After five months of temporary closure, the Center will kick-off its post-quarantine season with seven new exhibitions. Museum hours of operation have been adjusted to allow ample time to sanitize after hours. For three days each weekend, Friday - Sunday, the Center will be open to the general public 11 AM - 4 PM; early entry hours, 10 AM -11 AM, are reserved for those at increased risk, including seniors, as well as members and first responders. 

Thanks to the generosity of M&T Bank, admission will be free for all for a limited time. At this time, the museum will not host group gatherings or in-person programming but will continue to provide online opportunities through Burchfield Connects, which include home-education projects, conversations about our exhibitions and collections, artist interviews, and more. Look for new posts each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday with activities for the whole family. 


The Burchfield Café and the Museum Store will be open during hours of operation.  


Join us for August M&T Second Friday on Friday, August 14th!
This month we'll be hosting a virtual Second Friday! You'll be able to stream the event from wherever you are! We'll have live music by Oats Holy Roller and Koko Neetz, as well as live art-making by Julian Montague and Yames Moffitt. Each of the artists will be streaming directly from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Facebook page. 
On the Second Friday of every month, thanks to the support of M&T Bank, the Burchfield Penney hosts something great! From openings and happy hours, programs, concerts, screenings, or other special events, visitors experience the best of the Burchfield Penney.
Friday, AUGUST 14th, 5:30–6:15 pm
Visual artist Julian Montague will be streaming a live artmaking demo starting at 5:30 pm.
Facebook: @montagueprojects
Instagram: @montagueprojects
Friday, AUGUST 14th, 2020, 6:15–7 pm
Songwriter Oats Holy Roller will be streaming his performance starting at 6:15 pm.
Facebook: Joseph Murray Myers
Instagram: @i_liked_it_too_much
Friday, AUGUST 14th, 7:00pm–7:45 pm
Visual artist Yames Moffitt will be streaming a live artmaking demo starting at 7:00 pm.
Facebook: Yames Moffitt 
Instagram: @yames_cat
Friday, AUGUST 14th, 2020, 7:45–8:30 pm
Indie songwriter Koko Neetz will be streaming his performance starting at 7:45 pm. 
Facebook: @koko.neetz
Instagram: @koko_neetz



Also, please join us for our next Virtual Book Club on Thursday, August 6th at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Thursday, August 6th 6:30pm

This month's book is, "The Five People You"ll Meet in Prison: A Memoir of Addiction, Mania & Hope" by Brandon M. Stickney. Here is a question to consider from the author: "What would you, an intellectual, do to survive if you had to go to prison for a year?"  


Want to be apart of the conversation? Join our Zoom Webinar to ask questions live from the author, link below! This virtual book club will also be streamed live from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Facebook page.





Thursday, August 22nd from 10 am - 12 pm


The Burchfield Penney Art Center is excited to present our first Hyatt's All Things Creative: Virtual Family Day from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, August 22, 2020!
This event is limited to current Burchfield Penney members and is free of charge. The first 50 people who sign up will also receive a coupon for a free watercolor kit from Hyatt's All Things Creative!

Not a member? Join Now!
Thanks to Hyatt's generous sponsorship, all Family Memberships are now only $50 (regularly $75) and all-new Family Members will receive a $25 gift card to Hyatt's, contact the Burchfield Penney Membership Office at (716) 878-4526

Artists from our community and our education team will lead you through these fun Family Day activities:

10:00AM - 10:45AM: Drop-In Activity with Watercolor Artist, Sarah Jane Barry
Recommended supplies:

  • Watercolor Kit
  • Paper (preferably watercolor paper)
  • Marker or pen
  • Salt
  • A cup of water
  • Paper towel
  • Optional: baking soda

10:45AM - 11:15AM: Story Time
Book: Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s “Forest has a Song” and “Write! Write! Write!”

Reader: Wendy King
Be ready to listen!

11:15AM - 12PM: Drop-in Studio Visit & Artist Talk with Artist, Richard Rockford
Be ready to ask lots of questions!

Featured Video

Featured Artwork

Check out the video links listed below, and stay in touch on Facebook and Instagram for the latest releases.

