SUNY Buffalo State is known for its extensive programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts, providing many opportunities for students and members of the community to engage in a large variety of arts activities. The campus hosts plays, concerts, exhibitions, poetry readings, and other events in the areas of art conservation, art education, art history, ceramics, creative writing, dance, design, fiber design, furniture, interior design, jewelry, music, painting, paper-making, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and theater.
In addition to student work, professional and world-class installations and performances are a regular feature of Buffalo State’s programming, especially at the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, the Louis P. Ciminelli Recital Hall, the Czurles-Nelson Gallery, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
An internationally renowned art museum that celebrates the artistic legacy of the Western New York region, the Burchfield Penney Art Center is a testament to the life and worked of famed artist Charles E. Burchfield, the foremost American watercolorist of the twentieth century.
The Czurles-Nelson Gallery is an academic space dedicated to supporting the scholarly and cultural mission of the visual arts programs at SUNY Buffalo State and providing a forum for the creative and critical expression of the students and faculty of the visual arts.
Located in Upton Hall next to the Czurles-Nelson Gallery, this first-floor space is devoted exclusively to the display of student art.
The Flexible Theatre in the Donald Savage Theater and Communication Building doubles as a studio space for acting classes and a "black box" theater. This space is used for informal department events, as well mainstage productions requiring the flexibility and intimacy of a smaller space. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of performance experiences from staged readings to improvisational games in this space.
Opened in fall 2012, the Louis P. Ciminelli Recital Hall features a dedicated green room, fully restored 1956 Mason & Hamlin concert grand piano, and state-of-the-art recording studio. This incredible new facility is used for student and faculty recitals, guest artist performances and to teach and produce sound recording. Peer-to-peer collaboration is possible through advanced computer networking, allowing musicians to simultaneously perform with others around the globe in real time. Throughout the design of this performance space, every aesthetic and acoustic detail have been meticulously crafted.
Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State's flagship building, houses the Performing Arts Center, a proscenium-style theater that is equipped with a Steinway Concert Grand Piano, an acoustic concert shell, and full sound- and light-plots. The 856-seat theater’s exceptional acoustics, clear sightlines and state-of-the-art sound and lighting makes it an ideal venue for student, faculty, and guest artist concerts. Rockwell Hall also features a band/recital room, choral practice room, individual practice rooms, and a music computer lab.
The Warren Enters Theatre, a 400-seat proscenium theater, is the primary performance space for the department's mainstage productions. The theater includes a counterweight system, control booth, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment. Fully equipped scene and costume shops, dressing rooms, and rehearsal studio are located nearby.
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