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Admission-free gallery featuring local and regional fine art exhibits with a strong focus on Western New York artists. 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.

Gallery Hours

Current Hours: Monday-Friday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. The Gallery may be closed for major holidays and 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. Follow the Kenan Center on Facebook or Instagram for closing announcements.

Support for the Kenan House Gallery Exhibitions 2018 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.

Currently on view

On view: July 28 – September 8

Play, Think, Create Children’s Exhibition

The Kenan Center is proud to present the Play, Think, Create Children’s Exhibition. This exhibit explores the vivid imagination of children. Art by Marie Prince (Play, Think, Create), Alixandra Martin (The Place), Project Play Western New York Photo Collection, Kenan Quilter’s Guild: Storybook Quilt Project and more will be featured.

Bring your young, budding artists to experience a gallery exhibition made just for them!

Images: Play Think Create by Marie Prince & The Place artwork by Alixandra Martin


Upcoming Exhibitions | 2019

September 15 – October 13
Designer Takeover of the Kenan Mansion

November 1, 2, 3
Kenan Quilters Guild Biennial Show

October 20 – November 17
Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society

November 22, 23, 24
Kenan Arts Council Holiday Gift Show

Previous Exhibitions | 2019

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.

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