Admission-free gallery featuring local and regional fine art exhibits with a strong focus on Western New York artists.
Current Hours: Monday-Friday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
The Gallery is closed on Saturdays until after Labor Day as well as major holidays, and occasionally closed due to private functions. If traveling, call (716) 433-2617, Monday-Friday before 5 pm, to confirm that the Gallery is open the day you wish to visit.
Support for the Kenan House Gallery Exhibitions 2014 is provided by M&T Bank, the Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Arts Council, and Kenan Quilters' Guild.
UPCOMING EXHIBIT, 2014
Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society National Exhibit
October 19-November 16, 2014
The Kenan Center will host the 12th annual Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society National Exhibit, October 19-November 16. A reception and awards presentation will be held on Sunday, October 26 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St, Lockport. Exhibit hours are M-F, noon-5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 pm. The Gallery will be closed Tuesday, November 11. The juried exhibit will feature 58 artists and 70 paintings.
Juror for the exhibit is Jeannie McGuire, a Pittsburgh-based watercolor artist. McGuire strives to invoke individual interpretation through her artwork, which impressively utilizes a free application of paint and stylistic forms of expression. Narratives are communicated in such works as “Kenneth,” the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor selection. McGuire uses her own photography, acquired snapshots and life drawings to spark her creativity. Her work has been described as a brilliant combination of emotion, movement, and artistry that has been expanded upon from her days as a commercial graphic designer and photographer. Impressionistic in nature with an identifiable subject, her strong, figurative approaches are unique in more ways than one. As is the case, her works have been displayed and awarded on an international level and represented in numerous art magazines.
Sponsors of the Kenan Center House Gallery 2014 exhibitions are M&T Bank, Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild.
CURRENT EXHIBIT, 2014
Sharing the Spotlight: A Decade of Painting by Coni Minneci
September 7-October 12, 2014
The Gallery will be closed Sunday, September 21 for a Tea & Tour with Coni Minneci. Open to pre-paid guests only. Regular Gallery hours resume on Monday, September 22.
The Kenan Center is proud to present, “Sharing the Spotlight: A Decade of Painting by Coni Minneci,” September 7 through October 12. An artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, September 7 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St, Lockport. Exhibit hours are M-F, noon-5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 pm.
The exhibit will feature one of Minneci’s most well-known series: “A to Z: An Historical Survey of Women Artists,” in which she uses a still life of a pear to represent each woman. Says Minneci of this series: “Each of those paintings is intended to serve as an homage to a specific woman artist that I researched.” Minneci will include loaned works by several of the women artists represented in the A to Z series including Cindy Sherman, Susan Rothenberg, Bonnie Gordon, and Dorothy Simpson Kraus—all from the collection of Gerald Mead. Minneci, herself, is adding a piece that includes nine prints from Yoko Ono’s “Instructions for Paintings/Interactive Papers,” featured in a 2002 retrospective exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The individual “cards” (of which there were originally 21) will be framed together and displayed next to Ono’s representative painting in the A to Z series.
The exhibit will also include an extensive number of paintings of Niagara Falls that span 10 years of Minneci’s painting career along with other landscapes, many of which are on loan from private and public collections.
With degrees in Graphic Design and Fine Art, Coni Minneci has worked as a commercial illustrator, designer, and fine art painter for over thirty years. Her award winning work has been shown in solo, juried and curated exhibitions and galleries in the United States. Her work can be found in private collections in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe and in corporate and public collections, most recently Harper International Corp. and the permanent collection of the Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls. She is represented by Tom McCabe and Jeff Holloway of Eminent Design Gallery, Sonoma, CA. Says Holloway of Minneci’s art: “Her work has been described as startlingly beautiful in whatever format she chooses, from her miniatures to her over scale panels, from oil to acrylic. She has the ability to capture one’s imagination and attention.”
A Tea & Tour in the Gallery will be held on Sunday, September 21. The event includes light luncheon fare, dessert and tea followed by a conversation with the artist. Cost is $20 per person; advance reservations are required by calling 433-2617.
Sponsors of the Kenan Center House Gallery 2014 exhibitions are M&T Bank, Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild.
