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Building on Burchfield

The Burchfield Penney Art Center's permanent collection spans the late 19th century through today, and includes the world's largest collection of works by acclaimed watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), as well as the artist's journals, which provide unique insight into his style and process. The permanent collection also includes work from more than 800 other artists who, like Burchfield, are indelibly connected to the Western New York landscape. 

To learn more about our permanent collection, we invite you to visit the Burchfield Penney

 
  • Cindy Sherman (b. 1954), Untitled, 2010/2012; chromogenic color print, Image: 34 x 23 ¼ inches; frame: 35 x 24 ¼ inches; Gift of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
  • Nancy Dwyer (b. 1954), Welcome, 2016; Silkscreen on fabricated powder-coated aluminum, AP 1/1, edition of five total, 24 x 36 x 2 inches; Gift of the artist
  • Ellen Carey b. 1952, Pull XL, 2004; Polaroid 40 X 80 Color Positive and Negative, Dye-diffusion transfer prints-Unique, 128 inches x 44 inches each; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of the Artist in memory of her parents and brother, Courtesy of Nina Freudenheim (Buffalo, NY), Jayne H. Baum (New York, NY), M+B (Los Angeles, CA), Yossi Milo Gallery, (New York, NY), 2017
  • Karl Heerdt , American Falls Study, 2013; oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches; frame: 16 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches; Gift of John and Carol Kociela, 2017
  • Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Drive-way in Winter, 1946; watercolor on paper, 29 x 25 inches; Purchased with support from Monica Angle & Sam Magavern, James & Joy Brandys, Gary & Willow Brost, Margaret & Paul Candino, Joan & Gary Crosby, James & Maryruth Glogowski, Carol & John Kociela, Steve Lakomy & Cheryl Lyles, Gina & Erik O'Neil, Paula & John Reinhold, Janet & Richard Wetter, and Wayne & Janet Wisbaum. Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives.
  • Harvey K. Littleton (1922–2013), Arc, from the Topological Geometry Series, 1987; 2-piece hot-glass sculpture, overall approx. 15 x 11 x 4 ¼ inches (dimensions variable) Large piece: 15 x 9 x 4 ¼ inches; small piece: 7 3/8 x 4 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches; Gift of Stanford and Judith Lipsey
  • Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936), Candlestick (Buffalo, NY), 1901; oak, copper, 10 x 9 x 7 1/4 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Purchased with support from Scott Goldman D.M.D., 2017
  • Lars Gustaf Sellstedt (1819-1911), Sunset with Trees, 1901; oil on canvas, 14 1/4 x 12 inches; frame: 23 x 20 inches; Gift of John and Carol Kociela, 2017
  • Charles E. Burchfield

    Charles E. Burchfield

    Watercolorist Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967) is one of America's most original artists. Best known for his romantic, often fantastic depictions of nature, Burchfield developed a unique stylemore

  • David Schirm

    David Schirm

    David Schirm is professor and head of the painting program at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he has taught in varying capacities since 1985.

  • Jacqueline Tarry

    Jacqueline Tarry

    Jacqueline Tarry describes herself as an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York.