Although the Burchfield Penney is closed to onsite visitors, we're excited to bring you online programs. They 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. Thank you for staying in touch while staying at home. And until we can all be together again, stay safe.

JULY VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB

 

Join us on July 2nd at 6:30 PM via Zoom Webinar 

Register HERE

 

Book: Wandering Close to Home:  A Gay Son and His Feminist Mother’s Journey to Transform Themselves and Their Family


Authors: Christopher Drajem and Linda Drajem

This memoir charts the path Christopher and Linda traveled as they realized that the life they were born into just didn’t quite fit. It maps the tentative steps taken by both mother and son to move away from societal, religious, and family expectations.

Linda Drajem grew up in the 1950s in Buffalo, New York, the oldest child in a Catholic working-class family. She married her high school sweetheart, got pregnant, and watched from the sidelines as women burned their bras and demanded equal rights. But the role of a stay-at-home mom wasn’t as fulfilling as he was led to believe it would be. Linda’s second son Christopher was born in 1968, one year before the Stonewall riots kick-started the modern gay rights movement. He attended Catholic schools, served as an altar boy at mass on Sundays, and had a secret that he was sure would send him to hell for all eternity: he was gay.

On their paths, there was challenge and heartache, joy and celebration, and the thrill and exhaustion of parenting. At the end of the day, they forged a path that brought personal satisfaction, a uniquely modern family, and all the comfort of home.

 

 

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

Entropy: THE POETEXPO

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

 
 
 

Activities

 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

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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 woroszmj@buffalostate.edu 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

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!

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