Rochester Contemporary Art Center

Rochester Contemporary Art Center RoCo is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1977. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists.
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Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 1977. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists.

Happy New Year! We're back open to the public tomorrow from 12-5pm and can't wait to make 2020 another knock-out year fo...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year! We're back open to the public tomorrow from 12-5pm and can't wait to make 2020 another knock-out year for contemporary art in Downtown Rochester! #ROC #RochesterNY #ROCartist #CeramicArt #PopArt
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Image: POW! by Margaret Abell

The Lumiere Photo / Lumiere Showcase Award is given in support of the pursuit of photography to an artist whose work, in...
12/31/2019

The Lumiere Photo / Lumiere Showcase Award is given in support of the pursuit of photography to an artist whose work, in whole or part, uses a photographic process. This year, the award was given to Paul Dodd for his piece 'Perafita Portugal.'

The AXOM Gallery Award was awarded to Carl Chiarenza for his collage piece, 'Redone 2018.' His work was chosen for exceptional use of materials and medium. (AXOM Gallery & Exhibition Space)

2010s may be coming to a close, but there's still time to join RoCo or renew your membership before the year's end to su...
12/30/2019

2010s may be coming to a close, but there's still time to join RoCo or renew your membership before the year's end to support our 2020 exhibitions.
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In 2019 RoCo partnered with numerous organizations to bring innovative, new programming to Downtown Rochester. Landscapes and the Unbuilt was presented in partnership with the Genesee Land Trust and reflected on artist interactions with natural places as well as human impact on the land. Take Back the Walls featured artworks by New York State artists who also work in museums, galleries and arts organizations.
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Pictured above: sculpture by Rachel Eng in Landscapes and the Unbuilt, below: visitor with works by Steven Duval and Nick Marshall in Take Back the Walls.

RoCo's Makers and Mentors series features late career artists exhibiting alongside their former students. This year's ex...
12/29/2019

RoCo's Makers and Mentors series features late career artists exhibiting alongside their former students. This year's exhibition features mentor, Joy Adams
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Joy Adams (b. England) grew up surrounded by creativity at her home in post WWII England. She and her siblings shared a love of art and music, and in her young adult years, Adams and her brother Dave worked together for six years in professional show business as a brother and sister pop music singing duo, even making it into "Radio's TopTwenty" in the charts. In the 1960s, Adams immigrated to the United States, following her dream of being a visual artist. In the 1970s, she studied at Rochester Institute of Technology and received her MFA in 1981, after studying under the painter Grace Hartigan, and sculptor Salvatore Scarpitta. Adams became a tenured professor of art at Ithaca College in 1990, and retired from teaching in 2006 in order to follow her painting career more freely. In addition many awards, Adam's work is included in the collections of the New Museum, Albright-Knox and Everson Museum of Art among others as well as many private collections.
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Makers and Mentors opens Friday, February 7, 6-9pm with an artist talk on Saturday, February 8 at 1pm #ROC #RochesterNY #Painting #MakersAndMentors #WomenArtists

To all the artists, organizers, and educators: Kick off the new year with RoCo! Join us on Tuesday, January 7th from 4-6...
12/28/2019

To all the artists, organizers, and educators: Kick off the new year with RoCo! Join us on Tuesday, January 7th from 4-6 PM to learn how you can get involved in 6x6 Make Art Day!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2565321696895088/

#RoCo137 #RochesterContemporary #RoCo6x6 #MakeArtDay #RochesterArt #YoungArtists
#ArtEducators #GetInvolved #MakeArt #6x6MAD

Artworks for 6x6x2020 are due in four months. It's never to early to get started! Entries are due April 11, 2020. #RoCo6...
12/26/2019

Artworks for 6x6x2020 are due in four months. It's never to early to get started! Entries are due April 11, 2020. #RoCo6x6 #SmallArtPhenomenon

From our RoCo Family to yours, Happy Holidays! We are truly grateful for all the support from our members, sponsors, art...
12/25/2019

From our RoCo Family to yours, Happy Holidays! We are truly grateful for all the support from our members, sponsors, artists, volunteers and visitors this year! #HappyHolidays #MemberLove #FromUsToYou

Artist and educator #LinPrice will be exhibiting work this February in Makers & Mentors - Opening Reception February 7. ...
12/24/2019

Artist and educator #LinPrice will be exhibiting work this February in Makers & Mentors - Opening Reception February 7. Price received her BFA from Ithaca College and an MFA in painting from Bard College. Currently, she teaches painting and drawing at Ithaca College, while also exhibiting around the state. Solo exhibitions include AXOM Gallery & Exhibition Space, Buffalo Arts Studio, and Dowd Gallery- SUNY Cortland. Her work has also been shown in invitational and small group exhibitions, at venues including Blue Mountain Gallery, #SilvermanGallery at Montgomery College, and Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.

