Welcome II

We've heard from artists that Rochester can be a little hard to break into. This event is intended to help us all connect and support each other, especially those who are new to Rochester. Welcome! brings together a diverse and eclectic group of creatives to help build a more supportive

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6×6 x 2023

Walk-in Entries Due: April 8 Mail International Entries by April 1 / U.S. by April 11 Global Online Preview Begins: May 12 Bid on early buyer positions: Bidding Closes June 1 In Gallery Preview: May 30–June 2 Virtual Art Sale Kick-off: Saturday, June 3, 4pm Global Online Purchasing Begins: June 4

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Local Media & the Arts: Another Rochester Is Possible

This panel will examine recent shifts in Rochester’s media landscape, and explore the prospects for more robust arts coverage – not only of events, but also of issues facing working artists and the activist movements they are frequently a part of. The panel brings together practicing artists and media workers

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The Spirit of Sankofa: Collaboration and Representation in the Arts

Art groups are an essential part of the art economy and art scene. Some of Rochester’s local art clubs were founded nearly 100 years ago, yet there has long been a shortage of art collectives that speak to the Black experience and the specific contributions that Black artists have made

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State of the City 2022

Opening Reception: First Friday, October 7, 6-9pm Artist Talk: October 15, 1pm After a two year hiatus, State of the City returns with a diverse group of artists who explore the architecture, public art, and community that define our city. Through painting, photography, and socially-oriented drawing, the three artists included in

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Come What May, It Takes A Silver Bullet by Abiose Spriggs

Opening Reception: First Friday, October 7, 6-9pm Listen to the artist speak about their artwork: (Coming soon!) This exhibition is the result of the artist’s extended meditation on the film "Emperor Jones" (1933). Through these new multi-media works, Spriggs examines Brutus Jones, the main character played by Paul Robeson; and his

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Numinous Pools

Opening Reception: First Friday, October 7, 6-9pm Numinous Pools is a group exhibition surfacing ritualistic practices and alternative temporalities in film and video art from around the Great Lakes. In metaphorizing the Great Lakes’ formative processes, this single-channel exhibition is inspired by how time has animated the melting of this region’s

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Arts in Immersive Media 101

A four session introduction to immersive technologies that answers these basic questions: What are they? Where did they come from? How are they being used in art and culture? NEW WORLDS - WHAT IS IMMERSIVE MEDIA? August 16, 6:30 - 8pm In-Person at RoCo *Register HERE Led by series organizer

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Roc & Roll Theatre on the Edge

A collaboration with Rochester Contemporary Art Center and Monroe Community College’s On the Edge Theatre Troupe, hailing from theatrical pageant wagons from days of yore, this interactive production will entice audiences outside RoCo. Come spin the wheel for pop-up theatre, including everything from puppets and sing-alongs to history and whimsy.

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Paintings & Poems

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is honored to launch our newest public art installation which brings together one large painting by Rochester's own Cordell Cordaro, and two poems by New York-based poet Chen Chen. Presented in partnership with BOA Editions, this project also launches a new occasional series Paintings &

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Artists for Ukraine

Opening Reception: First Friday, September 2, 6-9pm Celebration of Ukrainian Culture: September 9, 6-9pm -Join us for a musical performance by Wasyl Snitar, Maria Voloshin and Nicole Reidl Sleight. -Enjoy Ukrainian canapés prepared by the Ukrainian Cultural Center. Admission: $10 Additional Gallery Hours for this exhibition: September 12 & 13,

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32nd Annual Members Exhibition

Drop off: Friday, November 4, 12-9pm; November 5 - 6, 12-6pm Opening Reception: First Friday, December 2, 6-9pm Days the Artists Spoke: Dec. 10, Jan. 14 & Feb. 11 WELCOME II: Jan. 26 Artwork Pick-up: Feb. 12 - 14, 12-5pm Closed to the public: Dec. 24, 25, 31 & Jan.

