Visual Arts & Art Museums

Discover Buffalo’s Vibrant Art Museums & Galleries

It’s no secret: Buffalo boasts the most expansive collection of arts in culture in Western New York. In addition to a vibrany arts scene, Buffalo also offers a vast breadth of art museums and galleries.

 

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

 

While the jewel in Buffalo’s cultural crown – the Buffalo AKG Art Museum – is closed until the spring of 2023 for a $180 million renovation and expansion that will add 30,000 square feet for displaying special exhibitions and the museum’s world-renowned art collection, Buffalo’s deep bench of eclectic art organizations should keep any art lover happily engaged.

 

Burchfield Penny Art Center (BPAC)

 

No art-enthusiast should miss the Burchfield Penney Art Center (BPAC), an 84,000 square-foot museum dedicated to the art of Western New York, including nationally notable artists, and the largest public collection by famed American watercolorist Charles Burchfield. Works from the collection are in continuous rotation, so no two visits are alike. On the second Fridays of every month, the BPAC hosts happy hours, performances, concerts, screenings, and other events.

 

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

 

The Burchfield is just one of many exciting opportunities in a city known for its vibrant art community. Founded in 1974, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center continues to present art, media, and music that challenges and extends traditional boundaries. Hallwalls is located in a Gothic Revival church, renovated by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco and renamed Babeville.

 

Art Galleries

 

CEPA is a 44-year-old internationally recognized arts center focusing on photography and photo-related arts. Located in the historic Market Arcade Complex, the center is known for expanding the limits of image making. CEPA also operates Big Orbit Gallery, a multidisciplinary contemporary space on Buffalo’s burgeoning West Side, which features innovative art installations. In the same building as CEPA, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center continues its 35-year legacy of innovation with films, video, and new media installations.

 

Thanks to its mission to provide affordable studio space, Buffalo Arts Studio is not only a first-rate gallery, but also a colony of working artists. Gallery visitors can view artists as they work. Every forth Friday, the gallery extends its hours for public artist receptions.

 

UB Anderson Gallery is housed in an elegantly remodeled former public school in the University Heights neighborhood. Originally established by David Anderson, son of noted New York gallerist Martha Jackson, it was later donated to the University at Buffalo (UB), along with a collection of 1,200 modernist works by noted artists. UB now operates it as a museum with changing exhibitions.

 

UB Art Gallery, on the university’s North Campus, mounts thought-provoking exhibitions by national artists. Further north, a scenic 30-minute drive from Buffalo takes you to the Castellani Museum on the campus of Niagara University near Niagara Falls, with its rotating collection of regional and national art, including works by Helen Frankenthaler, Georges Rouault, William DeKooning, Keith Haring, and Pablo Picasso.

 

There’s also an evolving selection of smaller commercial and nonprofit art spaces to satisfy every taste, including Art Dialogue Gallery (traditional and modern), K Art (Native American), Benjaman Gallery (historical to contemporary), BICA (edgy contemporary), Starlight Studio (for artists with disabilities), tiny Box Gallery (experimental), Rivalry Projects (contemporary), El Museo (eclectic), Revolution (pop surrealism), Pine Apple Company (lowbrow).

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BUFFALO AKG ART MUSEUM TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The Buffalo AKG Art Museum has temporarily closed its Elmwood Avenue campus to begin the construction phase of its AK360 Campus Development and Expansion Project. As part of the project, the museum will construct a signature new building on the north side of its campus and renovate its current facilities. The new Buffalo AKG Art Museum is expected to open in the spring of 2023 on the Elmwood Avenue campus.

The museum’s new Art Truck, a mobile center for hands-on artmaking, brings art activities, classes, and workshops for individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of ability into the communities of Western New York. View upcoming Art Truck events here.

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(716) GAL-LERY

(716) GAL-LERY

716 Swan Street
Buffalo, NY 14210

(716) 248-2216

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1800s Bikes in Vines

1800s Bikes in Vines

1330 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14213

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72 Jewett

72 Jewett

74 Jewett Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214

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Art Dialogue Gallery

5 Linwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

(716) 885-2251

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Artists in Buffalo, Inc.

Artists in Buffalo, Inc.

190 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 881-2199

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Artspace

Artspace

1219 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209

(716) 803-6205

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Artsphere Studio & Gallery

447 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14207

(716) 874-2863

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Aurora Art Glass

Aurora Art Glass

16 Buffalo Road
East Aurora, NY 14052

(716) 652-2443

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Avenue Art & Frame

Avenue Art & Frame

441 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 842-1450

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Balancing Act II

Balancing Act II

44 Brayton Street
Buffalo, NY 14213

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Bam!

Bam!

255 Great Arrow Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14207

(716) 939-2445

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Benjaman Gallery

419 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 886-0898

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