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.

Capping a city-wide celebration of the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright that opens on June 8th, the New York State Arts and Crafts Alliance will present a conference on the Buffalo region’s preeminent role in American Arts & Crafts. An international list of speakers will convene October 20-22, 2017 at the University of Buffalo to discuss the connection between Buffalo’s Arts and Crafts innovators, the industrial character of the region, and other forces that shaped the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts—a group that included most of the leading practitioners of Arts and Crafts design in the US.

At the turn of the century, the Buffalo region was both an innovative hub of U.S. industry and the epicenter of American Arts and Crafts. Conceived in Britain in response to the dehumanization of the industrial revolution, American Arts and Crafts instead often embraced technological advances and factory techniques. Western New York included some of the movement’s most influential figures such as Frank Lloyd Wright, the Roycrofters, Charles Rohlfs, Gustav Stickley, Adelaide Robineau, Birge Wallpaper Co.—not to mention Buffalo Pottery, Heintz Metalwork, The Arts and Crafts Shop, among so many others.

“This conference will help finally shepherd the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts home, back from its long exile outside our region.” said Dr. Jonathan D. Katz, chair of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo and one of the conference organizers. “This was the most important design center of the period in the US, bar none—and this conference is structured to explain why.” The list of speakers include Wright expert and UB emeritus professor Jack Quinan, along with 10 other national and international experts. Celebrated Roycroft historian and collector Boice Lydell will do an illustrated lecture on his collection, the best in the field. Geared to the impassioned amateur as well as scholars, this conference is open to all, but registration is required.

The mission of the New York State Arts and Crafts Alliance is to strengthen and promote Buffalo’s, and Western New York’s, position as the historic leader of the American Arts and Crafts movement, and connect, leverage, and deepen the Arts & Crafts assets of the region. The Alliance will also build recognition of the “Buffalo School” of artists/artisans, which began at this period, and extends to present day.

Please register for the conference here.

The accompanying exhibition, Wright’s Larkin: Arts and Crafts in Industry, will be on view in the Hayes Hall Atrium from June 8-October 19, 2017. Please visit for more information.

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