Museum hours of operation have been adjusted to allow ample time to sanitize after hours. The Center will be open to the general public Thursday - Saturday from 10AM - 4PM, with early entry hours of 10 AM - 11 AM reserved for those at increased risk, including seniors, as well as members and first responders. The Center will also be open Sundays from 12PM - 4 PM. A full list of protocols in place to protect visitors and staff can be found on the Safety First information page. 


At this time, the museum will not host group gatherings or in-person programming, but will continue to offer digital programming through Burchfield Connects, which includes digital 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.



Join us for Burchfield Connects: LIVE on Friday January 22nd!

Please join us for our next Burchfield Connects: LIVE digital event. You'll be able to stream event from wherever you are! This month we'll be featuring two popular performances from our inaugural Burchfield Connects: LIVE season! We'll be featuring Carrier Band from the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, and a reading/performance by Ed Sanders and Don Metz. Each of the artists will be streaming directly from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Facebook page. This program is supported in part by the Cullen Foundation.
Friday, January 22, 2021, 7:00pm–7:45pm
Interdisciplinary Media Artists Carrier Band will be streaming their performance starting at 7:00pm.
Friday, January 22, 2021, 7:45–8:30 pm
Renowned poet Ed Sanders will be performing with guitarist and composer Don Metz beginning at 7:45pm.
Carrier Band: Slipstream
Peer Bode, Andrew Deutsch and Rebekkah Palov - A livestream performance
Carrier Band: Bode, Deutsch and Palov, with historical recordings by Harald Bode,1949-1986, and Pauline Oliveros,1970-2002. The video "Uber Organ" was made at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY and at Peer Bode's home studio on his hand-built, custom Dave Jones Design, digital frame buffer, experimental video instrument. Much as life moves forward and back, so do the frames of the video frame buffer with its 48 frame digital-memory-chamber used for looking and considering nearly fifty years of Harald Bode's notebooks, spanning the years 1937 to 1986. The notebooks of pioneering electronic instrument designer Harald Bode are spaces and worlds where new thinkings about sound and future electronic instruments evolved and percolated. A number of new videos as well as "Uber Organ" will be accompanied by the live electroacoustic music of Carrier Band with Peer Bode performing vocoder/language, Rebekkah Palov live audio +real-time processed samples from the Harald Bode Archive and Andrew Deutsch with live mix featuring the unpublished recordings of Pauline Oliveros.
Edward Sanders is a poet, historian and musician. In the 1960s he operated the Peace Eye Bookstore in New York City’s East Village, and was the leader of the folk-satire group the Fugs. He was a participant in the Mimeograph Revolution, publishing in the early 1960s, Fuck You: a Magazine of the Arts.
In the early 1970s, he wrote The Family, the harrowing story tracing the “family” of cult leader Charles Manson. Also in the 1970s he wrote "Investigative Poetry," a well-received manifesto encouraging poets to take on the ancient task of writing histories once again. In 1975 appeared Tales of Beatnik Glory, Volume 1, the first installment of a four-volume set of interconnected stories tracing life in the Beat Generation and Counterculture eras of the late 1950s through the 1960s. Other volumes of Tales of Beatnik Glory were published in 1980, 1987, and 2004.
Additional books by Sanders include 1968, a History in Verse; The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg; and Chekhov, a biography in verse of Anton Chekhov. From 1998 till completing it in 2011, he wrote the 9-volume America, a History in Verse. His selected poems, 1986-2008, Let’s Not Keep Fighting the Trojan War, has been published by Coffee House Press.
Da Capo Press published his memoir of the 1960s, Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs and Counterculture in the Lower East Side, which won the 2012 PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles award.
In 2008, Sanders published Poems for New Orleans, a book and CD on the history of the city and its tribulations during and after Hurricane Katrina. He has been granted a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in verse, an American Book Award for his collected poems, and other awards for his writing.
Sanders lives in Woodstock, New York with his wife, the essayist and painter Miriam Sanders, and both are active in environmental and other social issues. He has a lengthy history as a visitor to Western New York to read his poetry and/or perform with the Fugs.
Don Metz is a musician, composer, and arts administrator. He has worked at the Burchfield Penney Art Center since 1995, serving as Acting Director from 1996-1998 and as Director of Administration from 1995-2003, today serving as Associate Director and Head of Public Programs. Throughout his career he has curated a variety of media arts exhibitions and interdisciplinary performances, and from 1982-95 he served as the Music Director at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. He has held a variety of administrative positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic Choir, June In Buffalo, and the North American New Music Festival.
An active musician, Metz has been composing and performing since completing his studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1977. His music has been performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble, Percusso Argaro from Brazil, the Composers Alliance of Buffalo, the U.B. Percussion Ensemble, the New Jazz Orchestra of Buffalo, Los Caribes, various solo artists, and Buffluxus, among others. In 1978, Metz formed the East Buffalo Media Association, creating Inter-Media presentations with writers and artists from the Western New York area. Over the past 30 years he has worked with artists including Andrew Topolski, John Toth, Fred Ciminelli, Andrew Deutsch, Peer Bode, writers Jeff Filipski and Michael Basinski, and actor Paul Schmidt. As a guitarist, Metz has performed the music of John Cage, Earl Brown, Petr Kotik, Lucas Foss, Jon Gibson, John Bacon Jr., Jackson MacLow, Phil Niblock, LaMonte Young, Michael Colquhoun, and others.

