Folk Arts Exhibits

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 »

Molagana: in Partnership with the Niagara University Library

August 21, 2015 - August 21, 2016

The Folk Arts program of the Castellani Art Museum is partnering with the Niagara University Library[http://http//] to present an exhibition of molagana donated to the library by Niagara University alumni, Frank J. Zampatori Jr., ’63. The exhibition of Molagana is... Learn More »

Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer

July 20, 2014 - December 21, 2014

Sarah Brayer, a Rochester-born artist living in Kyoto since the 1980s, makes large-scale, handmade paperworks as the only Westerner working in the 800 year old papermaking village of Echizen. The wall panels, screens, and scrolls that she produces using paper... Learn More »

Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts

February 2, 2014 - June 20, 2014

Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts presents a journey across America through the lives of individuals whose creativity is rooted in their cultural identity and community. Around the world, programs honor individuals who have made signature contributions to their... Learn More »