OUR MISSION: Keeping Heritage Alive
The Buffalo Religious Arts Center was established to collect and preserve fine art from the many houses of worship that have closed their doors in the Western New York area. The Art Center is one of the first galleries in the United States housed in a former church and dedicated to the preservation of religious art.
The stained glass windows, statuary and art work 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. It is our intention that this extraordinary art will always remain in Western New York.
The arts center is located in the former St. Francis Xavier Church, in the historic Black Rock section of Buffalo. The Center collects religious art from all denominations, and will appeal to people, both religious and non-religious who appreciate fine art.