Galleries and Museums

Buffalo has a vibrant arts scene. There are lots of galleries and museums to explore, both on the UB campus and within the city.

Anderson Museum.

The UB Art Gallery

The University at Buffalo is a comprehensive, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence and engagement with the regional, national, and international communities we serve. UB is privileged to have two art galleries dedicated to the university’s mission for academic excellence and service to the community. Each gallery presents a year-round series of exhibitions, providing students, faculty and the broader community easy access to visiting artists, thought-provoking art exhibitions, and educational programs. In addition, UB Art Galleries provide professional training for graduate and undergraduate students through internships and curatorial opportunities. They also support faculty and student research.

UB Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts has a pedagogical mission to present and interpret temporary exhibitions that examine cultural and socio-political topics informing current art practices. The Gallery also initiates programs and conferences that bring together scholars from various disciplines to discuss issues that affect cultural and social policy. UB Art Gallery supports the creation and presentation of artworks by emerging and established artists, emphasizing interpretation of this work through scholarly publications.


The mission of UB Anderson Gallery is education, research, and maintenance of the University’s permanent collection. Through its accessibility, the Anderson Gallery offers a rich cultural resource to scholars, regional arts communities, and the general public. The museum fulfills its educational mission by presenting exhibitions and programs in support of the curriculum, and by providing study and research opportunities. The Gallery is dedicated to collaboration between the university, cultural institutions, and the community in order to enrich our educational programs.

In 2000, collector and gallery owner David K. Anderson, son of legendary New York gallerist Martha Jackson, donated the Anderson Gallery building, along with over 1,200 works of art, to UB. As home to UB’s permanent art collection, UB Anderson Gallery is a museum that manages and exhibits the school’s visual resources and serves as a venue for scholarly exhibitions. UB Anderson Gallery provides students with hands-on experiences in museum studies, arts administration, and anthropology, while offering faculty and graduate students curatorial opportunities.

Albright-Knox Art


One of the oldest art institutions in the country, the Albright is renowned as the home of one of the most significant collections of modern and contemporary art in North America. Their bench is long and deep and includes names like Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, Gauguin, Pollock, Warhol

Burchfield Penney Art

Burchfield-Penney Art Center.

The Burchfield is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the work of artists from throughout Western New York, with a special emphasis on the work of famed watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield, who made his home for many years in nearby Gardenville. The exhibits and programming at the Burchfield are rich and varied and offer a visitor a consistently compelling visual arts experience.

Griffis Sculpture Park

Griffis Sculpture Park.

Griffis Sculpture Park created by artist Larry W. Griffis Jr in 1966, was the first sculpture park in the United States. It features more than 250 works of art created by over 100 artists, and also serves as a nature preserve, with 10 miles of trails.

Hallwalls Arts Center


Hallwalls was established by Charles Clough, Robert Longo, Diane Bertolo, Nancy Dwyer, Larry Lundy, Cindy Sherman and Michael Zwack in 1974 in a converted ice packing warehouse, the Essex Art Center, which had been converted into studios for artists.

The focus of Hallwalls since its inception has been to produce a space that will accommodate artists from diverse backgrounds. Works from varying mediums, which include film, video, performance art, music, painting, photography, and sculpture, have come together since the beginning, to confront the prevailing social issues of contemporary culture.

CEPA Gallery

CEPA Gallery.

An internationally recognized arts center with eight galleries, an open access darkroom and state-of-the-art computer imaging facilities. CEPA curates exhibitions of contemporary photo-related art, commissions artists to produce new work, offers youth and adult workshops in photography and digital imaging, and changing exhibitions and multi-media public art installations.

Big Orbit

Big orbit gallery.

Big Orbit Gallery is an artist-run, not-for-profit cultural center dedicated to multidisciplinary explorations of contemporary art issues, with a focus on Western New York art. With exhibitions ranging from painting to architectural installations to live sound sculpture. Big Orbit Gallery extends Buffalo’s legacy of cultural innovation.