Education, art, international events and their Buffalo connections will come together next month during the 35th annual World Affairs Citation Banquet.
The Buffalo Council on World Affairs is honoring D. Bruce Johnstone, former chancellor of the State University of New York, and Seymour H. Knox III, president of the board of directors of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, at the May 18 event.
The Council also will recognize the contributions of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the first time in the gallery's history for such an honor.
"We seek to choose honorees who have made an impact in not only the community but on the international level," said banquet co-chairman Wayne D. Wisbaum, adding that the three "crisscross each other in their accomplishments."
Johnstone served as chancellor of the State University of New York from 1988 to 1994. Prior to that appointment, he was president of Buffalo State College for nine years. He is a leading authority on the economics and finance of higher education.
"He has done as much in the international field as anyone I've known from Buffalo," Wisbaum said.
Knox has followed in his father's footsteps as a patron of the arts. Seymour H. Knox Jr. served the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy for 60 years. The council honored him two decades ago.
Seymour H. Knox III now serves as president of the board of directors of the academy governing the art gallery that bears his father's name.
He is chairman of Niagara Frontier Hockey (the Buffalo Sabres) and has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He serves on many community organizations and has received a number of honors for his service to the community.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is being honored for the "tremendous impact" it has had on the Buffalo community and the world, Wisbaum said.
The banquet will start with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Statler Golden Ballroom, followed by dinner at 6:30.
Buffalo native Tim Russert, moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press" and political analyst for the NBC Nightly News and the "Today" program, will give the main address.