Judges | Bob Scalise


Judge: May



Robert Scalise is the director of UB Art Galleries, where he provides leadership and vision to the university’s two gallery spaces: UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts and UB Anderson Gallery. Scalise is dedicated to the university’s mission for academic excellence and service to the community through fostering collaboration and advancing the university’s art collections and exhibitions.

Before being appointed director in 2019, Scalise spent the last three years leading UB Art Galleries in an acting capacity and eighteen years of service in a number of positions. As acting director, Scalise expanded the UB Art Galleries’ permanent collection and secured significant acquisitions valued at over $5,000,000.  A recipient of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award of Excellence for his leadership in building the Cravens World open-storage collection, Scalise has focused his energy on cultivating donors and engaging communities. Scalise also led the development of the Connect Gallery with support from Conventus on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus as a community art space in a citywide outreach effort.

With over two decades of museum experience, Scalise has curated over thirty exhibitions and executed key collections driven projects at UB Art Galleries. Most recently, he organized Take Five, WOMEN in ABSTRACTION, Sam Richardson: Intimate Landscape, Claire Falkenstein: Time Elements, and The Language of Objects. Active in the Western New York arts community, Scalise has served on boards and committees with Roswell Park’s Alliance Art Committee, Western New York Book Arts Center, and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Scalise regularly lectures on exhibition planning and design as well as collections care and management.

Scalise has worked as an independent arts consultant for numerous private art collectors on art installation, shipping, public art, and collections care and management and is a highly respected expert in the field. Before his time with UB, Scalise worked as exhibition coordinator for renowned art dealer David K. Anderson where he oversaw exhibitions, collections management and assisted with sales dealing directly with collectors, auction houses, private dealers and museums.