University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts


October 20-22, 2017


Edmund B. Hayes Hall
4th Floor Conference Room The University at Buffalo, South Campus
Main St and Kenmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214

This international conference will zero in on how and why the Buffalo region became the national capital for design, production and innovation in American Arts and Crafts. With the region’s wealth of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, The Roycroft Campus, Charles Rohlfs, The Larkin Company, Buffalo Pottery, The Arts and Crafts Shop, Stickley, Heintz Art Metal, Adelaide Robineau, Karl Kipp, Walrath Pottery and so many others, no other region of the country can claim the density of local production. In contrast to the British variant, many members of this Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts freely used the region’s technological prowess to achieve a seamless melding of industrial techniques and handcrafted design, detail and quality—the signature of American Arts and Crafts. This conference will examine how and why.

The conference begins Friday evening, October 20th, with a reception and tour of the Roycroft Campus In East Aurora. Buses will run every ½ hour from Hayes Hall starting at 6:30 PM.

The following morning, the conference begins with a breakfast buffet at Hayes Hall.

Bruce Austin Widescreen: Expanding the Research Agenda for Arts & Crafts

Cathleen A. Baker Roycrofter Dard Hunter: Bringing the Viennese Secession to American Arts & Crafts Design

Thomas A. Guiler “Organized as a corporation, but work together as a Community”: Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft and the Commercialization of the Arts and Crafts Utopia

Henry Hull Producing an American Arts and Crafts: The Designs of the Heintz Art Metal Shop of Buffalo, New York

John Murphy The American iteration of the Arts and Crafts Movement in comparison with its British counterparts

Christine Schnaithmann The Larkin Administration Building’s Resonance in the Development of German Modernism

Lisa Schrenk The Impact of Buffalo and the Martin Brothers on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio

Bo Sullivan Decoding the Arts & Crafts Vignettes of the Birge Books, 19041918

Jack Quinan The Larkin Building and Wright’s Oeuvre

Catherine W. Zipf “To the Best of Her Ability”: Literature, Feminism, and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Western New York

During the catered lunch (vegetarian food provided), the noted Roycroft scholar and collector Boice Lydell will offer an illustrated tour of Roycroft’s production pulled from his how own collection, the finest in the world.

Registration will include the Friday evening reception at the Roycroft Inn and entrance to the conference Saturday and Sunday. Cost for registration is $120. An optional tour of local Arts and Crafts landmarks will take place Sunday afternoon for an additional $80.

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Special thanks to the University at Buffalo President’s Circle Award, the New York State Regional and Economic Development Grants, the Univer­sity at Buffalo Department of Architecture and Planning and the Depart­ment of Art, and the Larkin Center for Commerce.

The accompanying exhibition, Wright’s Larkin: Arts and Crafts in Industry, will be on view in the Hayes Hall Atrium from June 8-October 29, 2017. Please visit for more information.

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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