View Lin's work at RoCo from February 7 - March 14.

The Edge Award is presented to an artist whose work seems to be stretching boundaries. This year’s winner is Myles Calve...
12/22/2019

The Edge Award is presented to an artist whose work seems to be stretching boundaries. This year’s winner is Myles Calvert. His screen print ‘Sofas’ employs sherbet shades and a technique call flocking to provide depth and texture.
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Each year the Arena Art Group awards one artist whose purpose is to promote community interest in exploratory art forms. Congratulations to this year’s recipient Connie Ehindero and her work ‘What Green Thinks’
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#ROC #RochesterNY #ROCartist #Sofas #Artist #PrintMaking #MembersExhibition #WeLoveOurMembers #RoCo137 #AwardWinner #WaxEncaustic #Abstract #Layered #FlockPrinting

Bring your extended family, in-laws and out-of-town guests to RoCo this Holiday! Make your visit a yearly tradition or a...
12/21/2019

Bring your extended family, in-laws and out-of-town guests to RoCo this Holiday! Make your visit a yearly tradition or a first-time adventure and view hundreds of artworks by our members and Earthen in our media room! Please note we will be closed to public December 25, 26, 27 & January 1! #ROC #RochesterNY #MembersExhibition #SalonStyle #WowThatsALotOfArt #APlaceToBringInLaws
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Image: 'Dashing Thru the Snow' Oil on Canvas by Doris Hooker

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! RoCo has two calls waiting for your submissions!..First! RoCo and the Susan B. Anthony Museum & Hou...
12/20/2019

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! RoCo has two calls waiting for your submissions!
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First! RoCo and the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House jointly present a special request for proposals as part of major women’s rights anniversaries being celebrated next year in 2020. We seek proposals for a site-specific public art project that celebrates, acknowledges, and remembers these anniversaries, while also challenging audiences to think about voting and civic engagement. Deadline: January 31 http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/public-art-request-for-proposals/
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Second! RoCo’s open call for submissions is coming to a close on December 31! Get over to the website to view the guidelines for our main gallery and video program as well as special areas of focus! http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/open-call-for-submissions-and-exhibition-proposals/

Start the decade off artsy! Join or renew your membership today to receive free admission for all of 2020, reduced admis...
12/19/2019

Start the decade off artsy! Join or renew your membership today to receive free admission for all of 2020, reduced admission to special events, reduced pricing on select RoCo merchandise, and guaranteed smiles just like these ladies! Plus, you'll take pride in knowing that your membership pays for everything from artist stipends to our electric bill! #WeLoveOurMembers

Pictured: Jessica and Suzanne Seeley

Has the joy of donating to RoCo filled you with the warm and fuzzies yet? Join as a member today and support our annual ...
12/18/2019

Has the joy of donating to RoCo filled you with the warm and fuzzies yet? Join as a member today and support our annual programs like, 6x6, the members exhibition, and revisited themes like Makers & Mentors as well as new concepts like Landscapes and the Unbuilt and Take Back the Walls.

Join at http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/support/

RoCo's recurring exhibition series Makers & Mentors returns this February for the first time since 2016. The series high...
12/17/2019

RoCo's recurring exhibition series Makers & Mentors returns this February for the first time since 2016. The series highlights the importance of art education in the Western and Central New York Region by featuring mid-to-late career artists exhibiting alongside their former students, many of whom are now educators themselves. This year, #JoyAdams will exhibit new paintings and drawings alongside two of her former students, Lin Price and #DuaneSlick. This exhibition will open on First Friday February 7 and run through March 14. #MakersAndMentors #FirstFridayROC

Searching for a last minute gift? RoCo's season 1, artist designed t-shirts are 50% off until 12/22! Browse and purchase...
12/16/2019

Searching for a last minute gift? RoCo's season 1, artist designed t-shirts are 50% off until 12/22! Browse and purchase all the #RoCoThredz on our website and don't forget to check out our other affordable and unique gifts from #RoCo6x6 artworks, to pins and cool, artsy, with it shirts, there something for everyone!

Get your shop on at http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/shop/

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's cover photo
12/14/2019

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's cover photo

12/14/2019

We have two artist talk time slots available for The Days the Artists Spoke tomorrow at 12:30 & 4:20. Who's in?

12/13/2019
Artist Talks Saturday December 14

Artists, and members, and coffee, oh my! Join us tomorrow 12/14 from 12-5pm for the first event in the Days the Artist Spoke. A group of our wonderful member artists will be giving 10 minute talks on their art all day.

A list of tomorrow's speakers is available on RoCo's website :http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/events/the-days-the-artists-spoke/?event_date=2019-12-14 .

