United States

1300 Elmwood Avenue
New York
Phone: (716) 878-6011
Fax: (716) 878-6003
Website: http://www.burchfield-pen

Burchfield-Penney Art Center

The artistic achievement of Charles E. Burchfield was honored with the creation of the Charles Burchfield Center at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, on December 9, 1966. Burchfield died on January 11, 1967. In 1983, the Charles Burchfield Center was renamed the Burchfield Art Center to support its multi-arts focus.

Between 1991 and 1994, the museum received a series of gifts from Charles Rand Penney, Ph.D., of more than 1,300 works by Western New York artists. Penney’s gift was of such significance that the Burchfield Art Center was renamed the Burchfield-Penney Art Center.

Possibly the most important element of Penney’s gift was 183 works by Charles Burchfield. The Burchfield-Penney Art Center now possesses the world's largest, most comprehensive collection of Burchfield's art, as well as the archival materials, studio objects and memorabilia that reflect the artist’s life.

Today, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center is a museum dedicated to the art and vision of Charles E. Burchfield and distinguished artists of Buffalo Niagara and Western New York State. Through its affiliation with Buffalo State College, the museum encourages learning and celebrates our richly creative and diverse community.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

Permanent exhibitions include the Roycroft Legacy, a collection of late 19th and early 20th century furniture, domestic objects, and publications by Roycroft artisans; Charles Burchfield's Studio, an authentic recreation of the artist's Gardenville, New York, studio; and the Metcalfe Rooms, which include architectural artifacts from the Metcalfe House, designed in 1882 by McKim, Mead & White.

The Roycroft Legacy
Gallery Four

The Roycroft Legacy is a fascinating exhibition of late 19th and early 20th century furniture, domestic objects, and publications by Roycroft artisans, primarily donated by Charles Rand Penney.

Charles Burchfield's Studio
Studio Gallery

This authentic recreation of a corner of Burchfield's Gardenville, New York, studio presents many of the artist's tools and favorite inspirational objects, as well as the unpretentious furniture that equipped his comfortable work site. Reflecting the studio's appearance in the mid-1960s, this vignette reveals the humble environment in which the artist worked.

The Metcalfe Rooms
Rockwell Hall, Second Floor

The Metcalfe House, designed in 1882 by the well-known New York City firm McKim, Mead & White, stood on the corner of North Street and Delaware Avenue until 1980. Preservationists were able to only save parts of the structure from demolition. The dining room and library are now housed in Rockwell Hall; the Metcalfe House staircase is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Please call (716) 878-6120 or e-mail burchfld@buffalostate.edu for an appointment to view the rooms+ [ Read all ]


The Burchfield-Penney organizes six major exhibitions, on view for six to 16 weeks each, and 15 to 20 smaller collection and loan exhibitions annually. Exhibitions encompass the full range of the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, architecture, design, prints, drawings, photography, video, folk art, craft art, and decorative arts.

Four galleries are dedicated to long-term exhibitions of work two of the four galleries are devoted to Burchfield, one gallery highlights sculpture by Charles Cary Rumsey, and one gallery features craft art.

For information about off-site exhibitions please see, http://www.burchfield-penney.org/exhibit/default.asp?sub=offsite

A Life in the Arts: Ben Perrone
March 9 - May 6, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 2007 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The A Life in the Arts series continues featuring the work of Ben Perrone.

2:2 featuring Bryan Hopkins and Ted Miller
March 9 - May 6 , 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 2007 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The 2:2 series continues featuring the work of Bryan Hopkins and Ted Miller.

Charles Burchfield Center 40th Anniversary Exhibition
November 4, 2006 – June 24, 2007

Selections from the Annette Cravens Modern Ceramics Collection
January 19 - July 22, 2007
Opening Reception: January 19, 2007 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Exhibitions (4)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Adele Rieger Cohen, Beauty Within the Dark
April 13 - August 2, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 2007 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Beauty Within the Dark is a retrospective of the work of artist Adele Rieger Cohen (1922 - 2002). The exhibition also celebrates the publication of the book, A Life in Art: Adele Cohen.

2:2 featuring Brendan Bannon and Carl Lee
May 11 - July 8, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 2007 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The final installment of2:2 features work by media artist Carl Lee and photographer Brendan Bannon.

Charles E. Burchfield: Ecstatic Light
July 13 - September 23, 2007
Opening Reception: July 13, 2007 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.


$5 adults
$4 seniors 65+
$3 children over 7 and students
Free: Buffalo State students; members

Free Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.-noon

Opening hours

Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday and major holidays: Closed

Getting there

From the east (via the NYS Thruway/Interstate 90)
Take Exit 51 (NY 33 West) to NY 198 West. Exit NY 198 at Elmwood Avenue South. Rockwell Hall is immediately on the right.

From the west (via the NYS Thruway/Interstate 90)
Take Exit 53 (Interstate 190) to NY 198 East; exit at Elmwood Avenue. Rockwell Hall is immediately on the right.

From the north/Niagara Falls
Take Interstate 190 South (over the Grand Island Bridge) to NY 198 East; exit at Elmwood Avenue. Rockwell Hall is immediately on the right.

From the Peace Bridge
Take Interstate 190 North to NY 198 East; exit at Elmwood Avenue. Rockwell Hall is immediately on the right.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

For the latest news please see, http://www.burchfield-penney.org/news/


The Burchfield-Penney is committed to the philosophy that educational efforts must be an integral part of all museum operations. The education department draws upon the strengths of the collection and temporary exhibitions to provide distinctive programs for all age groups and a wide range of interests. Selected and organized to be innovative and educational, our exhibitions provide a broad experience of unique regional artistic achievements and cultural history.

For more information about the Burchfield-Penney's educational programs, please call (716) 878-6011 or via burchfld@buffalostate.edu.


Membership support is critical to the continued vitality of the only museum dedicated to the arts and culture of Western New York. Members receive a wide range of benefits including the Burchfield-Penney's participation in the Empire State Reciprocal Membership program for members at the family/dual level or higher.

To become a member, you can join the Burchfield-Penney (or renew your membership) online by following this link , or you can print and complete a membership application (PDF, 52KB) and fax or mail to the Membership Department, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14222, fax: (716) 878-6003.

For more information, contact the membership office at 878-3907 or by email at burchfld@buffalostate.edu.