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    Our Mission

    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. Through our affiliation with SUNY Buffalo State, we encourage learning and celebrate our richly creative and diverse community.

    Our Vision

    As keepers of the past and explorers of "the next", the Burchfield Penney Art Center will be a catalyst for cultural vitality and creativity in Western New York.

    Our Impact

    The Burchfield Penney commits to inspire, invest in, and celebrate the historical and contemporary accomplishments of artists. We will energize the WNY community and Buffalo State College through meaningful, educational, and engaging experiences and will sustain and enhance our culture and environment through our decisions and actions.

    Our Supporters

    The Burchfield Penney, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and member of the American Association of Art Museum Directors, is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council for the Arts and Erie County. Additional support is provided by SUNY Buffalo State , the Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Trust, the Mary A.H. Rumsey Foundation, the James Carey Evans Endowment and Burchfield Penney members and friends.

    Development of this website and digitization of the Burchfield Penney's collection would not have been possible without the support of the Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.