Marion Faller | Bob Huot's Costume Party (1974-75)

Most comprehensive exhibit for the late artist

December 1, 2017Buffalo, NY—CEPA Gallery, in partnership with Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary, is pleased to announce The Unseen Marion Faller, an exhibition and sale of photographic artwork by artist Marion Faller. The event takes place April 20-July 8, 2018 at CEPA Gallery, 617 Main Street, Buffalo, New York.

The exhibition and sale is the most comprehensive survey of the late artist’s work. Many pieces in the exhibit have never been presented in a gallery setting.

Marion Faller (1941-2014) was a photographer and professor of studio photography and photographic history. She taught at Colgate University, Hunter College, Marymount Manhattan College, and, from 1982 to 2006, at the University at Buffalo. Her diverse artistic practice, laced with humor and a social documentarian’s eye, spanned 50 years. It encompassed early black and white work, collage, pioneering xerographic art, and, in later years, full-color large-scale photography capturing public displays of religious customs, cultural traditions, and seasonal events. Through the generations that she instructed and the artists with whom she associated, Faller’s impact and influence on the Western New York community—and the art world at large—continues.

She exhibited widely in her lifetime. Her photographs are held in many important museum collections including the Addison Gallery of American Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Castellani Art Museum, George Eastman Museum, and the Walker Art Center.

Of special note, in this exhibition, is the inclusion of the photographic series Rites of Passage (1983-84), created with her husband and frequent artistic collaborator Hollis Frampton (1936-1984). Rites of Passage, 20 black and white photographs featuring a wedding cake topped with symbolic icons from birth to death, was their last collaborative work before avant-garde icon Frampton’s passing at the age of 48.

The exhibit will also include many of Faller’s early works, collaborations with other artists, and unique ephemera and objects.

About CEPA Gallery
CEPA Gallery was founded in 1974 by recent University of Buffalo graduates. Since then, CEPA (Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art) has evolved into a nationally recognized arts center, international in scope and regional in spirit. It is one of the oldest and largest not-for-profit photography-based arts centers in the United States.

CEPA continually strives to reflect working artists’ creative priorities, while growing to accommodate the educational and social needs of Western New York’s diverse community. Located in Buffalo’s historic Market Arcade Complex, CEPA Gallery is a full-service contemporary photography and visual arts center.

Its space and services encompass four galleries of changing exhibits and events, multimedia public art installations, arts education programs, and an open-access darkroom and digital photo lab. Its programs and opportunities offer working artists, urban youth, and others access to programs and facilities for the production and reception of contemporary art. CEPA’s impact is felt both locally and nationally, reaching approximately 300,000 individuals annually.

For more information about this exhibition and about other programs and events at CEPA Gallery, visit or call 716.856.2717.

Contact the CEPA Gallery office for information about purchasing featured work.

About Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary
Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary ( specializes in representing artists and works with a connection to Western New York. Dean Brownrout has played an increasingly visible role over the past decade presenting some of the area’s most important artists and art events.

Highlights include “Hollis Frampton,” the first full-scale exhibition and sale of the artist’s photographic print work in over 30 years—held at CEPA Gallery; “The David Anderson Charitable Trust Collection”—a sale, at UB Center for the Arts, which benefited 13 significant community organizations; and the sale of “The Private Collection of Charles Rand Penney Western New York Art,” held at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott Hotel.

Event: The Unseen Marion Faller
Dates: April 20-July 8, 2018
Location: CEPA Gallery, 617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 am-6 pm & Saturday: 12-4 pm

There will be an opening night reception on Friday, April 20 from 7-10 pm. The public is invited and admission is free.