Alex Nyerges was born and raised in Rochester, where he attended School No. 28 and East High School. His parents were art lovers who often took their four sons to the Gallery, and he has fond early memories of the Clothesline Festival and the Creative Workshop. Nyerges’s interest in art continued to grow after he headed off to George Washington University, where he ultimately earned his master’s in museum studies.
From GWU he went on to a career as an administrator at such prestigious institutions as the Dayton Art Institute, where he was director and CEO from 1992 to 2006, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where he is currently in his seventh year as director.
Nyerges’s many interests include photography, on which he has written and lectured widely. Among the major traveling exhibits he has organized are studies of two iconic American photographers, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. So it’s not surprising that photography is well represented in this year’s Finger Lakes, with more than 30 examples.
Nyerges was back in his hometown for the July 13 exhibition opening, where he revealed his choices for five juror awards.