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Launches at the Burchfield Penney are festivals with performances, screenings, and conversations that amplify the collections and programming at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Email Don Metz for information on all events.


Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, and the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo invite you to:

Squeaky Wheel’s 30th Anniversary Closing Celebration and Conference

When: May 13, 14 & 15, 2016
Where: Various locations – Squeaky Wheel, Burchfield Penney, and Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY.
For more information, contact: Anna Scime ( | 716-316-8510)

Squeaky Wheel’s 30th Anniversary Closing Celebration is a multi-day, multi-media conference celebrating Squeaky Wheel’s former and current programs, artists, scholars, and community members. The public is invited to participate in a series of free events exploring media art and its makers in Western New York.

Friday, May 13th from 8:30 - 10:30pm a cocktail party will be held at Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center in the Market Arcade building in downtown Buffalo. Our squeaky@x0 spotlight series will feature a collection of video works from Buffalo: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo installed in the gallery and in the micro-cinema. Live music will be provided by Juini Booth and some surprise guests.

Saturday, May 14th from 11am – 5pm a conference will be held in the auditorium at the Burchfield Penney Art Center featuring live music and multi-media panel presentations examining the role of community media art centers in society. Panels include: Art & Labor, Making & Maintaining Media Archives, and Media Dialects & Stages of Access. Panelists include: Julia Dzwonkoski, Ron Ehmke, Liz Flyntz, Chris Hill, Sherry Miller Hocking, Barbara Lattanzi, Stella Marrs, Laura McGough, Carolyn Tennant, and Maria Venuto.

Saturday, May 14th at 8pm, Ron Ehmke will host Lost Particles of Light: Celebrating the Life & Art of Fred Bacher at Hallwalls. This event features video, music, and literary selections by Fred and his many collaborators, and invites the audience to share their stories about the man, the myth, and the legend. Presenters include: John Bacher, Alan Bigelow, Tony Billoni, Edmund Cardoni, Marten Clibbens, Julia Dzwonkoski, Chris Hill, Todd Lesmeister, Elizabeth Licata, Laura McGough, Dana Ranke, and Richard Wicka.

Sunday, May 15th from 11am – 2pm the conference will conclude in the second floor reception room at the Burchfield Penney Art Center with live music and panel presentations on Media Activism and Community Engagement. Panelists include: Karima Amin, Dorothea Braemer, Ghen Dennis, Ruth Goldman, Cheryl Jackson, Kevin Kline, Meg Knowles, Brian Milbrand, Paige Sarlin and Julie Zando.

Squeaky Wheel's mission is to continue a legacy of innovation in the media arts through access, education, and exhibition. We envision a community that uses film and digital media to celebrate freedom of expression and diversity of voice.

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