May News and Events
Bruce Jackson, Playing Volleyball on Death Row, 1979


May M&T Second Friday at the Burchfield Penney Art Center
Friday, May 10

May M&T Second Friday includes happy hour with music by the Mathew Felskie Quartet (5:30-7:30pm), Hands-On in the Useum with Shasti O'Leary Soudant (5:30-7:30pm), a book signing with Bruce Jackson (7pm) and An Evening with Bruce Jackson, including a screening of the Diane Christian / Bruce Jackson film Death Row at 8pm and a performance of A Garland (for Bruce 2012) by David Felder performed by Jonathan Golove (cello), Bruce Jackson (images) and J.T. Rinker (electronics). The galleries are open until 8pm.

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Special Days this Spring for Teachers, Seniors and College Students – And, Art Museum Day

This month sees a number of days celebrating members of our community – including teachers (on May 7 for National Teacher Day), college students (on May 9, hosted by the Center’s college student volunteers) and seniors (on May 31 in recognition of Senior Citizen Month). The Burchfield Penney is also part of Art Museum Day on Saturday, May 18. The Center joins more than 100 museums across the country in celebrating museums! Visit for more information on all of these events.


Watercolor Workshops and More are Part of the International Center for Watercolor in May

The International Center for Watercolor at the Burchfield Penney is hosting several events this month including a discussion with curator Nancy Weekly (May 3) on the medium of watercolor, a workshop with Sally Traenor (May 11), the Niagara Falls Watercolor Society’s demonstration with Mark Mehaffey (May 16), a plein air watercolor painting event with Rita Argen Auerbach (May 18) and a workshop with Carol Case Siracuse and Sandy Ludwig  (June 1). For more information, visit


Mother’s Day, Gifts for Grads and Summer Weddings at The Museum Store

Since its inception, The Museum Store at the Burchfield Penney has been the place to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts by local artisans, as well as merchandise that celebrates Buffalo, Western New York and Charles E. Burchfield. The store features prints of Burchfield’s masterpieces as well as Burchfield-inspired notecards and scarves, handmade jewelry, ceramics and pottery, children’s gifts, art books and “green” merchandise.

Burchfield Penney members receive 10% off of all purchases and complimentary gift wrapping. Join today or give the gift of membership!

And, The Museum Store is online! Make your gift giving easy by ordering directly from the Burchfield Penney, and our Museum Store team will ship your wrapped gifts anywhere!


In the Galleries

May 5 marks the closing of Well Crafted in the Margaret L. Wendt and R. William Doolittle Galleries. A four-day exhibition of Asian Lacquerware as part of Buffalo State's Asian Lacquer Symposium will be on view from May 20-24. For more on current exhibitions, visit

Featured Upcoming Events

Hosted Event  |  Future of the City Powerhouse Roundtable

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6:30–8 pm

Buffalo State's Year of the City concludes a Powerhouse Roundtable


Lecture / Discussion  |  Gallery Talk

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 2–2:30 pm

Join us for an in-depth gallery discussion of Charles E. Burchfield’s Orion and the Moon (1917) and New Moon in January (1918) by Burchfield Penney docents.


Special Event  |  M&T Second Friday at the Burchfield Penney

Friday, May 10, 2013, 5:30–8 pm

Join the Burchfield Penney for May's Second Friday


Lecture / Discussion  |  Being There: How Mass Incarceration Imprisons Communities

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 6–8 pm

Join McMillan Empowerment Enterprise and the Burchfield Penney for a discussion on crime, custody and community.


Special Event  |  Empty Bowls X

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 11 am–2 pm

Bowls made by college students, local school children and professional artists will be on sale. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Night People and the Food Bank of Western New York.


Tour  |  Curator's Tour with Don Metz

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 2–3 pm

Don Metz will tour guests through Ann Hamilton: Phora, Xu Bing: A Case Study for Transference and Song Dong: Broken Mirror.

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