Bannon's announcement of retirement last year allowed a number of
institutions time to offer the celebrated George Eastman House Director
new positions. Bannon accepted a post at Buffalo State College.
from retirement Bannon will take a dual role at Buffalo State- he will
work on community service and volunteerism with the college president
and will lead the Burchfield-Penny Art Center as Executive Director.
Bannon had served as Director of the Center for 11 years in the mid 80's
- mid 90's. He will search for and groom the Center's next Director.
will be missed at George Eastman House; with 16 years of dedication to
the institution, Bannon is the longest-serving Director. Notable
accomplishments are many, but perhaps some of the most relevant were the
leadership he inspired related to digital photographic media and image
sharing. In the 90's when digital was new and perhaps seemed trite or
fleeting, Bannon "pushed hard;" George Eastman House is also a leader in
social media with an award-winning track redord. As one of the first
few to join flickr the institution now has an astonishing 200,000 images
available for view online through the site. Bannon's foresight will be
missed by the George Eastman House but certainly be of beneficial growth
to Buffalo State College.
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