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31st Annual Members Exhibition

December 3, 2021 - January 15, 2022

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

For the 31st consecutive year we invite artists from the Rochester region and beyond to enter one artwork each and participate in this diverse & eclectic exhibition. Continuing a three decades long tradition, we are excited to provide an opportunity for any artist to showcase their work and participate in this regional celebration of the visual arts.

Any media are welcome with maximum dimensions of 32" x 32" x 32". Artwork must be ready to hang. There is no submission fee. Participants must be Members of RoCo. Not a member yet? Join here.

About the Postcard Design

The postcard for this exhibition was created by Underpants & Overbites / Jackie E. Davis. Jackie lives and works in a cozy one-bedroom apartment in Rochester, NY with lots of happy houseplants, fun plush toys, and her husband Pat. He's the tired purple character in her popular autobiographical webcomic turned book, Underpants and Overbites. Jackie enjoys personifying objects, meeting new people, exploring nature, and making large quantities of food to eat all week so she has more time to play in her sketchbook. Learn more about Underpants & Overbites here.

Community Partners

Beyond the Nest
The Yards Collective
Flower City Arts Center
Ibero-American Action League
Ganondagan State Historic Site and the Friends of Ganondagan
Rochester’s Community Media Center
Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance

Annual Members Exhibition Awards

All entries are eligible for the following awards and the winners will be announced on opening night.

Members Choice Award: Ryann Cooley
What’s your favorite? The Members Choice Award is an interactive award selected by RoCo members. Green stickers are given at the Admissions Desk, one sticker = one vote. The stickers will accumulate for the duration of the exhibition and the winner will be announced on the last day of the Members Exhibition. Cash prize and bragging rights!

Bill Havens Award: Evelyn Cammarano
Annually awarded to one participating artist. Chosen and given by Anne Havens in memory of her son Bill. $200

Genesee Land Trust Award: Ian Williams
Awarded by Genesee Land Trust to celebrate the inspiration of nature. Selected by Lindsay Recktenwald $200

Puerto Rican Festival Award: Josheph Bessing
Awarded by the Puerto Rican Festival in recognition of inspirational visual art. Selected by the President of the Festival $100

Wow Award: Katherine Brown
Annual award given to an artwork that simply makes one say “Wow!” Selected by Bleu Cease, Executive Director of RoCo. $100 and a Household membership to RoCo.

Print Club Award: Josi Etter
The Print Club of Rochester has selected one artist whose technical skills expand the traditional definition of printmaking. $35 basic membership to PCR and a $75 cash prize.

Edge Award: Crane Zhu
Art as inquiry. This award is presented to an artist whose work seems to be stretching boundaries, standing at the edge of what they know, peering into unforeseen territory. Selected and supported by Colleen Buzzard. $200

Arena Art Group Award:  Andrew D. Zimbelman
This annual award is given by the Arena Art Group, whose purpose is to promote community interest in exploratory art forms. Selected by Sharon Locke and Constance Mauro. Application, membership fees, and dues to AAG waived. $100

AXOM Gallery Award:  N/A
Awarded for exceptional use of materials/medium. Selected by Rick Muto. $100

Flower City Arts Center Award: Emma Baille
One-year Center membership and a $150 gift certificate redeemable for classes. Selected by Flower City Arts Center staff.

George Eastman Museum Award: Ryann Cooley
Selected by Photographic Preservation and Collections Manager Olivia Arnone. Family level membership to George Eastman Museum.

City Newspaper Critic’s Pick: 
Selected by Rochester City Newspaper Arts & Entertainment Editor Rebecca Rafferty. Artwork will be featured in City Newspaper.

Main Street Arts Award: Ryann Cooley
Awarded for exceptional use of materials/medium. $100

Student Choice Award: Lina Niyani
Selected by college students from across the region. Students vote throughout the exhibition and the winner will be announced on the last day of the exhibition. Along with the fame, the winner will receive a RoCo Thredz shirt and token for the Art-o-Mat! *Students! In order to participate, visit us during the members exhibition!

Wall Therapy Award: Hannah Bell
Selected by Ian Wilson and Erich Lehman. Wall Therapy swag bag with 2013 book, shirt, signed can from a WT artist, and more goodies.

The Yards Award: Lorin Easton
Selected by Kristina Kaiser. The Yards Collective swag bag filled with a T-Shirt, Limited Edition Print, and a one year membership to The Yards.


Constance Mauro

John & Barbara Lovenheim

Sponsored by:

Sandra & Neil Frankel

The Pandya Family

Hugh & Mary Clare Hamlin