Folk Arts Exhibits

Vernacular Architecture: Frontier Building in Niagara County

July 21, 2019 - April 12, 2020

Frontier Building: Vernacular Architecture in Niagara County is a multi-year project organized by the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University’s Folk Arts Program. This project seeks to develop a representative survey of commonplace architecture in Niagara County, raising awareness of... Learn More »

Born from Wood: The Niagara Frontier Wood Carvers

April 8, 2019 - June 24, 2019

From the first rough cut to the final finishing touch, every woodcarving is a journey: a path of thought, intent, and action behind every movement of blade against wood.  Born from Wood: The Niagara Frontier Wood Carvers features the woodworks of... Learn More »

Fashioning Identities: Ethnic Wedding Dress in New York

November 18, 2018 - June 9, 2019

Fashioning Identities: Ethnic Wedding Dress in New York explores the role of traditional ethnic wedding dress worn within New York State’s diverse cultural landscape: how it is followed, adapted, or re-interpreted. Ethnic wedding dress refers to the traditional clothing and adornment... Learn More »

The Higner Maritime Collection: Twenty-Five Years of Ship Building by Justin Higner

August 18, 2018 - March 17, 2019

This exhibition celebrates Justin Higner’s twenty-five-year shipbuilding career, highlighting the evolution of his model-building techniques and inventive, pseudo-historical nautical allegories. Justin Higner builds worlds. For as long as he can remember, Justin has created all sorts of lived environments for... Learn More »

Wearing Meaning: Reflections on Traditional Clothing

May 6, 2018 - July 7, 2018

A hat, a pair of jeans, an old jacket — the clothes we choose to wear are more than their stitching: they are an important reflection and expression of who we are. From simply being “something to wear” to featuring a... Learn More »

Appealing Words: Calligraphy Traditions in Western New York

August 27, 2017 - August 26, 2018

Calligraphy – the art of writing – is a form of traditional art that can be found throughout the world in diverse cultural and religious traditions. In every character, word, and phrase, calligraphy conveys meaning not only from its content... Learn More »

Ebru: Floating Emotions

April 4, 2017 - July 9, 2017

A vivid blue floats idly on water, guided by a metal pin pulling at its color – the beginning designs of a new ebru. Ebru is the traditional Turkish art of paper marbling – sprinkling or dripping paint onto water,... Learn More »

Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday

February 11, 2017 - July 2, 2017

In 1998, two Michigan ceramists—Marie Woo and John Stephenson—received grants from the Asian Cultural Council and the Rockefeller Foundation to explore the diverse folk pottery traditions in China. This research led to the International Chinese Folk Pottery Exhibition / Symposium... Learn More »

"Still at it": The Art and Schematics of Rich deCorse

July 17, 2016 - December 18, 2016

The clanking of gears, the flowing melodies of a piano, and the etching of pen across paper: these are a few of the sounds you encounter in Rich deCorse’s workshop. Among the many tables and the many more tools that... Learn More »

Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II: Continuing Traditions in Northeastern Indian Beadwork

February 7, 2016 - June 26, 2016

Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II explores the intricate details and intimate meanings of Haudenosaunee, Wabanaki, and Chippewa beadwork through exquisite historic works and elaborate contemporary creations. More than 200 historic pieces in the exhibit trace changes in the beadwork... Learn More »