Call For Work

Record Theatre Windows:

Presented by Buffalo Obscura

During the months of October, November and December 2020

Now Seeking Proposals

Aug 2020 -Jim Cielencki & Markenzy Cesar

Previously Exhibited: Jim Cielencki

Looking out onto Lafayette and Main

Buffalo Obscura is Seeking Artist Proposals:

Buffalo Obscura is proud to welcome artists working in all media to submit proposals for installations about Buffalo to fill a prominent Lafayette Avenue window at the Record Theatre, 1800 Main Street. Work will be displayed throughout the months of October, November, and December, 2020. One artist or artist collaboration will be selected for each month. The submission deadline is Friday, September 11, 2020.

The Record Theatre store was the first of six stores to open its doors throughout the 1970s in Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Rochester, and Syracuse. In 2017, it was the last of the 21-store chain to close for good, marking the end of an era in Buffalo. Now vacant, the building remains a place of meaning to Buffalo music lovers who shopped there over a 41 year history. In 2019, the Record Theatre complex was acquired by a preservation-oriented development partnership with plans to restore and reactivate the site.

At a time when we are all impacted by challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a struggling economy, and civic unrest all over the world, Buffalo Obscura invites proposals that focus on this time in Buffalo’s history and that make creative use of the window space at Record Theatre.

The display space is approximately 14 feet wide and 8 feet tall, with three glass panels separated by narrow mullions. The angle of the windows creates a space of varying depth. Interior framing and back panels can accommodate two-dimensional image displays as well as three-dimensional multi-media installations. See Photo of exterior window at the bottom of this page.

To be considered, please fill out the information below and submit by September 11, 2020. We will review all submissions and reach out if we have questions as we narrow the search. Visual artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

If you have questions, feel free to email

Approximately 14 feet wide and 8 feet tall