SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with Wesley Brett


Interview with Wesley Brett


Sister Martin Joseph Jones

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Wesley Fiske Brett was born on April 19, 1914. In 1937, he received his B.Ed. in English from Keene Teachers College. He taught elementary and high school. He received his M.Ed. in English in 1949 from the University of New Hampshire. While doing his graduate work, he was hired as an Assistant Professor in the new art department at the University where he taught stagecraft. During his time at the University of New Hampshire Mr. Brett was in charge of the Student Workshop (an experimental arts laboratory).

In 1959, Mr. Brett became an associate professor of art at the State University College at Buffalo. In 1960, he was commissioned to design a room divider for the college’s use. He called it “Metaphors in Black Walnut.” It was dedicated in 1963 and placed in Moot Hall. It is now located in the E.H. Butler Library. Prof. Brett created the wood design studio at State University College at Buffalo. He retired in 1979. Wesley Brett passed away on October 30, 2013.


SUNY Buffalo State Oral History Project, 1975-1995

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Interview with Wesley Brett