This Week at the Burchfield Penney



Thursday, February 28, 2019, 6:30 pm

Dir. Jonathan Olshefski, 2017, 105 minutes

Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of a family from North Philadelphia. Beginning during the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest," raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their basement home music studio. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America and a testament to love, healing and hope. Official Selection, 2017 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS and American Documentary | POV.

This is a free event.


Saturday, March 2, 2019, 1:30–4 pm

On select Saturdays and Sundays, a unique still life will be designed by creative community members.  Participants drop-in and create in their own media influenced by the one of a kind still life. 

The still life will only be on display during the workshop hours. Participants bring their own supplies to sketch, draw, paint, write poetry, and or photograph the still life. 

No instructor will be teaching. This is a creative platform to be inspired by.  Still Life workshops are 2 ½ hours in length, intended for families, college students, and creative individuals.

Free with gallery admission.


MARCH DAY IN BUFFALO, part of the International Center for Watercolor
Sunday, March 3, 2019, 1–4 pm

Artist/Instructor: Jennifer Koury   
$36 members/$46 not-yet members                                   

In like a lion, out like a lamb, a March day in Buffalo might be either.  Using foreground shapes and silhouettes of your choice, learn from Burchfield’s use of setting a stage of place to highlight the complexity of the background.

The shapes the participant chooses may indicate windblown flowers or trees and hillocks, and a bird or two. In the background, interpret ethereal elements-rain, wind, thunder, or a beautifully illuminated landscape with a flock of birds.  All of which might contrast with the foreground setting of place.

Using the reserved white of your paper, the transparent effects of watercolor, and the layering of pigment in the foreground for intense value, learn to use your composition to set off compelling contrasts of shape and value for atmosphere and depth. Download the registration form.

For more information go to the International Center For Watercolor or contact Kathy G. Shiroki at, 716-878-3549.


Sunday, March 3, 2019, 2 pm

Presented in association with the exhibition, Charles Cary Rumsey: In Motion at the Burchfield Penney

Presenter: Nancy Weekly, Burchfield Scholar, Head of Collections and Charles Cary Rumsey Curator, Burchfield Penney Art Center and Burchfield Penney Instructor of Museum Studies, SUNY Buffalo State

Preceding a tour of the exhibition, Charles Cary Rumsey: In Motion, Nancy Weekly will give a presentation about how the sculptor fits into a rich history of art, architecture and patronage established by members of the Rumsey and Cary families in Buffalo. As the museum for Western New York arts, the Burchfield Penney Art Center is home to a major collection of bronze and stone sculpture by Charles Cary Rumsey (1879-1922), who during World War I served as Captain of the Cavalry and led troops in France. He also became an important polo player on the American team, riding with such notables as Averell Harriman, Thomas Hitchcock, and Seymour Knox. Learn more about this era of Buffalo’s art history.

Free with gallery admission.


Image: The mansion viewed from Delaware Ave. & Tracy St. Rumsey relations continued to live in the homes on Delaware and Tupper for several decades. The Bronson Rumsey mansion at 330 Delaware was given to the Children's Aid Society upon the death of Mrs. Lawrence Dana Rumsey in 1943. Courtesy of WNY Heritage Press

The Burchfield Penney, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, is supported in part with public funds from Erie County and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Featured Upcoming Events

Special Event  |  FIRST LOOK: Members Only Preview

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 5:30–8 pm

Members of the Burchfield Penney are invited to preview the exhibitions opening to the public on Friday, March 8 as part of M&T Second Friday.


Book Club  |  The Feast of Love: a novel by Charles Baxter

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6 pm

From "one of our most gifted writers" (Chicago Tribune), here is a superb new novel that delicately unearths the myriad manifestations of extraordinary love between ordinary people.


Special Event  |  March M&T Second Friday

Friday, March 8, 2019, 10 am–8 pm

Join us for March M&T Second Friday!


Performance  |  Buffalo Jazz Ensemble with Justin CiCioccio

Friday, March 8, 2019, 8 pm

The Buffalo Jazz Collective is a group of jazz musicians and advocates dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and advancing the rich jazz heritage of Western New York.


Hosted Event  |  Willie Hutch Jones Educational and Sports Program Science Fair

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 11 am–3 pm

The science fair features hypothesis to theory presentations based on our annual theme, which for 2019 is “Power Up.” Local middle and high school students in the greater Buffalo area are being encouraged to participate in the event.


Class / Workshop  |  Family Still Life Sunday

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1:30–4 pm

On select Sundays, a unique still life will be designed by creative community members. 


Screening  |  Dare to Be Diverse Film Series presents RGB (2018)

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 6:30 pm

But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg's life and career.

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