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Visit Burchfield Penney Art Center
The Burchfield Penney Art Center is an arts and educational institution located on the campus of Buffalo State College. Dedicated to the art and vision of American painter Charles E. Burchfield, it was founded in 1966 as the Charles E. Burchfield Center. The center features a museum, library, and activity space for the arts. It maintains the world's largest collection of Burchfield's work, as well as many other distinguished artists of Buffalo, Niagara and Western New York.
Originally named the Charles E. Burchfield Center, the museum held its official opening ceremonies on 9 December 1966, with Burchfield himself in attendance. Burchfield died just a month and a day after the museum's inauguration.
The museum moved to a new home located on 4.9 acres (20,000 m2) of land at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Rockwell Road in Buffalo, New York in November 2008. The Burchfield Penney opened in its new location on November 22, 2008, with a 31-hour non-stop grand opening event. The new 84,000-square-foot (7,800 m2) museum is designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects.