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Our Mission

The Burchfield Penney Art Center is a museum dedicated to the art and vision of Charles E. Burchfield and distinguished artists of Buffalo, Niagara and Western New York. Through our affiliation with SUNY Buffalo State, we encourage learning and celebrate our richly creative and diverse community.

Our Vision

As keepers of the past and explorers of "the next", the Burchfield Penney Art Center will be a catalyst for cultural vitality and creativity in Western New York.

Our Impact

The Burchfield Penney commits to inspire, invest in, and celebrate the historical and contemporary accomplishments of artists. We will energize the WNY community and SUNY Buffalo State through meaningful, educational, and engaging experiences and will sustain and enhance our culture and environment through our decisions and actions.

Our Strategic Plan

The Burchfield Penney's 5-year strategic plan was adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2015. An overview can be downloaded from this link.


Our Supporters

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. Additional support is provided by SUNY Buffalo State, the Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Trust, the Mary A.H. Rumsey Foundation, the James Carey Evans Endowment and Burchfield Penney members and friends.

Development of this website and digitization of the Burchfield Penney's collection would not have been possible without the support of the Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.