The Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts Program
at Daemen College 
in collaboration with Arts Services Inc.,
Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, CEPA Gallery and Crucible Art Collective
A Celebration of Emerging Artists

EMERGENCE is a two month celebration of early career artists who have already made a professional impact in their fields. Through juried art shows, performances, lectures, and panel discussions, EMERGENCE will shine the spotlight on young and emerging artists whose work is at the cutting edge and whose early careers have already begun to make a difference in the cultural life of Western New York. Artists selected for EMERGENCE will be celebrated as the people to watch as new generations continue to shape the artistic landscape of the region.

Best in show prize awards a $1,000 sponsorship towards an emerging artist’s next creative endeavor.

Galleries & Exhibition Dates

  • The Crucible Arts Collective: March 18th-29th
  • Daemen College Tower Gallery: April 7th-22nd
  • Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology: April 14-29th

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Key Speaker: Edreys Wajed—Artist & Entrepreneur 

  • April 7th, 5:30pm at Daemen College Tower Gallery
Edreys Wajed sitting and holding a paint brush

Edreys Wajed

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. From touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, to writing a play based off his poetry;  Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, seven of whom he painted with his unique style and use of line as well as the John Lewis and Love Black Murals in Buffalo, New York.

Partners & Collaborators

Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology
Arts Services Inc
CEPA Gallery