This Week at the Burchfield Penney


Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 7–9 pm

Galen is an extraordinary flautist with an extensive performance career.  He is also a riveting speaker on the topic of jazz and the Civil Rights Movement. Galen has performed at colleges and universities for over thirty years.  A former educator, he holds a Master’s Degree from Rutgers University in Education and Performing Arts, and studied music at Berklee School of Music.  Embracing his love of music and desire to continue educating, he offers an engaging and enjoyable path to music appreciation through his music program.

Presented in partnership with the  Buffalo State College Department of  Equity and Campus Diversity

Free and Open to the Public. Seating Limited

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Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6 pm

We are excited to welome author Peter Rock to the Burchfield Penney! Rock is a professor of creative writing at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He will discuss his book and how the writings and works of Charles Burchfield have impacted his work.


Beneath the surface of Lake Michigan there are vast systems: crosscutting currents, sudden drop-offs, depths of absolute darkness, shipwrecked bodies, hidden places. Peter Rock’s stunning autobiographical novel begins in the ’90s on the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin. The narrator, a recent college graduate, and a young widow, Mrs. Abel, swim together at night, making their way across miles of open water, navigating the currents and swells and carried by the rise and fall of the lake. The nature of these night swims, and of his relationship to Mrs. Abel, becomes increasingly mysterious to the narrator as the summer passes, until the night that Mrs. Abel disappears.
Twenty years later, the narrator—now married with two daughters—tries to understand those months, his forgotten obsessions and dreams. Digging into old notebooks and letters, as well as clippings he’s preserved on the “psychic photography” of Ted Serios and scribbled quotations from Rilke and Chekhov, the narrator rebuilds a world he’s lost. He also looks for clues to the fate of Mrs. Abel, and begins once again to swim distances in dark water.

The Center’s book club takes place on the First Thursday of the month and primarily features books written by WNY authors. Whenever possible, the author will attend the meeting!

For more information, please contact Mary Kozub at 716-878-3156 or email

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Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11 am–4 pm

Join the Burchfield Penney for a $5 Family Day on Saturday, February 8, presented by Hyatt's All Things Creative.

Looking for something to do with your family? How about dozens of things? That’s what you’ll find at the Hyatt’s All Things Creative Family Day on Saturday, February 8 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

For just $5 per family, you can enjoy kid-friendly gallery tours, hands on art-making workshops and more.

As a special bonus, Hyatt’s All Things Creative has made it possible for the Burchfield Penney to offer $50 Family Memberships to all new members who sign up at Family Day. That’s a $25 savings. And as if that weren’t enough, each new member will also receive a $25 gift card for any purchase at Hyatt’s All Things Creative.

For the schedule of events, visit, RSVP on Facebook, and invite your friends!


Sunday, February 9, 2020, 1:30–2:30 pm

Free with Museum admission.

Although most artists in the Painting in Buffalo exhibition have passed generations before our contemporary artists were born, their impact has connections to those making art today. What is the value to the creativity being expressed today?

Join the Burchfield Penney and WNY artists, as they provide an artist’s perspective on how they find value from our shared past.

Conversation artists:
Amanda Besl
Ang Bidak
Nando Alvarez Alvarez-Perez
Muhammad Zaman

This event is free with gallery admission.




Featured Upcoming Events

Lecture / Discussion  |  The Intricate Life of Trees: Revealing the extraordinary impact of trees in our world

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6 pm

This presentation and the larger discussion will address the ecological significance, environmental value, and climate change impact of trees with Dr. Mark A. Bradford from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Buffalo State professor Dr. Robert J. Warren II.


Special Event  |  February M&T Second Friday

Friday, February 14, 2020, 10:30 am–8 pm

Join us for February M&T Second Friday!


Performance  |  Stay a While, Stay Forever: Buffalo Chamber Players

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:30–9:30 pm

As Buffalo’s preeminent chamber music ensemble, the Buffalo Chamber Players explore composers with musical connections to Buffalo and Western New York


Tour  |  Open Critique Tour Led by Scott Propeack

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 1:30–2:30 pm

As an organization with the goal of working with all our public, we feel that there needs to be a place for the community’s voice to be heard.  Please join us as we tour Painting in Buffalo.


Book Club  |  Kid's Book Club: The Word Collector by Sonja Wimmer

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 1:30–3:30 pm

The program includes the book, a gallery tour and art making project. February's book is The Word Collector  by Sonja Wimmer.

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