PREVIOUS EXHIBITS, 2014
Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit
July 27-August 29, 2014
The Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust Street, Lockport will present the Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit (NFAE,) July 27 through August 29, featuring artisans from the western and central New York region working in a variety of 2- and 3-dimensional media. Gallery hours are: Monday-Friday, 12 noon-5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. A free public reception and awards presentation will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Fifty-one artists were selected for the show. They are: Paul Alico; Robert Bemisderfer; Karen Carbonara; Margaret Carney; Daniel Chadwick; Brenda Cretney; Beverly DiPalma; Ric Feeney; Beverly Fink; Sharon Fundalinski; Cynthia Gawley; Kristine Gazzo; Kathleen S. Giles; John Glennie; Anita Gullo-Eardley; Joan Hambleton; Judy Hartke; Charles Houseman; Carol Koziol Clark; Pat Kraus; John Lagomaggiore; Joan Langley-Shaw; Nancy C. Mariani; Carol Mathewson; Maureen Matthews-Toth; Manning McCandlish; Kathleen McDonnell; Kelsey Merkle; John Merlino; Christine A. Miller; George Miller; Donna Miska; Fran Noonan; Cindi O’Mara; Betty Pitts-Foster; Rose Popper; M. Scott Reagan; Robert J. Rimmer; Joan Saba; Carl Schifano; Kathy Schifano; Carol Siracuse; Rose Marie Sroka; Dennis Stierer; E. Jane Stoddard; Sally Treanor; Orlando Vanich; David Vitrano; Dody Walter; Joseph Whalen, and Bill Wilson.
Since 1967, the Kenan Center’s Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit has provided a forum for significant new works by artists from the Niagara region. The juried show features a variety of media including oils, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, photography, pen and ink, charcoal, and terra cotta sculpture.
Seven cash awards will be presented during the opening reception including Best of Show, Juror’s Choice Purchase Award, the Sheila Whalen Memorial Realism in Drawing Award, the Julia Beamer Memorial Award, and three Awards of Excellence. In addition, three Honorable Mention Awards will be given.
Juror for the show is watercolor artist, Jodie Ziehm. She is a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Art Dialogue, Buffalo Niagara Art Association, Fine Arts League of Buffalo, where she coordinated life drawing classes for many years, and the Carnegie Art Center where she is a past board member. She has participated in many group and solo gallery exhibitions, both locally and nationally and has won numerous awards.
Sponsors of the 2014 Kenan Center Gallery exhibits are M & T Bank, Kenan Arts Council, the Grigg Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild. For more information, call (716) 433-2617 or go to www.kenancenter.org.
Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit Award Recipients
Hamburg artist, Paul Alico, took the Best of Show award on Sunday, July 27 at the opening of the Kenan Center’s Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit for his pastel titled, “Larkin Stop.” John Lagomaggiore (Niagara Falls), received the Juror’s Choice Purchase Award for his photograph, “Love in Barcelona.” The Sheila Whalen Memorial Award for Realism in Drawing went to Kelsey Merkle for her work titled, “Rebel.” The Julia Beamer Memorial Award went to Joan Saba for her painting, “Blue & White.” Three Awards of Excellence were presented. They went to: Fran Noonan for “Quell,” Nancy Mariani for ”Keeping Control,” and M. Scott Reagan for his 3-D sculpture, “The Future is the Past.” Three Honorable Mention Awards were also presented. Those awardees were: Kathleen Giles (Gasport) for “Peonies in Spotlight,” Robert Bemisderfer (Niagara Falls) for “House on the Hill,” and Sharon Fundalinksi for “Windswept.”
Since 1967, the Kenan Center’s Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit has provided a forum for significant new works by artists from the Niagara region. The juried show features a variety of media including oils, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, photography, pen and ink, charcoal, and terra cotta sculpture. Fifty-one artists are represented in this year’s show.
The exhibit continues through August 29. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m. and Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Gallery will be closed August 24 for a private event.
Buffalo Niagara Art Association
June 22-July 20, 2014
The Kenan Center Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport, will host an exhibit by members of the Buffalo Niagara Art Association opening Sunday, June 20 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit continues through July 22 (closed July 4-6). Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5 pm and Sunday, 2-5 pm. Juror for the exhibit was Coni Minecci.