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On The Shoulders Of Giants by Ya’qub Shabazz

Opening Reception: April 1, 6-9pm Listen to the artist speak about their artwork: (Coming soon!) On The Shoulders Of Giants consists of a new series of portraits by native Chicagoan, poet, U.S. Army Veteran, and formerly incarcerated artist, Ya’qub Shabazz. Shabazz is primarily a painter but as of April 2020

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Artist Talk & 6×6 Make Art Day

March 4, Make Art Day, kicks-off 6x6 season at RoCo. Get together with your friends and family and make artworks together! Entries are due April 9. Learn more here: roco6x6.org On First Friday, March 4, join us for an artist talk with 40/40 Vision artist Erica Bryant, in conversation with

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The Warp & Weft [ Face to Face ]

Opening Reception: April 1, 6-9pm *The curator of the archive, Mara Ahmed, will give a brief talk at 6:30pm Virtual talk, Meet the storytellers behind The Warp & Weft: April 21, 6-7:30pm Released in collaboration with RoCo starting March 2021, The Warp & Weft is an online audio archive created

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40/40 Vision by Erica Bryant

Opening Reception: February 4, 6-9pm Listen to the artist speak about their artwork here. As her 40th birthday approached, Erica Bryant set about making 40 collages featuring 40 dreams. She had started collaging her night visions a few years before, after having a dream that she reached into her body

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Welcome!

We've heard from many artists that Rochester can be a little hard to break into. Welcome! events bring together a diverse and eclectic group of creatives to help build a more supportive and sustainable art community. This gathering is intended to help us all connect and support each other, especially

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A Change is Coming

A Change is Coming features new and recent print-based artworks that represent each artist’s personal experience and respond to some of our culture’s greatest challenges. Drawing upon the socio-politically conscious history of printmaking, the artists combine traditional print media with installation, painting, and social practice. This exhibition calls us together

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6×6

Bid on early buyer positions Bidding Closed June 2 Global Online Preview Begins: May 13 In Gallery Preview: May 31–June 3 Virtual Art Sale Kick-off: Saturday, June 4, 4-10pm Closed to the public: Sunday, June 5 Global Online Purchasing Begins: June 7 at 10am HERE Gallery open to the public: June 8

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31st Annual Members Exhibition

Opening Reception: First Friday, December 3, 6-9pm. *vaccinated only event & masks required Days the Artists Spoke: Saturday, December 11, 12-5pm and Saturday, January 8, 12-5pm Pick up Days: Saturday, January 15, 5-7pm; Sunday, January 16, 12-6pm; Monday, January 17, 12-6pm Closed Dates: December 24, 25, 26 31; January 1

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RoCo Upstairs Open Studios

RoCo Upstairs will be open for First Friday with new work by studio artists: Annalisa Barron Su Begy Bespoke Designs Clara Riedlinger Studio Michaelino & RA CHA CHA! Group Show Enter through RoCo's main entrance. Normal gallery admission applies. Follow RoCo Upstairs: @RoCoUpstairs Additional hours by appointment, contact each artist

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Dancing Out Of The Dust

Two special performances presented as part of The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival Saturday, September 18 at 8pm Saturday, September 25 at 8pm Free As Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” For these two special performances a group of dancers will plant themselves

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Messages & Mediums

Messages & Mediums brings together two artists who explore the intersection of Spiritualism and technology through their artwork. Shannon Taggart has been working with and photographing Spiritualist mediums since 2001. Her new series of images, taken over Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime during the pandemic, builds on the long history of

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flOUR CITY interactive ROCgarden

Three special performances presented as part of The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival September 18 at 6pm September 19 at 6pm September 25 at 6pm Free Take a stroll through our interactive ROCgarden where you can experience statues of legendary Rochesterians come to life as they tell their own tales and

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Stewart Davis: A Memorial Exhibition

