Thoughts from 2022 Artist-in-Residence Mike Glier

Charles Burchfield swallowed the sun it seems, since many of his paintings glow from within as if powered by endless fusion. Although the effect is otherworldly, the experience is entirely biological and rooted in our brains. Years ago, when fumbling around with paint, I noticed that white can glow from within when surrounded by a light, saturated yellow... 

I am saddened to report that Burchfield’s grandson David Richter died June 28th after a long illness. He was 69 years old. He had a long career as a talented pianist who performed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center and served as faculty at The Royal Conservatory of Music at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. David also became a major patron of our museum, making significant donations to the Charles E. Burchfield Archives of vintage photographs, exhibition records, and so much more relating to his grandfather’s life and career. He is survived by his sister Peggy Richter Haug and brother Tom Richter among other Burchfield family members.


Nancy Weekly

Burchfield Scholar

Burchfield Penney Art Center

A warm sunny day –

Day spent in nondescript activities – some redding (sic) up in studio – studying pictures – got out a group of 11 pictures to show the pupils at St. Matthew’s church...

The Burchfield Penney Art Center announced that artist and educator Mike Glier is its 2022 Artist-In-Residence. Glier kicked off his residency exploring the work of Charles E. Burchfield through the exhibition, A Lifetime of Themes, along with a deep dive into the archives.

Museum reopens to visitors Thursday, February 10, 2022. The Lifetimes of Themes special exhibition, which opened December 10, 2021, and shut down with the temporary closing, has been extended to May 1, 2022

How can one fully express their gratitude for the generosity of spirit embodied by Sylvia L. Rosen? She was a close friend and passionate advocate of craft media arts—especially ceramics. 

Buffalo State students, part of the course (DES109) led by Kathy Shiroki, were asked to choose an artwork from a recent exhibition and design something inspired by their selected work. This Design Inspired by an Artwork is by Salma Akhter. She chose Vacillation by artist Robert Wood. Check out her presentation and design here.

Museum announces temporarily closing effective Saturday, January 1, 2022, as the number of people in Erie County infected sets all-time high for three consecutive days