The exhibit will feature 65 works by 33 artists. They are: Dennis Bertram, Anna Boccio, Paula Borkowski, Karen Carbonara, Thomas Coyne, Enid Edelman, Joan Hambleton, Jean Jain, Paulette Jurek, Patricia Kraus, Ryan Matthew, Maureen Matthews, Cindi O’Mara, Jean MacDonald, Manning McCandlish, Eileen McNamara, Fran Noonan, Kathleen O’Donnell, Catherine P. O’Neill, Linda Piper, Sherrill Primo, Marie Prince, Judie Pufpaff, Margaret Raab, Len Rusin, Kath Schifano, Patricia Sciandra, Joan Langley Shaw, E. J. Stoddard, Mimi Swados, Joan Turrell, Dienna Wienholtz, and Jody Ziehm.
The Buffalo Niagara Art Association (BNAA) is a diverse group of artists with styles ranging from photo realism to lyrical abstraction. The mission of BNAA is to foster a bond between artists, promoting understanding and interest in the creative arts.
Originally known as the Amherst Society of Artists (founded in March 1955), the Buffalo Niagara Art Association changed its name in 2006 to reflect the more diverse geographical area in which the members live.
For more information go online to www.kenancenter.org or call 433-2617.
Rita Argen Auerbach: Chronicle of a 40-Year Career in Watercolor
May 4-June 15, 2014
The Kenan Center is proud to present, “Rita Argen Auerbach: Chronicle of a 40-Year Career in Watercolor,” May 4-June 15. An artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, May 4 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St, Lockport.
An internationally recognized watercolorist and educator, Auerbach’s work has strongly focused on Buffalo architecture, Chautauqua Institution’s Victoriana, and landscapes inspired by her frequent travels here and abroad. Her paintings are represented in numerous museum, public and private collections, and have appeared in both curated and solo exhibitions at Kenan Center, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, Hallwalls, and Art Dialogue Gallery, among others, as well as at Chautauqua Institution.
Auerbach received her B.S. and M.S. in Art Education from SUNY Buffalo State College. She taught for twenty years in the Clarence Central School district, serving as Art Department Chair from 1992-1994. Auerbach has also been the recipient of numerous awards, and served in leadership positions throughout her career including President of the Buffalo Society of Artists and Charter/Vice President of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society.
This exhibit will feature a broad spectrum of Auerbach’s work including Western New York landscapes and architecture, works from her Frank Lloyd Wright series, plus florals, scenes from travel abroad, and still lifes.
Exhibit hours are M-F, noon-5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 pm. The exhibit will be open special hours during 100 American Craftsmen: 11 am-5 pm, May 31 and noon-4 pm, June 1. The Gallery will be closed May 24-26, 30, and June 2, and Saturdays starting June 7.
A Tea & Tour in the Gallery will be held on Sunday, June 8. The event includes light luncheon fare and assorted sweet confections and teas followed by a conversation with the artist. Cost is $20 per person; advance reservations are required by calling 433-2617.
Patron sponsors of the Auerbach exhibit are Francis and Cindy Letro, Jim and Joy Brandys, and William Magavern.
Storrs All High Photo Show
April 6-27, 2014
For the twenty-ninth year, the Kenan Center in Lockport will present the STORRS ALL HIGH PHOTO SHOW, featuring the work of high school students from across western and central New York State. This year’s show opens Sunday, April 6, with a free public reception from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust Street in Lockport. Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit continues through Sunday, April 27. Kenan Center House Gallery exhibitions are generously sponsored by M&T Bank, Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild. Award support for this exhibit was provided by The Buffalo News/NeXt and individual sponsors.
Twenty-seven schools are represented in this year’s show. They are: Akron; Alden; Amherst; Cassadaga Valley; Cattaraugus Little Valley; Charter School for Applied Technology; Clarence; C. W. Baker; Genesee Valley; Kenmore East; Kenmore West; Lewiston-Porter; Lockport; Mt. St. Mary’s Academy; Newfane; North-Rose Wolcott; North Tonawanda; Palmyra-Macedon; Pembroke; Royalton-Hartland; Skaneateles; Southwestern; Sweet Home; Tonawanda; West Genesee; Williamsville East and Williamsville North.
Sixteen category awards will be presented. They are: Best School Overall, Best of Show, Student Processed and Best of Show Commercially Processed; Black & White, Color, Urbanscape; Landscape, Floralscape, Portrait, Waterscape, Computer Generated, Still Life, Journalism/Documentary; Sports, Architecture, and Animal. In addition, one student from each school is recognized with a merit award.
