Our Story - Buffalo Art Movement
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Our Story

Buffalo Art Movement (BAM!) supports the development and works of emerging and established artists in Western New York. As an exhibition space and art incubator, we strive to foster collaboration among artists, patrons, students, galleries and art institutions within our community. We are a space free of commercial, political, religious, socioeconomic and ethnic bias, where ideas and new voices are celebrated. Our vision is to provide a platform for local artists to flourish beyond the borders of WNY.

We are calling for artists of all mediums to visit our gallery and reimagine our exhibition space.

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Francisco J Hernandez-Illizaliturri (Paco)

Francisco J Hernandez-Illizaliturri (Paco)

What began as a hobby of art collecting soon became a passion that led founder, Dr. Francisco J. Hernandez-Ilizaliturri (better known as Paco), to establish Buffalo Art Movement. Throughout his years of collecting, Paco has been able to curate a vast collection of works that highlight and celebrate the talents of WNY artists. Additionally, his passion for cultivating the arts in our community has led to an invitation of serving at the Burchfield Penney Art Center as a member of the board of trustees. When he is not at BAM! Paco can be found at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, as the Chief of the Lymphoma Section and Professor of Oncology. In creating BAM! Paco aspires to continue his work of supporting local artists by inviting them into a space where they can share their vision with our community.

Brooke Blakely
Multifaceted Artist

Creative Director

As a universal artist and experimentalist, Brooke Joy Blakely is known for her creative outlook on several different mediums of expression. Some include but are not limited to paint, fibers, ceramics, weaving, abstract design, sustainable design, film, & sound. She fabricates her time studying and constructing at Buffalo State College as a senior Fashion and Fiber Designer while administering creative direction here at Buffalo Art Movement (BAM). As much as Brooke loves being behind the scene curating the next visionary moment, you can also find her in front of the camera modeling her brand OGLXRY or collaborating with some of Buffalo, New York’s finest photographers and creatives. Brooke is an original thinker, innovator, and healer, naturally conceptualizing outside of material matters to help create the perfect experience for all to perceive and enjoy.
Brooke Welcomes All Ideas & Forms of Expressionistic Artistry.

Our current exhibitions will be on display until May 8th 2022