Folk Arts Exhibits

Newcomers: Transitions to New Lives

July 14, 2013 - December 8, 2013

Newcomers showcases the faces of Buffalo's newest residents, many arriving from countries like Burma, Somalia, and Bhutan. Taken by photographer and ESL (English as Second Language) teacher Lukia Costello, this series of portraits reveals lives in transition and illustrates the... Learn More »

A Good Ride: Arts and Traditions of the Attica Rodeo

January 20, 2013 - May 26, 2013

In 1957, the West was big in the American imagination, abounding in movies, musicals and novels—and in Attica, New York, where a group of teenage boys was about to stage its first rodeo. They formed the Attica and Chaffee Rodeo... Learn More »

(Re-)Making Irish Lace

July 15, 2012 - December 2, 2012

Displaying Irish styles of lace, old and new, historical and reimagined, this exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and handwork of women in Ireland and Western New York. The Irish lacemaking industry arose during the 19th century as a commercial response to poverty... Learn More »

Haydar Hatemi: The Istanbul Painter

January 15, 2012 - May 27, 2012

Iranian-born artist Haydar Hatemi was trained in classical Persian miniature painting and gilded illumination in his home country. In 1983, he immigrated to Turkey where he was inspired by the cosmopolitanism and rich history of Istanbul. Taking the city as... Learn More »

Through Polish-American Eyes: The Art of Alice Wadowski Bak

March 27, 2011 - November 27, 2011

Through Polish-American Eyes: The Art of Alice Wadowski Bak is the first major retrospective of the work Bak created to illustrate traditional Polish customs, celebrations and beliefs.  The daughter of immigrant parents, artist Alice Wadowski-Bak (1935-2008) grew up in a thriving... Learn More »

Artistic and Functional: Aprons from the Karen Anderson Collection

January 25, 2009 - July 19, 2009

Artistic and Functional: Aprons from the Karen Anderson Collection features a diverse selection of 47 aprons collected by Mrs. Karen Anderson of Lynn Center, Illinois.  These beautiful pieces of domestic art demonstrate the ingenuity of a century of American women... Learn More »

Devotional Displays: Personal and Community Traditions

April 4, 2008 - December 14, 2008

Devotional displays are created at the crossroads of folk and formal religious belief. They exist in a wide variety of forms in cultures worldwide—and in many communities in the Greater Niagara region. This exhibition will draw on photographic works from... Learn More »