Opening Reception:  First Friday September 3, 6-9pm Many in the Rochester art community know Stewart as a great supporter of the arts, and of RoCo in particular. Many do not know that after retirement and spurred on by the call for entires for RoCo's Annual 6x6 exhibition, he began to

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New Growth by Rae Wiggins

Opening Reception: October 1, 6-9pm Listen to the artist speak about their artwork here. RoCo is pleased to host the first solo exhibition of new and recent paintings and drawings by Rae Wiggins in our Lab Space. The works in the exhibition range from figural paintings on corrugated cardboard (a

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A Love Letter to Brian, Lesley, and Michelle

Two special screenings presented as part of The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival September 21 at 6pm September 22 at 6pm *followed by a discussion with the director and performers Attendance is limited to 40 people & proof of vaccination will be required in order to enter the space. $15 -

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The Arena Art Group – 70 Years

Opening Reception:  First Friday September 3, 6-9pm *Masks Required* The Arena Art Group was founded in 1951 by artists who met at the old Arena Theatre on Holtzer Street in Rochester, New York. The Arena Group was the first organization of it’s kind to promote the work of contemporary artists

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Stewart, Sarasota, 2003

This exhibition features a series of drawings by Anne Havens of her husband, Stewart Davis. The sketches were made during six weeks spent in Sarasota, Florida in 2003 for his cancer treatment. Anne has offered the drawings, along with a little book of mementos for exhibition in RoCo's Lab Space to help

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Breathe

Rochester Contemporary Art Center is proud to announce our latest public art installation and to invite the public to experience BREATHE by Ong Siraphisut. This monumental artwork functions as large-scale, text based mural and also reflects the image of the surrounding environment; grass, trees, the church, the street, pedestrians, traffic,

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6×6 is Back!

We auctioned off special early buyer positions for June 3 & 4 If you'd like win one of these positions next year, please contact us to learn more! Global Online Purchasing: Now Open for All View and Purchase 6x6 artworks here: roco6x6.org Purchased Artwork Pick-Up: July 18 - 21 ****If

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6×6 P(art)y With Your Pod

Typically on the First Friday of March we'd be inviting you to participate in Make Art Day (6x6 MAD). Due to COVID-19 we can’t encourage you to attend events and art-making sessions throughout Rochester, but we CAN encourage you to sit down with your family or those in your pod

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Through The Cracks

Through the Cracks presents some of the stories and personal transformations of community members that may have slipped by unnoticed amidst the many crises of 2020.This exhibition of video responses to the year 2020 is curated by Darien Lamen, organized in partnership with Rochester Community Television, and exhibited at RoCo.

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UnJustness

'UnJustness' by Talent Babii and Cerious is the winner of the The 2020 Experience music video competition presented at RoCo. Shanique Byrd, editor of Tocsin magazine and Craig Carson, of The Deadline selected 'UnJustness' as the most impactful song of the year. UnJustness will be exhibited at RoCo along with

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The Warp & Weft

The Warp & Weft is a multilingual archive of stories that seeks to capture the 2020 zeitgeist. It is oral storytelling drawn from diverse voices, languages and geographies, at a moment when the world came to a grinding halt. It goes beyond politics and explores the human family’s preoccupations and

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Make One, Take One

This is a dynamic program about printmaking exchange portfolios and an opportunity to learn about five contemporary approaches to this unique form. This symposium-style event seeks to draw out and amplify the practice of the printmaking portfolio, underscoring its function as a means for creating cultural exchange, artistic support networks,

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Monolithic

It was great while it lasted! About the Artist ?

