High level interest in the Niagara Frontier by the government of Mongolia is continuing, with the recent visit of a delegation that included Mongolia’s Ambassador to the United States Bulgaa Altangerel, Deputy Foreign Minister Damba Gankhuyag, Mongolia’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Bira Pagva, Ph.D., Colonel and Chairman of the National Authority Police Force.
Educational, cultural and trade issues were all on the agenda, with meetings set up with Daemen College President Gary Olson, Seymour Knox of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, and representatives of the Seneca Gaming Corp. The delegation’s visit was the latest in a series of meetings that began in 2006.
The Ambassador’s credentials are impressive, to say the least. Altangerel was handpicked at an early age by the Mongolian Foreign Ministry to receive a university education and eventually work for it. He earned a Master’s degree in International Law at the Moscow Institute of International Relations in 1979, a Master’s degree in Political Science at the Moscow Institute of Political Science in 1990, and a PhD in International Law at Ukraine’s Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University in 2003.
In 1992, he was a visiting fellow for International Law and International Public Affairs at Columbia University, and from 1993 to 1997 he served as chair of the International Law Department at the Mongolian National University.
Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to the U.S. in 2012, he served as Mongolia’s Ambassador to Great Britian. Altangerel speaks Russian, English and Spanish. An enthusiastic equestrian, he owns a dozen horses and even attended Royal Ascot while posted to London.
Daemen College hosts an outstanding wound care program and physical therapy department as well as its International Center for Excellence in Animation, whose representatives have entered into memoranda of understanding for each of the Daemen programs.
“This is a momentous day for Daemen College,” said President Olson. “Today we have agreed to embark on an ambitious course that will help both Daemen and Mongolia achieve their
Daemen and Mongolian officials will work out the details of the new agreements over the next few months, according to Mike Brogan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.
“The collaborations we are exploring will potentially benefit both our students and our faculty,” Brogan added. “We are furthering Daemen’s strategic plan, which guides us to expand our international profile and programs.”
On the cultural front, the Mongolians have shown their continued cultural interest in modern and contemporary Western Art, and discussed the possibility of traveling exhibits between the two countries.
Seymour Knox, who also serves as a Trustee at Daemen College, hosted meetings of the diplomats interested in the modern art holdings at the gallery.
The Mongolians were particularly interested in meeting with Janne Sirén, formerly the director of the Helsinki Art Museum in Finland.. Dr. Sirén is believed to be the first director from the Nordic region to take the helm of a major American art museum.
The gallery’s collection is especially rich in post-war American and European art, acquired mostly through the generosity of its patron, the late Seymour H. Knox, Jr. Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, and art from the 1970s through the end of the century are well represented by exceptional works from Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns.
Since its inception as The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy in 1862, the gallery has been dedicated to acquiring, exhibiting, and preserving modern and contemporary art, with a particular emphasis on the collection, presentation, and interpretation of the artistic expressions of our times.
Mongolian interest in Western New York has been spurred on by Honorary Mongolian Counsel in the United States Carmen Cabell and Niagara Falls Redevelopment Vice President Roger Trevino.
Cabell is an entrepreneur and successful businessman, having created successful businesses in such diverse fields as construction, insurance security, hospitality and international trade. He is also a philanthropist and diplomat who has dedicated many years and resources for the benefit of his community, and to the enhancement of the relationship of his country with other countries around the world.
Trevino is familiar to Western New Yorkers as the face of Niagara Falls Redevelopment, the company owned by New York City real estate mogul Howard Milstein. Previously, Trevino built the multi-million dollar Jim Kelly Enterprises around Hall of Fame former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, whose career he successfully managed.