WNYBAC Welcomes Eric!

After several months of interviews and scores of applications, The Western New York Book Arts Collaborative (WNYBAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Jackson-Forsberg to the position of Executive Director.

Mr. Jackson-Forsberg has worked in Western New York within museums and cultural institutions for over thirteen years, first at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University and most recently with the Martin House Restoration Corporation (MHRC), where he served as curator for nine years.

During that time, Jackson-Forsberg contributed to the unprecedented restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex, including the total reconstruction of three of the five historic buildings. He also contributed to the implementation of the award-winning design for the Greatbatch Pavilion (the Martin House visitor center) and its interpretive film and exhibits, completed a historic furnishings report to guide the re-installation of furnishings in the Martin House, and produced the first comprehensive book on the art glass of the Martin House Complex. Jackson-Forsberg contributed to fundraising, grant writing and the collection-building efforts at the Martin House; served on the organization’s first strategic planning committee to help chart the future of the MHRC; and He has developed and implemented educational programming, including docent training, lectures and special events. Parallel to his work as Martin House curator, he has taught Art and Architectural History courses at Canisius College, and contributed exhibition reviews to Artvoice.

A long-time supporter of WNYBAC, Jackson-Forsberg collaborated with WNYBAC founder and outgoing Executive Director, Richard Kegler on several projects throughout the history of the organization. The first major WNYBAC project was a suite of prints produced in 2005 which included a letterpress printed poem by Eric along with several notable printmakers focused on the theme “Western NY” and/or “the book arts”. In the past year, a rendition of the Darwin D. Martin House was added to WNYBAC’s unique line of letterpress prints of Western New York landmarks under the consultation of Jackson-Forsberg. Eric will continue to work with Kegler who will retain the role of artistic director and with the existing staff of WNYBAC to bring this relatively young organization into its next phase of operations. Kegler states: “The board and staff of WNYBAC are confident that we have chosen the best possible candidate for this position and pleased that such a well-versed person is equally enthusiastic about the potential of what WNYBAC can still accomplish”.

Jackson-Forsberg received his BA from Hamilton College, and his MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo. He lives in Buffalo with his wife, an educational consultant, and son, a student at City Honors School.

Partial funding for this new position was granted through the Oishei Foundation with anticipation based on WNYBAC’s earned revenue model they will be able to completely self-fund this position in two years.

Mr. Jackson-Forsberg will be joining the Book Arts Collaborative officially on May 7th.