Programs at the Center


Contemporary Environmental Art & Poetics

40 Years of Poetry: Ansie Baird

Buffalo Chamber Players: Stay a While, Stay Forever

LIVE poetry reading featuring Meghann Boltz and Rachel Robles Saeger


Connecting With Artists

Artist Interview: Ron Ehmke 

Watch Ron Ehmke talk about being a performance artist. To learn more about him click here

Let's Check-In With Bethany Krull

The Burchfield Penney is reaching out to local artists to explore how they're balancing life working at home. For more information on Bethany Krull visit:

Artist Interview: Patricia Carter

Watch Patricia Carter talk about her painting  First Prize #2. To learn more about the artist visit:

Let's Check-In with A.J. Fries and Karen Eckert 

Need a laugh? A.J. Fries and Karen Eckert chime in. For more information on A.J. Fries visit:

Artist Interview: Alberto Rey

Watch Alberto Rey Talk About His Painting, Appropriated Memories: Viñales, Cuba, 1996-97. For more info on the artist visit:

Artist Interview: John Pfahl

Watch John Pfahl talk about his work Shed with Blue Dotted Lines, Penland, North Carolina, 1975. For more information on the artist visit:

Let's Check-In With Artists Pat Foran and Tricia Butski

Expect the unexpected when we check-in with artists Pat Foran and Tricia Butski.For more information on Pat Foran visit: For more information on Tricia Butski visit:

Artist Interview: Kyle Butler

Watch Kyle Butler talk about his work, Poised on all edges, 2012. Butler is an artist who works in painting, video and audio and lives in Buffalo, New York. For more info on the artist visit:

Let's Check-In With The Wajeds: Artists Eman, Alexa, Edreys and Emeka 

Creativity is a family affair within the Wajed household. The spirited foursome chime in for this HIGHLY viewed social media series that explores balancing life working from home. Learn about their passion and what it means to pay 'condolences to vanity'. For more information on Edreys Wajed visit: Learn more about Eat Off Art here:

Watch Monica Angle Talk About Her Work, River Crossing V, 2012

Watch Monica Angle talk about her work, River Crossing V, 2012. Angle is a painter, printmaker, bookmaker, and collage artist living and working in Buffalo, New York. For more info on the artist visit:

Let’s Check-In with Artist Dennis Maher

A quirky, fun expedition through his inspiring, wondrous environments. What happens when you just let the house talk? What does it say? For more information on Dennis, go to:

 Watch Jim Pappas Talk About Innerspace Continuum #7, 2003

Watch Jim Pappas talk about Innerspace Continuum #7, 2003. A Syracuse, NY native, Pappas is highly regarded for his legacy of employing the arts, education and community engagement as instruments of social change. for more info on the artist visit:



 Intro to Watercolor Illustration Class

In search of a watercolor painting class for beginners? Join Art Center Educator, Michaela Worosz, in her creative and relaxing beginner watercolor painting lesson. Share your painting with us by tagging @burchfieldpenneyartcenter or using the hashtag #burchfieldconnects

PDF Templates:


Coloring Pages

Download and print these Burchfield coloring book pages! Share your coloring pages by tagging @burchfieldpenneyartcenter or using the hashtag #burchfieldconnects

Look, Think, Find

How closely do you look at art? Here are five questions about artworks in our collection. LOOK at the painting carefully, THINK about the questions, FIND the answers in the painting. Share your answers with us by tagging @burchfieldpenneyartcenter or using the hashtag #burchfieldconnects


BPAC Sketch Together!
Join us for weekly sketching prompts announced every Tuesday at 11:30 am. Share your sketch with us by tagging @burchfieldpenneyartcenter or using the hashtag #burchfieldconnects


Home Museum Tours

Join these families as they guide you through their special Home Museum Tour.

We Want You to Participate! 

Our Education Team invites you to create your own Home Museum Virtual Tour! Can you make a sign and do a 3-minute video with your family walking up to an artwork in your home talking about it? Video: Needs to be short, no longer than three minutes, but you can send several short videos. The presentation will be posted on Burchfield Penney's social media. Ask open-ended questions:

  • What do you see?
  • What surprises you in this painting?
  • If you could step into this artwork what would you smell? Feel? Touch?  Would you run or lay down? Jump or climb?
  • What do you think the artist was looking at when they made this?
  • If it’s your own daughter/son artwork, ask “tell me a story about your sculpture or painting, or drawing…”
After your video tour is completed, please contact Michaela Worosz at for upload instructions.

BPAC Education Activities

Create masterpieces based on objects and artworks in our collection! Each activity is based on a work in the permanent collection or a lesson plan. Share your creations with us on Facebook or Instagram using the #burchfieldconnects or @bpartcenter.
More education activities coming soon!

Teacher Resources

Art Inquiry Guides

The Burchfield Penney Art Center now has free lesson plans for students and teachers. The following art inquiry guide is based on works from BPAC's permanent collection. BPAC is committed to offering educators resources that introduce students to art and support classroom benchmarks, particularly in the visual arts and English Language Arts. Use this resource in your online classroom or as standalone lessons. 

More art inquiry guides coming soon!

Take a Look (Talks)

Take A LooK (TALK) are short videos created for Art Teachers that promotes looking at an artwork in The Center’s collection. Students will observe an artwork, create a sketch, and use critical thinking skills throughout the video.

More Take a Look sketch prompts coming soon!


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