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Charles Rand Penney’s donations to the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Between 1991 and 2001, Charles Rand Penney donated 1,485 artworks, decorative arts objects and books, plus vast related archives. These notable collections included works by Charles E. Burchfield, noted Western New York artists, craft artists of Western New York and Monroe County, and Roycroft artisans. The museum was renamed in honor of his patronage in 1994.

Contributions by year 

 

1991-1992

1. The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art

163 works by 102 artists (145 works by 98 artists given in 1991, 18 works by 17 artists given in 1992)

2. Western New York Art Archives

4 legal-size cabinet drawers of files relating to donated WNY artworks
 

1994

1. The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Works by Charles E. Burchfield

183 works dating from 1907 to 1966-67

2. The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Craft Art

53 works by 20 artists

3. The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Works by Roycroft Artists:

401 objects and 568 books and magazines dating from 1908 to 1926

4. The Charles Rand Penney Archives Relating to Charles E. Burchfield:

5 drawers of legal-size cabinet of files relating to the acquisition of works in the collection, correspondence, records of exhibition history and loans, tour history of the collection by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, photographs, exhibition catalogues, and other documents1/3 drawer of letter-size cabinet contains James Goodman files relating to Burchfield works that had been de-accessioned in previous yearsBooks: 3 shelves, multiple copies of 20 titles, some signed by BurchfieldExhibition catalogues and other publications: multiple copies of 28 titles

5. The Charles Rand Penney Archives Relating to Craft Art:

1/2 drawer of legal-size cabinet relating to Wendell Castle1/2 drawer of legal-size cabinet relating to Albert Paley3-4 drawers of legal-size cabinet relating to craft artists, including correspondence, exhibition history and loans, photographs, and other documents

6. The Charles Rand Penney Archives Relating to Roycroft

3/4 drawer of letter-size cabinet relating to Roycroft objects, exhibition loans, etc
 

2000

1. Artwork by Charles E. Burchfield: Poplar Trees (January 1916)

Gift in honor and in memory of John I. H. Baur, friend of Charles E. Burchfield and friend of Charles Rand Penney, 2000:015.000

2. The Charles E. Burchfield Library

37 books and exhibition catalogues (multiple copies of most, many personally inscribed)· 11 journals, magazines and other publications (multiple copies of each)· Boxed collections of catalogues from 37 galleries· Photocopies of transcripts of 47 Burchfield journals
 

2001

The Charles Rand Penney Roycroft Collection at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center:

43 metal ware objects, 10 ceramic objects· 53 Roycroft Books and Paper; Books About Roycroft and Arts & Crafts· 2 other Roycroft objects· 6 Roycroft-related objects· Gustav Stickley, arm rocking chair, model # 311-1/2, circa 1912· Paul M. Knoblaugh, Table, 1992

Total: 1,485 objects and books, plus vast archives

 
  • Virginia Cuthbert (1908-2001), The Birthday Party, 1956-57; oil on canvas, 30 x 41 7/8 inches (Frame: 32 3/8 x 44 inches); Collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Charles Rand Penney
  • Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Still Life - Scrap Iron, 1929; watercolor and charcoal on paper, 21 5/8 x 29 5/8 inches (Frame: 27 x 35 x 1 1/2 inches); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994
  • James A. Allen b. 1942, Khmer, 1975; polymer & oil, 69 x 55 inches (Frame: 70 1/4 x 56 1/4 inches); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
  • Roy O. Anderson b. 1947, Linear Drawing Series XIII, 1974; pastel on paper, 22 x 19 7/8 inches (Frame: 24 3/8 x 22 3/8 inches); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
  • Rita Argen Auerbach b. 1933, Closed for the Season, 1989; watercolor, 22 x 29 5/8 inches (Frame: 31 x 37 inches); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
  • Otto Baer (1903-1960), Turkey Farm, 1956; watercolor on paper, Overall: 18 x 22 3/4 in. (45.7 x 57.8 cm) Frame: 32 1/4 x 37 1/2 in. (81.9 x 95.3 cm); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
  • Otto Baer (1903-1960), Far End, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 1954; pastel on paper, Overall: 16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm) Frame: 25 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (64.8 x 57.2 cm); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
  • Vincent Baldassano b. 1947, Aroostook, 1971; silkscreen, 1/20, 26 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches (Frame: 32 1/4 x 26 1/4 inches); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield Art Center, 1991
  • Rita M. Balling b. 1942, Debecki Player, 1970; woodcut print, 16 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches (Frame: 26 x 22 inches); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
  • Rita M. Balling b. 1942, Debecki Player, 1970; woodblock, 17 x 14 1/2 x 7/8 inches (Frame: 17 x 14 1/2 x 7/8 inches); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
  • Dennis Barraclough b. 1947, Untitled, 1974; painted steel, 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 8 inches; The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
  • Magaret K. Batson b. 1899, Mark Twain's Bar-Keep Reaches Heaven, c. 1976; oil on canvas, 24 x 20 1/16 inches (Frame: 24 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
  • Raphael Beck (1858-1947), Country Road, c. 1890; oil on canvas, Overall: 11 7/8 x 7 in. (30.2 x 17.8 cm) Frame: 17 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (44.5 x 31.8 cm); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield Art Center, 1991
  • Raphael Beck (1858-1947), Untitled, 1893; oil on canvas, Overall: 8 1/2 x 11 11/16 in. (21.6 x 29.7 cm); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
  • Bruce A. Blair b. 1951, Looking Southwest on North Oak Street, 1974; watercolor on paper, 19 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (Frame: 25 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1991
  • David F. Blair b. 1948, Untitled, 1977; color photograph, 13 1/4 x 19 5/8 inches (Frame: 22 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1991
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