While this summer looks quite different than past years, art lovers need not fear. The Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda is providing Buffalonians with the culture and art that have become synonymous with summer in Western New York through their online festival launching on July 1st!


The Carnegie Art Center (CAC) is excited to announce the Carnegie Art Festival: A Virtual Art Experience as an alternative to in-person art festivals this summer. The virtual festival will be a website that will be released to the public on July 1st and will be on view until August 1st, 2020. Viewers of the website will be able to browse and purchase artwork from over 130 artists locally and from across the globe. 


For one month, the CAC will host the Carnegie Art Festival: A Virtual Art Experience on their website where visitors of the website can browse and purchase artwork, crafts and other handmade items created by artists from the comfort of their own homes. In lieu of an in-person art festival, the CAC hopes you join them online to browse, support and celebrate the arts.


Courtesy of Carnegie Art Center


As we navigate the current world of unknowns and social distancing, the staff and board at the CAC understand many artists and craftspeople who depend on summer art festivals as a source of income and networking will be in need of a place to show and sell their work. The Carnegie Art Festival will be a virtual art festival to support artists and showcase the amazing talents of our arts community. The website will be laid out as an online gallery where visitors can easily click on images and visit artists’ websites or contact the artist directly to purchase artwork. 


It will be free to view the online festival. The website will feature a variety of artwork including painting, wood work, photography, sculpture, crafts, ceramics and much more! This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy the artist vendors you would normally see at an art festival in an online format. Participating artists will also be highlighted on the CAC’s Facebook and Instagram platforms throughout the month of July. 


“The goal of the virtual festival is to provide a platform for artists to sell their work and stay connected,” said Program Coordinator Natalie Brown. “We look forward to showcasing their work with this virtual art experience.”


Please note, the Carnegie Art Center facility is currently closed and our staff is working off site. The staff and board are working on a reopening plan and are looking forward to opening the space to the public in Phase 4 of the New York State opening plan.