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This is a web design project by Autumn Evans for Professor Pabico's Web and Social Media Production class at SUNY Buffalo State.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center is a museum located on the campus of Buffalo State College and was founded in 1966. Dedicated to the art and vision of Charles E. Burchfield and distinguished artists of Buffalo, Niagara and Western New York. Through an affiliation with Buffalo State College, it encourages learning and celebration of a richly creative and diverse community.


Founded in 1966, the museum was originally called the Charles Burchfield Center. When it expanded its collection to include multimedia art in 1983, it was renamed the Burchfield Art Center. It was given its current name in 1994 in honor of local art collector Charles Rand Penney, who donated a large collection of works by Burchfield, as well as other assorted art pieces, to the museum. 23

The museum was originally located in Buffalo State's Rockwell Hall. In 2008, the museum moved to a newly constructed building on campus at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Rockwell Road. 4




The museum houses the world's largest collection of works by watercolor artist Charles Burchfield. 5 They also house the works of a variety of artists who lived or studied in New York State, including Cindy Sherman, Charles Clough, and Robert Longo. 6

Front Yard

On October 18, 2013, the museum debuted its Front Yard exhibit, which it calls the world's first permanent, environmentally-responsive, 24/7/365 outdoor audio and image experience. 7 Three steel towers in front of the museum project video onto its facade, while a 6.1-channel surround sound system provides audio. During the day, the exhibit plays audio. After sunset, it begins showing video. From sundown to sunrise, it shows only video. The audio and video clips are selected by a computer system, and change depending on the weather. The exhibit is an all-day, year-round permanent feature. 8

The project was co-designed by Buffalo State staff member Brian Milbrand and University of Buffalo professor Brad Wales. The artwork featured in the exhibit comes from a variety of local artists. New pieces are added to the exhibit's rotation every month. 9

Art Barge

In early 2014, the center, along with local artists and the Trans Empire Canal Corporation, announced plans to develop a mobile art gallery which it would float on a barge down the Erie Canal to New York City and back. The idea for the barge came from UB MFA graduate D. Olivier Delriue-Schulze.

The museum plans to build two barges: one that will remain in the gallery, and one that will perform the trips along the canal. Construction of the in-gallery barge is slated to begin in June, and the launch of the mobile barge is scheduled for next summer. 10

Gardenville Studio

A replica of Charles Burchfield's studio in Gardenville, New York, is on display in the museum. The set was created in 1998 with the intention of capturing the way it looked during Burchfield's final years. The set is a permanent fixture in the museum. 11

Current Exhibitions

The museum currently12 has 11 non-permanent exhibitions open to the public. Colleen Ludwig's "Shiver" is a three-walled room that employs infrared sensors and water valves to let water drip down the walls based on the viewer's location. The exhibit is open through June 22, 2014. 13

Semi-Automatic Chalkboard

"Roycroft from the Collection" is a collection of items originating from Elbert Hubbard's craftsmen community, which strongly influenced the development of American architecture and design in the early 20th century. The exhibit is open through March 30, 2014. 14

The Roycroft Collection

Timothy Noble's "The Semi-Automatic Chalkboard" is an automated drawing machine that creates pictures from an early 20th century schoolhouse on a chalkboard. It is on display through May 25, 2014. 15]

Marion Faller's "It's a Wonderful Display in the Community" is a collection of photographs depicting various rituals, festivals, and traditions as celebrated by Western New York. It is open through May 31, 2014. 16

"Melt" by Brian Milbrand uses time-lapse video to show pigmented ice melting to form watercolor paintings. It is open through March 18, 2014.17

"Biological Regionalism" by Alberto Rey maps the Scajacuada Creek through paintings, sculptures, and video.18 The exhibit also includes charts that show the contents of water samples taken from various points in the creek.19 It is on display until May 18, 2014.

The Burchfield has held two "Members Exhibitions," where any member was able to submit a piece of artwork and every piece was guaranteed to be put on exhibit. The first "Members Exhibition" was held in Rockwell Hall from December 14, 2011 to March 2nd, 2012. 20The second was held in the new Burchfield-Penney building from May 25, 2012 to August 26 of the same year. Members submitted 665 individual pieces of art for the second event. 21

The museum is one of the venues for the multimedia Beyond/In Western New York art exhibition, among others such as the Albright-Knox and CEPA Gallery. The first exhibition in 2005 featured artists from New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The second in 2010 featured artists exclusively living or working in the Western New York area, and had a theme of "Alternating Currents." 22

The museum currently displays various works of Charles Burchfield and other artists on rotation.


