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The Kenan House Gallery features local and regional fine art exhibits with a strong focus on Western New York artists, 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.

Gallery Hours

Change in hours due to COVID 19 & staffing: Please call 716-433-2617 to make a reservation to view the Kenan House Gallery.  In-person gallery hours are available by appointment Monday – Friday 12-5 p.m. and Saturday 2 – 4 p.m. Please call 716-433-2617 to set up your visit. Max of 10 visitors at a time. If traveling, call (716) 433-2617, Monday-Friday before 5 pm, to confirm that the Gallery is open the day you wish to visit. Follow the Kenan Center on Facebook or Instagram for closing announcements.

Support for the Kenan House Gallery Exhibitions is provided by, the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Quilters’ Guild, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel F. Ward, William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, and M&T Bank.


2020 at the Kenan House Gallery

We are so excited to launch another year of high quality exhibitions inside what Union Sun & Journal Readers call the Best of the Best Gallery!

Buffalo Society of Artists: 124th Catalogue Show

September 11 – October 11

Visit the Buffalo Society of Artists page, here.

– View artist videos, award ceremony and more here.
– Virtual exhibition on BSAcalls.com

Russell Ram: Layers of Time – A 50 Year Survey
Guest Curated by Dr. Gerald Mead

October 18 – November 15

This retrospective exhibition, spans five decades of Russell’s art career and puts his well known collage work in context with artwork that preceded it in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. This includes bold abstract paintings, expressive figurative drawings and exacting trompe l’oeil watercolors of foreign currency, and artworks that innovatively combine drawing with elements of collage.

Find out more about this exhibition by visiting here.
View the Buffalo Society of Artists video portrait of Russell Ram, here.





Previous Exhibitions | 2019

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society 14th International Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor 2019. Juried by Iain Stewart, the NFWS Fall 2019 Workshop Artist, Stewart selected 50 paintings from 136 entries by 76 artists.

Vintage Design Takeover of the Kenan Mansion

The Kenan Center is proud to present Vintage Design Takeover. Explore & shop vintage retailers who are on view at the Kenan Mansion. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the Kenan Mansion, a 1859 stunning example of late 19th century Italianate design, while taking in the unique features each designer showcase. On display, Tattered Tulip, Bear Bottom Wholesale, Lock City Vintage and more!

The Kenan Collection

The Kenan Center is proud to present works from the Kenan Center Collection.

Artist included, but not limited to:

Alejandro Guiterrez
Alixandra Martin
Ann Rohring
Bruce Blair
Bruce Shanks
Coni Minneci
Dennis Stierer
George A. Renourd
Gerald Mead
Janette Blair
Joe Whalen
John Wade Jr.
Julia Beamer
Kathleen Giles
L.M. Steadman
Manning McCandlish
Mary Connor Clark
Olivia McConnell
Robert Blair
Walter A. Prochownik
William Storrs

Storrs All High Photography

For the 34th year, the Kenan Center in Lockport will present the Storrs All High Photo Show, featuring photos by students from regional high schools.

For a list of the 2019 award winners, please click here.

Buffalo Arts Studio Invitational

Buffalo Arts Studio Invitational at Kenan House Gallery

Works by Tricia Butski, Fotini Galanes, Bryan Hopkins, Travis Keller, Kathleen Sherin, Ann Stievater, Phyllis Thompson & Muhammad Zaman

Extraordinary Forms V: Clay Invitational

Extraordinary Forms V Clay Invitational, also on view Ceramic Works from the Gerald Mead Collection.

Extraordinary Forms V Clay Invitational include works by Mitchell Messina (Nazareth College), Lori Mills (SUNY Brockport), Hide Sadohara (SUNY Fredonia), Colleen Toledano and Robert Wood (SUNY Buffalo State).

Also on view will be a companion exhibition titled “Ceramics from the Gerald Mead Collection.”

Through the combined histories of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Nazareth College and the SUNY Colleges in Alfred, Buffalo, Brockport, Geneseo, Fredonia and Sanborn, ceramic artists associated with this region have had an enduring presence. This survey exhibition, selected from the extensive collection of Gerald Mead, a noted Buffalo art collector and member of the Kenan Center art committee, consists of ceramic works by current and former ceramic educators at colleges and universities in Western New York.

The artisans included in the exhibition are Marvin Bjurlin, Val Cushing, Julia Galloway, Andrea Gill, John Gill, Tony Hepburn, Wayne Higby, Richard Hirsch, Bryan Hopkins, Gail McCarthy, Lori Mills, Peter Pincus, Ted Randall, Mary Roehm, Carl Shanahan, Neil Tetkowski, Frans Wildenhain, and Robert Wood. [Image; Untitled by Wayne Higby].

Storrs Retro
Closing Reception: Sunday, February 17 2-5PM
On view: January 13 – February 17

Paintings by William Storrs, a well respected artist and teacher from the Lockport, NY area.  The exhibition included works completed between the late 1940’s to 2005.

For weather related closing information please click here.

Kenan Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.