In addition to institutional and artist archives, the Burchfield Penney maintains voluminous records representing the museum's history, such as communications, clippings and recordings of artists. As caretakers of these materials, the Burchfield Penney is committed to the proper care and accessibility of its collection and archives for researchers, students and other individuals.
What began as a pilot program in 2012 to enhance the online presence and living legacy of artists in the community, the initiative has expanded for 2013 as an online record of the artistic legacy of Buffalo and Western New York. The project is growing to include a new group of artists for 2013 as well as arts institutions and art movements which played important roles in shaping Buffalo as an arts leader.
The Burchfield Penney's Western New York Artists Archives includes records on more than 4,000 artists.
David Moog is making portraits of all the working artists in Western New York. Explore the portraits online.
The Burchfield Penney houses archives on many arts organizations in Western New York.
In 1966, Charles Burchfield himself cut the ribbon to open the Burchfield Art Center, located inside Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College. Today, the Burchfield Penney Art Center (renamed to honor donations from Charles Rand Penney) is the gateway to the campus.