The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art (BICA) was founded in June 2018 with a mission to break down the barriers between the art world and the rest of the world and to make lives better through practical engagements with contemporary art. Co-founded by curator Emily Ebba Reynolds and artist and Buffalo native Nando Alvarez-Perez, BICA emerged out of our desire to reframe contemporary art around issues of regional community, creating a plurality of art worlds, and reconceiving art as a practical tool which can be used to reshape the world around it.



Emily Ebba Reynolds


Emily Ebba Reynolds is a curator and arts administrator with over ten years of experience in museums, art centers, and exhibition venues. She is the co-founder and director of the Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art (BICA), and the Marketing Director at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. She is a founding partner of Bass & Reiner Gallery, an experimental gallery in San Francisco, where she curated from 2014-2017. She holds a masters degree in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bachelors in Art History from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Nando Alvarez-Perez

Vice President & Treasurer

Nando Alvarez-Perez is an artist, photographer, and educator. He is the co-founder and director of the Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe and North America. He holds a masters in fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a bachelors in Film Studies from Hunter College. Nando has worked as a Creative Lead at Airbnb, and taught classes at the California College of the Arts, Alfred University, and the University of Rochester, and currently works as a freelance photographer.


Board of Directors

Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Andrea Alvarez, Curatorial Assistant, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Ryan Arthurs, Artist

Kyla Kegler, Artist & Teacher

Chris Ryan, M&T Bank