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Edwin W. Dickinson (1891-1978), Surf, Point Lookout, 1953; oil on canvas, 20 1/8 x 23 1/8 inches (Frame: 29 1/2 x 32 1/2 inches); Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts & Friends of the Center, 1974

Edwin W. Dickinson (1891-1978), Surf, Point Lookout, 1953; oil on canvas, 20 1/8 x 23 1/8 inches (Frame: 29 1/2 x 32 1/2 inches); Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts & Friends of the Center, 1974

The Art of Western New York: An Historical Context

presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

On View Friday, November 21, 2008, 5 pm–Sunday, September 27, 2009 12 pm

Margaret L. Wendt Gallery   

When the Erie Canal opened in 1825, it connected Albany and the Hudson River with Buffalo, creating one of the country's most significant trade routes for transporting grain and goods from the Northeast to the Midwest and beyond. Change also permeated the arts in this region, illustrated by a continuum started by itinerant portrait painters that developed into societies, art schools, and supportive organizations that brought artists together, resulting in the vibrant arts community that we exemplify today. This exhibition featured many of the historically important works from the collection that demonstrated the breadth of artistic achievment in Buffalo and the Niagara Region. The oldest painting in the museum's collection was on view- dating from 1875: Near Portage, New York by Hamilton Hamilton. Late 19th and early 20th century art included paintings, drawings and prints as well as decorative arts by Roycroft artisans.