The exhibit is named in honor of Lockport artist, William Storrs, who passed away in 2005. An accomplished artist and long-time contributor to visual arts programming at the Kenan Center, Storrs was instrumental in starting the All High Photo Show which was designed to showcase the photographic work of high school students throughout Western New York, and was an active participant in the installation of the works as well as the awards presentation.
The Kenan Center is a regional community center for arts, education and recreation located on 25 acres in historic Lockport, New York. Facilities include a sports arena, a 153-seat theater, education building, outdoor recreational fields, and the Kenan house, a mid-19th century Italianate design, featuring a year-round art gallery and formal gardens. For more information call (716) 433-2617 or find us online at www.kenancenter.org; Twitter @kenanlockport, and on Facebook.
February 23-March 30, 2014
The Kenan Center is pleased to present a solo exhibition by artist Amy Greenan. “Greenan@Kenan” opens with an artist reception on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The show will be on exhibit through March 30, 2014. The Kenan Center 2014 gallery exhibitions are sponsored by M&T Bank, Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters' Guild.
Fine artist Amy Greenan was born and raised in Western New York. She studied at SUNY Purchase (BFA, 1993), and the University at Buffalo (MFA, 2007). Her first post-graduate solo show took place at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum in 2009. It was part of the TopSpin series, introducing emerging artists; the show brought her to the attention of serious collectors and institutions.
Her artwork has since been shown internationally, and has been accessioned into the permanent collections of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY, the Gibson Gallery at SUNY Potsdam, and the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS. Greenan works and lives in Niagara Falls, NY.
“The Kenan Center is especially excited to present Amy Greenan’s artwork,” said Susan Przybyl, executive director of the Center. “Amy is a rising talent. The Kenan Center Gallery is a perfect venue in which to showcase her diverse artistic strengths.”
Greenan is represented by Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary. Said Brownrout, “This is a great opportunity to view an extensive selection of Amy’s artwork. It is her most comprehensive exhibition to date.”
UnreLuctant: A Solo Exhibit of Paintings by Lin Xia Jiang
January 12-February 16, 2014
The Kenan Center is proud to present a solo exhibit of paintings of Lin Xia Jiang, January 12-February 16, with a free public reception to be held Sunday, January 19. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 pm. The Gallery will be closed Monday, January 20.
Jiang is currently a professor of Art and coordinator of the Painting and Drawing program in the Fine Arts Department at Buffalo State College. Educated both in China and the United States, Jiang has exhibited his paintings regionally, nationally and internationally. His paintings are in numerous private, cooperative and public collections which include those of Phillip Morris Company Inc., New York; Rantrack Cooperation, Seattle; Oregon Health Sciences University; Oregon State University, the State University of New York at Potsdam, New York; Burchfield-Penny Art Center, Buffalo, New York; Buffalo State College; Roswell Cancer Research Institute in Buffalo, NY and Japan.
Mr. Jiang has been invited as guest juror, visiting artist lecturer and panelist by institutions and organizations such as the School of Art at Rochester Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, St. Lawrence University, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Wuhan University in China, School of Fine Arts at the Capital Normal University in Beijing and The School of Fine Arts at Hainan University in China. His painting and drawings have been published in art publications and books, including "New American Paintings", “Imaging the Word", “Drawing from Life", "LA Biennial International Invitational 2001", "Studio Visit 2010", "Figurama 2010", and "New Art International." A frequent award recipient at juried shows, locally Mr. Jiang’s work has been chosen for exhibitions at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penny Art Center, and Carnegie Art Center.
PREVIOUS EXHIBITS, 2011
View photos from the October 9 opening of the Catherine Parker exhibit. An exciting event on a perfect fall afternoon! Check out the Zillycakes cupcakes with mini hand-painted candies depicting one of Parker's paintings!
Artist Joe Whalen presents remarks during the Tea & Shared Memories event on January 23,2011.To view other Kenan Center tagged videos, click the YouTube icon on the screen or subscribe to the Kenan Center YouTube Channel.
ABOUT THE KENAN CENTER HOUSE GALLERY
The Kenan Center House Gallery is located in the Kenan House, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. An active exhibition space since 1966 when it featured the works of Charles Burchfield, the Kenan Center House Gallery averages eight exhibits annually of local and regional artists. Committed to fostering artistic expression in young people, the gallery also includes a high school photo exhibit on its calendar each year.