Castellani Art Museum
'...for the purpose of encouraging the study and love of art and improving cultural understanding by forming a significant collection for Niagara University students and the Western New York public. ' - Castellani Art Museum
Welcome to the Castellani Art Museum, the art museum located on the Main Campus of Niagara University in Lewiston, New York. This museum was first initiated in 1976 by Armand and Eleanor Castellani, serving the community as a primary source of modern and folk art for over 40 years now.
Inside Castellani, your group will see various exhibitions featuring nationally known and emerging contemporary artists, as well as traditional folk arts. There are over 5600 works of art total inside, including prints, photographs, paintings, drawings, and sculptures all from the 1850s to the present day. There are examples of modern and folk art throughout, but the museum mainly focuses on collections from the 1970s to today. You can see works by European artist Daumier, 20th-century artist Motherwell, contemporary artist Basquiat, and many more.
Your group may want to opt-in for a docent-led tour during your visit, a tour in which you will be shown the highlights of the permanent collection and a few temporary exhibits as well. You will also learn about the building itself during a tour, the beautiful building made from a white-gray marble imported from Italy. There are 12 massive pillars featured, as well as sculpture courts, 7 individual galleries, and an impressive 20-foot high exhibition hall, all designed by Thomas Moscati.