Exhibitions & Events

Live On the Lawn at the Carnegie Art Center

“Live on the Lawn” is an outdoor music series that will take place Thursday nights at the Carnegie Art Center located at 240 Goundry Street in North Tonawanda.

Schedule of Shows:

Thursday, May 13, 6-8PM
Buffalo Jazz Collective Sextet Plays Big Band Hits from the Swing Era

Thursday, May 27, 6-8PM
Multi-Dimensions Quartet

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 6-8PM

Thursday, June 24, 6-8PM
Brendan Lanighan Octet

Thursday, July 8, 6-8PM
Morgan Street Stompers

Thursday, July 22, 6-8PM
Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop

Thursday, Aug 12, 6-8PM
Tim Clarke Soul-tet

Thursday, Aug 26, 6-8PM

Thursday, Sept 9, 6-8PM
The Buffalo Jazz Collective presents Jazz Impressions: “Jazz at the Movies”



Important Dates:
Artwork drop-off: Fri. Aug. 27th 12-4pm and Sat. Aug. 28th 12-4pm
Reception: Thurs. Sept. 2nd, 6-8pm
Artwork pick-up: Sat. Sept. 25th, 4-6pm
On-view: Thurs. Sept. 2 -25, 2021

All Carnegie Members (current, new, or renewing at submission) are invited to submit one of their art works for display.
Submission is limited to one entry per member.

Each year the Carnegie Art Center (CAC) celebrates the outstanding artistic talents and creativity of its members by hosting the annual Members Art Exhibition.

Honors: First, Second and Third Place Cash Prizes will be available.
First place winning artist will also be featured in the 2023 Carnegie Calendar!


Contrapuncti: Recent Works by Thomas Matyas

Opening Reception: Thursday, 30, 2021, 6-8PM

This show will be on view Sept 30- Oct 30, 2021.

Join us for the opening reception of “Contrapuncti: Recent Works by Thomas Matyas” at the Carnegie Art Center on Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6-8PM.

This solo exhibition will feature paintings, sculpture, drawings, collages and prints from 2018 to the present.

About Thomas Matyas: 

Thomas was born in 1969 in Buffalo, New York, where he now lives and works. After receiving a degree in art history from Canisius College, his main creative pursuit was music composition until he began painting in 2014. Growing up amid the abandoned factories and machine graveyards of Buffalo fueled a lifelong fascination with industrial design and architecture.

His work now includes sculpture, drawings, collages and monoprints, all drawing on a personal, metaphoric visual language that explores the psychological implications of manufactured shapes.

Artist Statement:

“The first word that might come to mind when viewing my work, abstract, is not quite accurate. I’m not trying to depict the world as it is, but I do use some of the tools of representational art. There’s a kind of perspective (although not rational) and sometimes a suggestion of light falling on surfaces. Objects pass in front of other objects. Maybe a better word is metaphoric. Geometric and architectural structures stand in for mysterious states of mind. This visual language probably evolved unconsciously in the margins of my school notebooks, where I obsessively doodled lines, boxes, and curves that somehow calmed my anxieties and conjured a more sensible world.

There’s a feeling of nostalgia in the work I make now. The forms hark back to early 20th century modernism and memories of the machine graveyards of North Buffalo, where I grew up. The materials (oils, graphite, ink) are mostly traditional. Like many of the artists I admire, I’m unapologetic about trying to make beautiful objects. The word beauty might suggest something pleasant, decorative, and useless. To me, it means something uncanny, inexplicable, and more valuable than ever in our age of incessant digital noise.”