About Us

Our Mission: Keeping Heritage Alive

The Buffalo Religious Arts Center was established in 2008 to collect and preserve fine art from the many houses of worship that were forced to close their doors. The Art Center is one of the few galleries in the United States housed in a former church and dedicated to the preservation of religious art.

The Buffalo Religious Art Center has a threefold purpose:

  • Preserve the former St. Francis Xavier Church which houses our collection.
  • Collect and display religious art from the closed churches.
  • Provide a testimonial to the people who created this art.

The stained glass windows, statuary and artwork that we are collecting provide a unique insight into Buffalo's culture as well as artistic history. These artifacts reveal the ethnic style of the thousands of European immigrants who came to Buffalo over the past centuries. Despite their poverty, they were able to gift us with an amazing diversity of religious decorative styles.

The Center collects religious art from all denominations and will appeal to people, both religious and non-religious, who appreciate fine art.

Who We Are

We are a growing group of volunteers who want to maintain this historic structure and to exhibit religious art from the various faith traditions in our community.

We are blessed with many talented members of our team. We have preservationists and historians, community leaders and art lovers, optimists and people of faith. All share a passion to create something special and unique in our city. But we need your help to make this dream a reality.

Please join us in our effort to create a religious arts center in Buffalo. Contact us at info [at] buffaloreligiousarts.org, or using the form on our contact page.

Executive Board

Mary Holland
President

William Koch
Vice-President & Treasurer

Benjamin Spitler
Recording Secretary

Board of Trustees

Lucy Ederer
Membership Chair

Joyce DiChristina
Volunteer Chair

Clifford Whitman

Advisory Council

Ronald Bates
Business Development

Carol Bronnenkant
Grants

Patrick Mahoney, AIA
Architecture

Clergy Council

Msgr. Robert Golombek

Rev. Roy Herberger