Coffee kindly provided by Java's Cafe

Photo of Aydin Ture at last year's event

#29thMembersExhibiton #MemberLove #RochesterContemporary #ROCArtist #RochesterArtist #RochesterNY

Get your party emoji's ready! We're posting about this year's award winners from the 29th Annual Members Exhibition thro...
12/13/2019

Get your party emoji's ready! We're posting about this year's award winners from the 29th Annual Members Exhibition throughout the month. Kicking-off the celebration is 'Unknown Man' by Alexandre Angelone who received the Bill Havens Award and Paul Brandwein Artwork’s 'Evolution' which received the Record Archive Award. See these works and many others today from 12-9pm.

12/12/2019

Did you know that it's been almost a month since Current Seen - Biennial for Contemporary Art closed? We can hardly believe it! So we're taking today to look back on some fond memories of the first ever #CurrentSeen biennial, and we want to hear your thoughts! What was your favorite exhibition/artwork? Did you attend a walk, after party, or artist talk? Tell us about your experience with Current Seen in the comments!

And read more about Current Seen here! https://www.corneliamag.com/cornelia/current-seen-a-small-venue-biennial

#Cornelia The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art

Make RoCo part of your year end giving! RoCo has been sustained by artists and art-loving members for over 40 years and ...
12/11/2019

Make RoCo part of your year end giving! RoCo has been sustained by artists and art-loving members for over 40 years and we depend on membership donations for a substantial part of our operating budget. By joining today, you will be supporting the artists included in our 2020 programming year including the return of Makers & Mentors featuring celebrated painter Joy Adams and two, guest-curated Scenes of Place video exhibitions.
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Join today at http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/support/

For the 29th consecutive year we've invited artists from the Rochester region and beyond to enter one artwork and partic...
12/11/2019

For the 29th consecutive year we've invited artists from the Rochester region and beyond to enter one artwork and participate in this incredibly diverse exhibition. Over 350 artists participated this year, including numerous international and national RoCo members.

Photo credit: RoCo Staff and Joe Sotelo

For the 29th consecutive year we've invited artists from the Rochester region and beyond to enter one artwork and participate in this incredibly diverse exhibition. Over 350 artists participated this year, including numerous international and national RoCo members.

Photo credit: RoCo Staff and Joe Sotelo

Learn more about this artwork by Pat Pauly Saturday at the Days the Artist Spoke! Hear from a multitude of participating...
12/09/2019

Learn more about this artwork by Pat Pauly Saturday at the Days the Artist Spoke! Hear from a multitude of participating artists about their work, inspiration, process and so much more.

Saturday, Dec. 14 12-5pm - see the full list of Saturdays speakers at http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/events/the-days-the-artists-spoke/?event_date=2019-12-14

#ROC #rochesterny #rocart #fiberart #abstractart #rocartist #localart #membersonly #memberexhibition #artisttalk #listenandlearn

THANK YOU to everyone who came to the opening of our 29th Annual Members Exhibition last night!Special thanks to our und...
12/07/2019

THANK YOU to everyone who came to the opening of our 29th Annual Members Exhibition last night!

Special thanks to our underwriters: Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Mark Eidlin, and Eidlin-Kilmer & Associates; Constance Mauro; Anne Havens & Stewart D Davis; John & Barbara Lovenheim; and Shree Pandya in Loving Memory of Kishan Pandya.

And to our sponsors: Dr. Eric Dreyfuss & Joan Rosenthal; and Sandra & Neil Frankel.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's cover photo
12/07/2019

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's cover photo

More than 350 artworks have been hung with care just for you! Join us tonight from 6-9pm to honor, observe and celebrate...
12/06/2019

More than 350 artworks have been hung with care just for you! Join us tonight from 6-9pm to honor, observe and celebrate all the participating artists in this year's 29th Annual Members Exhibition. Awards are announced at 7pm. #ROC #RochesterNY #RochesterArtist #ROCartist #MemberLove #Winners #SalonStyle #FloorToCeilingArt

RoCo's 29th Annual Members Exhibition - Opening Reception Dec. 6, 6-9pm opens tomorrow! We've installed 350 artworks by ...
12/05/2019

RoCo's 29th Annual Members Exhibition - Opening Reception Dec. 6, 6-9pm opens tomorrow! We've installed 350 artworks by our talented members and we can't wait for you to see them! The opening reception is from 6-9pm, First Friday December 6. Come show your support for our members, who mean so much to us. Admission is $2 and free for members! #FirstFridayROC #WeLoveOurMembers

We can't wait to see you this Friday! Be sure to stop at our Front Desk and become a member while you're here. Membershi...
12/04/2019

We can't wait to see you this Friday! Be sure to stop at our Front Desk and become a member while you're here. Membership supports everything from buying copy paper and pens to paying exhibiting artists and commissioning public art. Don't miss your chance to directly impact the Rochester Art Community! #MemberLove #MembersMakeUs #SupportLocalArt #ROC #RochesterNY #rocartists #LocalArt
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Pictured proudly holding her membership card Sandy Embury Gianniny