Add a caption The Burchfield Penney has 16 galleries, including the Gardenville Studio and Front Yard. The Grand Foyer, Community Gallery, Corridor Gallery, Display Cases, and Entrance Gallery are located throughout the halls and open spaces of the center.

The Anthony J. Sisti Gallery, Charles E. Burchfield Rotunda, Collection Study Gallery, East Gallery, Project Space, and Useum are located on the first floor.

The Charles Cary Rumsey Gallery, Margaret L. Wendt Gallery, R. William Doolittle Gallery, and Sylvia L. Rosen Gallery are located on the second floor.23

M&T Second Fridays

On the second Friday of every month, the art center holds special events for visitors. Past Fridays have included the opening of new exhibits, and future Fridays will have live performances and artist-led tours through the galleries. During the event, the museum extends its hours to eight p.m.24

Future Projects

In November 2013, the center announced plans to launch an outdoor theatre festival called the "Against the Grain Festival." Neil Wechsler, a playwright from Buffalo, created a two-hour adaptation of Goethe's Faust for the event. The festival is set to launch in July, and the Burchfield will be involved in the organization and promotion of the event. 25

Artists in Residency

The center began an artist-in-residency program in 2013. The first artist-in-residency was Jamestown artist Janelle Lynch, whose stay lasted throughout 2013. The second was Academy Award-nominated actor Robert Forster, who stayed for a week in November 2013. Writer Ishmael Reed is scheduled to be the next artist-in-residency. 26


The museum was listed as a destination in the New York Times article, "The 44 Places to Go in 2009." 27

Other Facilities

The Burchfield Cafe is located on the first floor of the museum. It sells deli meals, wine, and beer.28 The Museum Store sells works by local artisans as well as Burchfield prints and Burchfield-related merchandise.29 Coin-operated lockers and a coat room are available for visitors on the first floor of the gallery.30


The museum offers annual membership subscriptions. Members are able to enter the museum free of charge, participate in members-only events, and receive a discount at The Museum Store. Prices range from $45 for individual membership to $1000 for the Burchfield's Circle membership.31

All photos were taken by Autumn Evans.



1. As of December, 2010
2. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/the-museum/the-museum-history/
3. http://blogs.artvoice.com/avdaily/2011/09/30/the-collective-life-of-charles-rand-penney-program-and-book-signing/
4. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/locations/location:rockwell-hall/
5. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/collection/the-collection/
6. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/artists/
7. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/exhibitions/exhibition:10-18-2013-12-31-1969-the-front-yard-is-on-forever/
8. http://www.buffalonews.com/columns/colin-dabkowski/burchfield-penneys-front-yard-is-an-entrancing-experiment-in-outdoor-art-20131019
9. http://www.buffstaterecord.com/1590/news/front-yard-features-video-art-with-projection-towers/
10. http://artvoice.com/issues/v13n1/art_scene
11. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/exhibitions/exhibition:12-19-2011-12-19-2016-charles-e-burchfield-s-gardenville-studio/
12. As of February 2014
13. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/exhibitions/exhibition:08-09-2013-06-22-2014-colleeen-ludwig-shiver/
14. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/exhibitions/exhibition:07-15-2013-01-12-2014-roycroft-from-the-collection/
15. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/exhibitions/exhibition:12-13-2013-05-25-2014-timothy-noble/
16. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/exhibitions/exhibition:12-13-2013-12-13-2013-marion-faller-it-s-a-wonderful-display-in-the-neighborhood/
17. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/exhibitions/exhibition:02-09-2014-05-18-2014-melt/
18. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/exhibitions/exhibition:02-14-2014-05-18-2014-biological-regionalism-alberto-rey/
19. http://www.buffstaterecord.com/2503/news/water-makes-a-splash-at-burchfield-penney/
20. http://artvoice.com/issues/v6n50/see_you_there/artists_among_us_the_burchfield_penneys_members_exhibition
21. http://artvoice.com/issues/v11n23/art_scene/artists_among_us
22. http://beyondinwny.org/history/
23. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/exhibitions/the-galleries/
24. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/events/event:03-14-2014-5-30pm-march-mandt-second-friday/
25. http://www.buffalonews.com/life-arts/buffalo-playwright-and-burchfield-penney-plan-outdoor-theater-festival-20131123
26. http://www.buffstaterecord.com/1850/news/academy-award-nominated-actor-aids-students-in-theatrical-endeavor/
27. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/01/11/travel/20090111_DESTINATIONS.html?_r=0
28. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/visit/the-museum-cafe/
29. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/visit/the-museum-store/
30. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/visit/visitor-information/visitor-faqs/
31. http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/support/membership-benefits/