Jo Buffalo

Title: Professor Emerita

Company: Cazenovia College

Location: Syracuse, New York, United States

Jo Buffalo, Professor Emerita at Cazenovia College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Fine Arts.

Ms. Buffalo has been a celebrated ceramics and illustration artist and fine arts educator, recognized in 2017 as professor emerita of Cazenovia College. She is known for her thesis illustration “Dispersal and Habitat Preferences of the Black tailed Prairie Dog” and the Bureau of Land Management Cultural Series #13,” Archaeological Resources in South Western Colorado”. Ms. Buffalo’s art is preserved in collections all over the world, notably with luminary galleries at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse and Consolidated Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, Massachusetts, as well as private collections in Hong Kong, Singapore, Osaka, Kansas, Colorado, Dallas, Denver, and New York. She was presented with an Alfred Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who of American Women.

Born to Richard Trevor Gross and Dolores Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Buffalo attributes her success to not quitting and perseverance. She believes “life smacks you down and you have to pick yourself up. No one is excused.” She began teaching ceramics at Syracuse University as early as 1974 and became headmistress of St. Lucia’s, Raruowa, in South Nyanza, Kenya from 1976 to 1979. Ms. Buffalo was featured in 1981 with the “New Works in Clay III” exhibition at the Everson Museum, launching her prolific art career. She attended Syracuse University to earn a BFA in ceramics, followed by an MFA in illustration in 1985. One of her first projects was working to install “A Century of Ceramics in the United States 1878-1978”, and as a technical assistant with Margie Hughto on a ceramic mural for the Niagara Transportation Authority in Buffalo, New York. Since then, Ms Buffalo has continued to make and teach art.

As a prolific leader in the New York art community, Ms. Buffalo was chair of the grants redistribution panel for the New York State Council on the Arts in 1992 and 1993, and worked with numerous arts groups in New York. She was active with numerous committees at Cazenovia College, ultimately becoming co-chair and chair of the program assessment committee from 2003 to 2006. Her contribution was recognized in 1999 with a Presidential Scholarship from Cazenovia, following a 1997 James Renwick Senior Fellowship from the National Museum of American Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution. Additionally, Ms. Buffalo volunteered for 10 years with her standard poodle Tissot, who was trained as a pet therapy service dog, at the psychiatric ward of the University Hospital in Syracuse.

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