
Jason Klinger
Chuck Tingley
Peter Fowler
Best Sculptor David Derner
Larry Griffis
Julie Silver
Scott Bye
William Koch
  Best Photographer Nancy J. Parisi
Luke Copping
Marcus L. Wise
Mark Callen
Chuck Alaimo
Best Video/Film Artist Jax DeLuca
Brian Milbrand
Jason Klinger
Brandon Williamson
Dominic Luongo
Best Street Artist Tom Holt
The Bubble Man
The Human iPod
Eric Starchild
Best Poet Aaron Lowinger
Celia White
Lisa Forrest
Janna Willoughby
Loren Keller
Best Writer Tom Waters
Jon Elston
Gary Earl Ross
Emanuel Fried
Justin Karcher
Best Spoken Word Artist Verniece Turner
Alex Mead
Josh Smith
Janna Willoughby, aka MC Vendetta
Rock Bottom 137
Best Theater Company Red Carpet Productions
Road Less Traveled
Theatre of Youth
Irish Classical
Best Actor/Actress Natalie Mack
Tim Newell
Matt Witten
Mary Kate O’Connell
Vincent O’Neill
Best Stand-Up Comic Mark Saldana
Kristen Becker
Rob Lederman
Josh Potter
Greg Bauch

Best of Buffalo 2011 Nominees

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