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Mission and Vision


The Czurles-Nelson Gallery is an academic space dedicated to supporting the scholarly and cultural mission of the visual arts programs at SUNY Buffalo State and providing a forum for the creative and critical expression of the students and faculty of the visual arts.


The gallery is an engaging learning space and a supportive environment that encourages investigation, experimentation, and critical thinking, while providing comprehensive, hands-on exhibition experience.

About the Gallery

Dedicated in 2009, the Czurles-Nelson Gallery honors Stanley A. Czurles, the late SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of art education, who founded Buffalo State’s art education program in 1931. 

Through a combination of current and planned gifts, Czurles’s daughter, Barbara L. Czurles Nelson, and her late husband, Donald J. Nelson, established six annual scholarships—five benefiting a student in each of the five visual arts programs and the sixth going to a student in the Music Department—and continued support for the gallery itself.

School of Arts and Humanities

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Czurles-Nelson Gallery

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Upton Hall
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-3549