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Last Year On Earth

Exhibition Opens: Friday, March 5, 2021, 6-9pm *Special Admission: $10 free for members/exhibiting artists **All times have been reserved. Please attend during normal gallery hours with no reservations necessary. Pick Up Dates: May 8, 5-7pm, May 9 & 10, 12-6pm Jurors: Tanvi Asher, Kelly Cheatle, Alexa Guzmán Last Year on

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A Voice to a Voice

This exhibition features the complete 2019 portfolio of the International Print Exchange Program, India. Curated by Somedutta Mallik (Artist, Writer, Art historian, India) and featuring a text by Sarah Kirk Hanley (Executive Director, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, USA) this diverse collection of prints by 36 international artists invites the

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30th Annual Members Exhibition

*The exhibition will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours (Wed. - Sat. 12-5pm / Fri. 12-9pm) until February 6 - no reservations necessary. We're following all NYS safety & occupancy regulations. The Days the Artists Spoke: December 12 & January 8 Artwork Pick-up: February 6, 5-7pm, February 7

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Roc City Speaks

This timely video project presents street interviews with city residents who have had enough of status quo politics. ROC City Speaks addresses how people are dealing with the realities of racial injustice against Black people amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The first chapter of ROC City Speaks was originally installed in

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Underpin and Overcoat

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, and SewGreen Rochester present a new public art installation celebrating the major women’s rights anniversaries being celebrated this year. "Underpin and Overcoat", by artists Amelia Toelke and Andrea Miller explores the idea of jewelry as signage, which

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The Subway Series by Andrew Zimbelman

Opening Reception: September 4, 6-9pm This series of paintings on paper was started while the artist was living in Brooklyn and NYC for 8 years. After moving from LA to NYC he became fascinated with people on their commute on the subway. I’d been used to solitary driving for hours

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Trust, but verify

Opening: September 4, 6-9pm Trust, but verify presents three monumental projects that address our society’s current grappling with notions of truth, veracity and fact. The exhibition’s triad is structured around past, present, and future. Octavio Abundez’s “A Fake History of Humanity” uses wrong dates, quantities and names to offer the viewer/reader

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6×6 Art Making Sessions

For the first time ever, we’re transforming the LAB Space into an art-making zone! On Friday nights February 7 - March 13 from 6-9pm we will be hosting 6x6 art-making activities lead by a diverse group of artists. This low-key, relaxed environment provides visitors the opportunity to stop by and

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Dissolving The Frontier

"Dissolving The Frontier: New Colorado Video + Performance Art" is an exhibition that challenges and reconsiders accepted notions of the American West. Curated by Jason Bernagozzi, this exhibition features new and recent works by four artists living and working along the Front Range of Colorado: Adán De La Garza, Fitzgerald,

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6x6x2020 – 100% Online

Sold Out Artists’ Names Revealed Online: July 3 Purchased Artwork Pick-Up: July 12-15, 12-6pm **Masks are required to enter RoCo** Curbside Pick-Up Only: July 16-17, 12-6pm / Call (585) 461-2222 when you arrive outside RoCo! Purchase 6x6 artworks here: roco6x6.org 6x6 Frames are available here: rochestercontemporary.org/shop The International Small Art Phenomenon returns

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Makers & Mentors 2020

Opening Reception: February 7, 6-9pm Artists' Talk: **RESCHEDULED for Saturday, February 29, 1pm First Friday/6x6 Make Art Day: March 6, 6-9pm Makers & Mentors highlights the importance of art education in Western/Central New York and celebrates the artwork and influence of the region’s most accomplished artists. The exhibition series features late

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Earthen

Opening Reception: December 6, 6-9pm "Earthen" is a new exhibition of video art that considers our experience with earth and our days on it. The artists featured in the exhibition all participated in The Institute for Electronic Art’s Electronic Media & Film, Experimental Projects Residency. Three pieces are included in

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29th Annual Members Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 6-9pm 10% off for members Awards Announced: December 6 at 7pm First Friday: Dec. 6 & Jan. 3, 6-9pm The Days the Artists Spoke: Dec. 14 & Jan. 3 Artwork Pick-up: Jan. 12, 5-7pm, Jan. 13 & 14, 12-6pm Closed to the Public: December 25, 26, 27

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