Folk Arts Exhibits

"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 »

(Almost) Too Good To Eat: Marking Life Transitions with Food

July 14, 2013 - December 8, 2013

Focusing on a sampling of local ritual food traditions connected to transitional moments—from daily acts of prayer and hospitality, to the singular experience of migration—this exhibition explores the universal role of food as a mediator within human, spiritual, spatial, and... Learn More »

Newcomers: Transitions to New Lives

July 14, 2013 - December 8, 2013

Newcomers showcases the faces of Buffalo's newest residents, many arriving from countries like Burma, Somalia, and Bhutan. Taken by photographer and ESL (English as Second Language) teacher Lukia Costello, this series of portraits reveals lives in transition and illustrates the... Learn More »

A Good Ride: Arts and Traditions of the Attica Rodeo

January 20, 2013 - May 26, 2013

In 1957, the West was big in the American imagination, abounding in movies, musicals and novels—and in Attica, New York, where a group of teenage boys was about to stage its first rodeo. They formed the Attica and Chaffee Rodeo... Learn More »

(Re-)Making Irish Lace

July 15, 2012 - December 2, 2012

Displaying Irish styles of lace, old and new, historical and reimagined, this exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and handwork of women in Ireland and Western New York. The Irish lacemaking industry arose during the 19th century as a commercial response to poverty... Learn More »

Haydar Hatemi: The Istanbul Painter

January 15, 2012 - May 27, 2012

Iranian-born artist Haydar Hatemi was trained in classical Persian miniature painting and gilded illumination in his home country. In 1983, he immigrated to Turkey where he was inspired by the cosmopolitanism and rich history of Istanbul. Taking the city as... Learn More »