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Burchfield Penney Art Center

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Established  1966
Type  art museum
Phone  +1 716-878-6011
Location  Buffalo State College
Public transit access  Metro Bus 20
Director  Anthony Bannon
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Collection size  Over 8500 Works of work by Western New York Artists
Curator  Nancy Weekly, Scott Propeack, and Don Metz
Address  1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222, USA
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The Burchfield Penney Art Center is an arts and educational institution located on the campus of Buffalo State College. Dedicated to the art and vision of American painter Charles E. Burchfield, it was founded in 1966 as the Charles E. Burchfield Center. The center features a museum, library, and activity space for the arts. It maintains the world's largest collection of Burchfield's work, as well as many other distinguished artists of Buffalo, Niagara and Western New York. It sponsors much of the area's contemporary creative community, and encourages studies in the arts through its affiliation with Buffalo State College.

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History

Originally named the Charles E. Burchfield Center, the museum held its official opening ceremonies on 9 December 1966, with Burchfield himself in attendance. Burchfield died just a month and a day after the museum's inauguration.

The museum moved to a new home located on 4.9 acres (20,000 m2) of land at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Rockwell Road in Buffalo, New York in November 2008. The Burchfield Penney opened in its new location on November 22, 2008, with a 31-hour non-stop grand opening event. The new 84,000-square-foot (7,800 m2) museum is designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects.

Collection

The collection includes the world's largest collection of Burchfield's works, as well as a large archive of his drawings, notes and journals.

Other components of the collection range from traditional mid-nineteenth century work to contemporary media arts. Notable artists in the collection also include Claire Shuttleworth of Buffalo, as well as the Hallwalls founders: Charles Clough, Robert Longo, Diane Bertolo, Nancy Dwyer, Cindy Sherman, and Michael Zwack. The collection also includes one of the world's largest collections of the documentary photographer Milton Rogovin, paintings and prints by J.J. Lankes (who was a native of Buffalo), and work by Arts and Craft artisans from Roycroft.

References

Burchfield Penney Art Center Wikipedia


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