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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 ONLY Monday – Friday 12-4 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Appointments are required for all visits. If there are no appointments scheduled for the day, the gallery will be closed. Please call 716.433.2617 to schedule your visit at least 24 hours prior to your visitation. No admission; $5 donation is greatly appreciated. Max of 18 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.

Please be advised that the Gallery is closed the following dates in 2021:

  • Saturday, October 16

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.


2021 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!

  • A Photographic Celebration of the Erie Canal: Featuring works by F.B. Clench
    • The Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation, in collaboration with the Kenan Center, presents an exhibit that will trace the life of photographer Frank Bernard Clench and the genesis of photography in the latter part of the 19th Century in upstate New York and Lockport’s Erie Canal. On view from April 25 through June 6, 2021.
  • Buffalo Niagara Art Association
    • On view June 13 – July 18. The Buffalo Niagara Art Association (BNAA) is an artistically diverse network of western New York artists bonded together to promote community understanding and interest in the visual arts.
  • Fine Arts League of Buffalo
    • On view July 25 – August 22. FALB shows the work of artists working in all aspects of realism, including traditional, expressive, interpretive and all varieties of contemporary realism.
  • The Ladies of Pando by Lori Leachman
    • On view August 29 – October 10. Click here to read Lori’s Artist Biography and Statement.
  • Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society
    • On view October 17 – November 14. The Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society is a not-for-profit organization for persons interested in transparent watercolor.
      The primary purpose is to advance the stature of watercolor as a major medium through education and to foster the appreciation of both the artist and the viewing public. Workshops and receptions dates TBA.


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