The Burchfield Penney hold the world’s most comprehensive collection of paintings, drawings, journals, studies, prints, notes, doodles, and wallpaper designs by American master Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967) as well as a re-creation of the artist’s Gardenville, NY studio.
Burchfield had close working relationships with teachers and contemporaries wherever he lived; the museum collects their work to provide historical context. His earliest group was affiliated with Cleveland School of Art, which Burchfield attended from 1912 to 1916. Friendships developed, leading to sketching trips and painting excursions in the farther-reaching Ohio countryside. These artists include August F. Biehle, Jr., Marsden Hartley, Henry G. Keller, William Sommer, Paul B. Travis, and Frank N. Wilcox.
The Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries in New York represented Burchfield from 1929 until years after his death. Between 1949 and 1953, Burchfield taught courses at the Art Institute of Buffalo; Ohio University in Athens, Ohio; the University of Buffalo; University of Minnesota in Duluth, Minnesota; and the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy.
The concentration of watercolor at Burchfield Penney extends additional focus through work in the collection by artists Rita Argen Auerbach, Robert Blair, John Carroll, Charles Clough, Virginia Cuthbert, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Peppino Mangravite, Reginald Marsh, Margaret Martin, Joseph Orffeo, Catherine Parker, David Pratt, Eugene Speicher, Ellen Steinfeld, Martha Visser’t Hooft, James Vullo, Joseph Whalen, Frank N. Wilcox, and others.
These unique collections provide even broader context and relevance through connections and affiliations with the Art Conservation Department, E.H. Butler Library at Buffalo State College, and a variety of related archival holdings, references and resources at the Burchfield Penney.
For example, the art critic and artist Richard Huntington, former artistic director of Artpark, reveals in a demonstration video, his bold process painting, while Monica Angle, whose work is in collections nationwide, demonstrates the fluidity of her process using printmaking techniques combined with layering watercolor paints.
The Burchfield Penney Art Center invites watercolor enthusiasts to contribute to the social space to enjoy conversations on the media of watercolor, such as blogs on topics including special techniques and materials, favorite places to paint, and the use of watercolor as a sketch or in fashion illustration. The Center welcomes reviews that highlight watercolor exhibitions in various communities and news from watercolor societies around the world.
The Burchfield Penney Art Center invites watercolor enthusiasts to become involved. Contact Kathy Gaye Shiroki for further information on the Center for Watercolor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716-878-3549.