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: http://bpac.co/a:531

Artist Interview: Patricia Carter

Watch Patricia Carter talk about her painting  First Prize #2. To learn more about the artist visit: http://bpac.co/a:171

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: http://bpac.co/a:320.

Artist Interview: Alberto Rey

Watch Alberto Rey Talk About His Painting, Appropriated Memories: Viñales, Cuba, 1996-97. For more info on the artist visit: http://bpac.co/a:868

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:  http://bpac.co/a:827

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: http://bpac.co/a:3099. For more information on Tricia Butski visit: http://bpac.co/a:2795.

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: http://bpac.co/a:1293

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: http://bpac.co/a:3097. Learn more about Eat Off Art here: https://www.eatoffart.com/

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: http://bpac.co/a:1200.

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: http://bpac.co/a:1163.

 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: http://bpac.co/n:4021



At-Home Activities

Art Projects for Kids and Families

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.

Intro to Watercolor Illustration Classes

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


Intro to Watercolor Class Video

Fall Watercolor Class

Winter Watercolor Class (new!)

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


Sketch Together!

Get lost in your creativity with Sketch Together, thoughtful and inspiring art posts to help you carve out moments of self-expression. Burchfield Penney shows you that drawing does not have to be scary – it can be done with any materials, in any color, in any style, and can be done anywhere. Share your sketch with us by tagging @burchfieldpenneyartcenter or using the hashtag #burchfieldconnects

More education activities coming soon!

Virtual Community Programs

Emerging out of the museum’s temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Virtual Community Programs are a slate of virtual programming where artists, families, and community members come together to create their own home museums tours, collaborate with other artists, and interact with our community to share common interests and ideas. These videos are published across Burchfield Penney’s website and social media platforms.


Home Museum Tours

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

Want to Create Your Own Home Museum Tour? 

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, upload your completed video here.
If you have any questions please email our Art Center Educator at woroszmj@buffalostate.edu 

One Art Many Voices

One Art: Many Voices brings together the voices of six different perspectives around one artwork.
If you'd like to participate in this program, please email our Community Engagement Associate at

Looking Out My Window: Poetry Reading

Looking Out My Window is a project inspired partly by the global “What Do You See from Your Window” posts, and partly by the reality that most of us spent more time looking out our windows since mid-March than we otherwise would. I’ve worked these past months on a series of daily Social Isolation poems, exploring what social isolation might mean, literally and figuratively, on either side of my window. Each poet has tagged another poet or two to share their own responses to Looking Out My Window.
If you'd like to participate in this program, please email our Community Engagement Associate at

Educator 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.

A Conversation with Art

A Conversation with Art are videos that connect several diverse artworks in the Burchfield Penney Art Center collection with a common theme. The videos promote close observation and critical thinking skills.


Artists for Educators

The Burchfield Penney Art Center is supporting high school art teachers with a new video project. Artists are asked to create a short 4-5-minute video of themselves talking about who they are, the process of being an artist, and their own work. 


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