The Living Legacy Project
The Living Legacy Project (LLP) is one of the largest and most exciting initiatives within the Arts Legacy Project. Beginning in 2012, each year the curatorial staff of the Burchfield Penney selects a diverse “class” of 15 to 20 living artists from many disciplines and generations to represent the range of talents, skills, and creativity that characterizes our region.
For each LLP artist listed here you will find not only biographical information but images and/or video footage of his or her work, a C.V., an artist statement, and other online resources where available. In addition, members of the Burchfield Penney staff conduct audio and/or video interviews exploring these artists' education, influences, and motives. They also discuss their connection to Buffalo, reveal why they work in their chosen disciplines or media, reflect on key WNY organizations they have been involved with, and offer advice for emerging artists.
The LLP serves to add context to our permanent collection and disseminate otherwise hard-to-find materials to online researchers. At the same time, it is a tool providing professional development for working artists who may benefit from the resources of a major museum with a national and international presence. Still in its early stages, the project is an experiment in real time as we continue to develop new and better ways to record the legacies of living artists in the digital age.