Earthen opens this Friday night, December 6, 6-9pm! Pop into our Media Room while your at the Members Exhibition Opening...
12/03/2019

Earthen opens this Friday night, December 6, 6-9pm! Pop into our Media Room while your at the Members Exhibition Opening Reception and view the 3 videos included in "Earthen".
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This new exhibition considers our experience with earth and our days on it and features artists who participated in The Institute for Electronic Art’s Electronic Media & Film, Experimental Projects Residency.
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Learn more about the artists in the site! #VideoArt #VideoInstallation #Earth #ArtAndOurWorld #Nature #OpeningReception #ScenesOfPlace
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Video still from Sunset by @brittmoseley_official

Earthen opens this Friday night! Pop into our Media Room while your at the Members Exhibition Opening Reception and view...
12/03/2019

Earthen opens this Friday night! Pop into our Media Room while your at the Members Exhibition Opening Reception and view the 3 videos included in "Earthen".

This new exhibition considers our experience with earth and our days on it and features artists who participated in The Institute for Electronic Art’s Electronic Media & Film, Experimental Projects Residency.

Learn more about the artists at http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/exhibitions/earthen/ #VideoArt #VideoInstallation #Earth #ArtAndOurWorld #Nature #OpeningReception #ScenesOfPlace

Video still from Sunset by Britt Moseley

Dozens of artists, 10 minutes each, December 14th and January 3. Listen to member artists speak about their work in the ...
11/29/2019

Dozens of artists, 10 minutes each, December 14th and January 3.

Listen to member artists speak about their work in the 29th Annual Members exhibition at the Days the Artist Spoke. Come for the whole day or stay for just an hour to experience the vast array of talent, experience and creativity in your local visual art community.

See a list of artists and times at http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/upcoming-events/

Who will you be donating to this membership season? Your membership to RoCo helps to financially support local and regio...
11/27/2019

Who will you be donating to this membership season? Your membership to RoCo helps to financially support local and regional artists, pay the electric bill, heat our 4,000sq/ft exhibition space, organize and administer thoughtful exhibitions and so, so much more. A RoCo membership is the easiest way to support all the exhibitions, events and programming that make our Downtown an even more vibrant place to live and visit!

Join today at http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/support/

11/26/2019

Did you know RoCo's Annual Members Exhibition includes awards from many local organizations? Award winners will be announced on Opening Night Friday Dec. 6 at 7pm! View the complete list of awards at http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/exhibitions/29th-annual-members-exhibition/ #weloveourmembers #memberlove #localart #ROC #rochesterart #rochesterartist #rochesterny #rochester #thisisroc #AlfredHitchcock

Calling all high school (8-12) art teachers! RoCo will be hosting an information session about 6x6 Make Art Day (6x6MAD)...
11/23/2019

Calling all high school (8-12) art teachers! RoCo will be hosting an information session about 6x6 Make Art Day (6x6MAD) on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 4-6pm. We will explore ways to submit to 6x6, how to get involved in Rochester’s second annual 6x6 Make Art Day, and engage in a short workshop that will support your instruction in the classroom. 6x6MAD, to be celebrated on March 6, 2020, encourages people across the globe to gather with friends, family, and coworkers to make art that will be exhibited in 6x6, the international small art phenomenon.

To learn more about 6x6 and Make Art Day: roco6x6.org #RoCo6x6 #6x6MAD

Calling all college students! Visit RoCo during our members exhibition (Dec. 6 – Jan. 12) and receive free admission wit...
11/22/2019

Calling all college students! Visit RoCo during our members exhibition (Dec. 6 – Jan. 12) and receive free admission with a student ID! See over 300 works from Rochester artists and beyond! #ROC #RochesterNY #ROCartist #GroupExhibition #FreeForCollegeStudents #CollegePerks

Do you know a sculptrix who’d like to respond to next year’s women’s rights anniversaries? Rochester Contemporary Art Ce...
11/21/2019

Do you know a sculptrix who’d like to respond to next year’s women’s rights anniversaries? Rochester Contemporary Art Center and the National Susan B Anthony Museum & House (@susanbhouse) have announced a special request for public art proposals. This request is in conjunction with Votercade 2020, a year-long celebration organized by the Anthony Museum to celebrate the 200th birthday of human rights activist Susan B. Anthony and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. We seek proposals for a site-specific public art project that celebrates, acknowledges, and remembers these anniversaries, while also challenging audiences to think about voting and civic engagement. #Sculptrix

The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2020.

Learn more through the link in our bio, under "Read."

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137 East Ave
Rochester, NY
14604

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Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 21:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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