A Museum of Record
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 collection includes more than 8,500 works by over 800 other artists. In addition, the Center's archives contain more than 250,000 objects. Within this collection, the primary source materials for understanding the culture of Western New York and art in general exist.
The combination of the Burchfield Penney's visual art and archival collections provides in-depth insight to several focused areas.
The Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries Archives of the Burchfield Penney Art Center is comprised of vintage photographs, business files, correspondence, exhibition publications and other materials that relate to Charles E. Burchfield and his colleagues, such as Edward Hopper and Reginald Marsh.
The Center’s Roycroft collection is contextualized by art, artifacts, furniture, photographs, and publications by other Arts & Crafts era artists, artisans, and aesthetic production companies.
Founded in 1974 as a seasonal outdoor cultural park, Artpark was a radical experiment in artist-public interaction and site-specificity that successfully balanced a populist mission with the creation of experimental art.
GENRE / STYLE
From 1906 to 1914 members Buffalo Camera Club focused their energies completely on art photography, mimicking the aesthetics of painting in soft-focus portraits, landscapes, and still-life subjects.
International Center for Watercolor
The International Center for Watercolor is an initiative built upon the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s dedication to the media of watercolor. The Center will feature the most comprehensive resource for watercolor study and service.
Charles E. Burchfield
During a career that spanned over half a century, Charles E. Burchfield painted over a fourteen hundred paintings. Beginning with the generous donation of the painting December Storm (1941-1960) in 1964 and continuing with recent acquisitions, the Burchfield Penney Art Center today holds the largest public collection of works by the artist as well as more than 20,000 drawings and sketches and 10,000 handwritten pages in 72 volumes of the aritst's journals.
The Paul Sharits Archive is an important collection of material relating to the artist's career. This special collection includes 59 folders which contain film fragments, diagrams and instructions for different films, installations and unrealized projects. Also included are journal entries and correspondences with friends, colleagues and curators at various institutions.
The archival collection contains hundreds of items such as signed ephemera, newspaper clippings, local, national and international reviews, features and exhibit flyers. The collection also holds artifacts from his photography studio as well as his optometry practice, awards and diplomas given to both him and Anne, notes and copies of Anne’s work, slides, films, interviews and correspondences.