Our History

NYSATA Archives at SUNY Buffalo State College

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Archives & Special Collections: The New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Collection (1949-2021)
This is the physical location for the NYSATA artifacts. Interested members can visit the website and follow the links to see the inventory completed by Lisa Lawson in January, 2022. 

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NYSATA Archives Collection at SUNY Buffalo State


NYSATA Digital Commons hosted by SUNY Buffalo State College

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Archives and Special Collections: NYSATA History Digital Commons
This digital collection includes selected documents and photographs which reflect the early years of NYSATA. 

Our Voices Audio History

The Oral History project at Buffalo State offers several interviews from Dr. Stanley Czurles. 
Stanley Czurles was born September 14, 1908. He received his B.F.A in 1929 and his M.F.A in 1938 from Syracuse University. Mr. Czurles was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1942. Before coming to Buffalo, he was Art Instructor at the School Art League of Syracuse, NY and the Syracuse Boys’ Club, a docent at Museum of Fine Arts in Syracuse, a Crafts Instructor at Syracuse University, and an Arts Commentator for the Syracuse Journal American Newspaper. Mr. Czurles came to the State Teachers College at Buffalo as an Art Instructor in 1931. In 1941, he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Art. In 1943, Dr. Czurles became Director of Visual Education (a post he held until 1946), he was also Director of the Art Education Division (1946-1969). He started the audio-visual education and the art education departments at the college. Dr. Stanley Czurles was the author of many articles, editorials, and informational material pertaining to art education. From 1966 to 1967 he was director of the Semester-in-Siena Italy program. Dr. Czurles helped found the N.Y. State Art Teachers Association. The Czurles-Nelson Gallery at the State University College at Buffalo was dedicated in 2009 in honor of him.


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Digital Commons at SUNY Buffalo State



NYSATA Media Library

Remember the Times Part 1 and 2
This series features NYSATA Past Presidents and Treasurer Emeritus from the 1950's and 60's. Each part has three segments.

Remember the Times Part 1, Clip 1

Remember the Times Part 1, Clip 2


Remember the Times Part 1, Clip 3


Remember the Times Part 2, Clip 1

Remember the Times Part 2, Clip 2

Remember the Times Part 2, Clip 3


NYSATA 50th Anniversary Convention, 1998, Buffalo, NY
This series of seven videos were filmed in Buffalo NY where the 50th Anniversary conference was held. The convention was extended to four days due to the amount of content available to attending art teachers.

50th Anniversary Convention Part 1

50th Anniversary Convention Part 2

50th Anniversary Convention Part 3

50th Anniversary Convention Part 4

50th Anniversary Convention Part 5

50th Anniversary Convention Part 6

50th Anniversary Convention Part 7



Questions? Please contact NYSATA Historian Lisa Lawson at [email protected].