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Throughout its evolution from the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy to the Albright Art Gallery and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, our museum has been led by dedicated and talented directors whose collective contributions have given rise to one of the world’s most extraordinary art collections. Among the museum’s past leaders are the first female director of a major art museum in the United States and a member of the Monuments Men during World War II.

Charles M. Kurtz

January 1905–March 1909

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William M. Hekking

March 1925–September 1931

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Gordon B. Washburn

October 1931–February 1942

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Edgar C. Schenck

September 1949–July 1955

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Gordon M. Smith

September 1955–June 1973

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Robert T. Buck, Jr.

July 1973–July 1983

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Douglas G. Schultz

December 1983–December 2002

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Louis Grachos

January 2003–December 2012

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Janne Sirén, PhD

April 2013–Present

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