The Good Samaritans by Larry Ossei-Mensah

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.  -Karl Marx Federico Solmi is a storyteller and satirist who uses his art as a vehicle to stimulate a visceral conversation with his viewers by highlighting the delirium permeating present-day society. Solmi’s work adroitly provokes an complicated discourse about the history

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Member Spotlight Stanley Van Horn & Marc Goldman

Q: Why did you join RoCo?  A: We fell in love with Rochester when we relocated here in 2010, and we saw RoCo as a place that not only celebrated the vibrant art and design community but also celebrated Rochester as a city and its people.  We wanted to be

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Women’s Voices | #5WomenArtists

Can you name Five Women Artists? Art organizations around the world are asking this question in order to draw attention to the underrepresentation of female artists. At RoCo we thought we would celebrate International Women's Day and women in the arts by highlighting some of the many local artists who

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Judd Williams (1934 – 2018)

We mourn the loss of Lawrence (Judd) Williams, who passed away on February 25, 2018. A thoughtful artist and influential educator, Williams was a major figure in the Rochester art community. Judd and his late wife Julianna Furlong Williams played a significant role at RoCo and its predecessor, The Pyramid

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Member Spotlight Henrik Sjöström

Q: Why did you become a RoCo member? A: I became a RoCo member to support the effort in promoting international art in North America. To be able to join exhibitions outside of the EU is important for many artists, as it offers the possibility to be seen by more

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2017 by the Numbers

1 As 2017 comes to a close, we've almost achieved our goal of 1,000 members for the first time ever! To all of you who joined or renewed: Thank you for supporting contemporary art in downtown Rochester. 2 This year’s curated exhibitions included more than 20 emerging and established artists

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Announcing the Davis – Havens Gallery

RoCo is honored and excited to announce the Stewart Davis & Anne Havens fundraising gallery, named in recognition of their many contributions and generous support of RoCo. Thank you Stewart & Anne! From the beginning Rochester Contemporary Art Center (formerly Pyramid Art Center) has presented cutting-edge local, regional and national

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Open Call for Submissions and Exhibition Proposals

Rochester Contemporary Art Center welcomes general submissions for the 2019 exhibition season and beyond. POSTMARK DEADLINE: January 1, 2018 Special Topic of Interest: Land use and environmental issues. We are interested in projects that document, address or explore any issues facing the future of the environment and natural resources. Submission Guidelines

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A Reflection On Mug Shots by Erica Bryant

Mug shot is a casual term for a police booking photograph. The suspect is set against a bare background as portraits of the head and shoulders are taken. In the first the suspect looks straight at the camera. In the next he or she faces the side. Periodically, Crime Stoppers

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Witness Intro by Bleu Cease

Witness features works by Paul Dodd and the late Leo Dodd, contrasting their shared impulse to document and record differing aspects of Rochester, NY. The exhibition includes a selection of 27 paintings by Leo Dodd (1927-2015), completed after his retirement from a career as an engineer. Later in life Leo

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Public Art – Request for Proposals

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) seeks proposals for site-specific, temporary public art that will enliven the East Avenue neighborhood. We welcome and encourage proposals for incisive, surprising, and unique sculpture and installation art of all forms, including electronic media-based works that can be presented outside. Of particular interest are projects

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Reprogression by Kitty Jospé

"You can see its form if you follow the surfaces" – Bill Sellers That advice should get you from trying to define lines, how they rise, cut to the right, left, make a geometric satisfaction before the sculpture spires up like an obelisk, its stainless steel reflecting light, negative spaces

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Step Around by Kitty Jospé

Step Around - with thanks to Bill Sellers and RoCo We are invited to step up to step around this sculpture— step out of to see what's step- ped into this steel. We wonder why he calls it Step Around— and what steps were necessary to compose the 18 feet,

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Member Spotlight Greg Townson

Q: Why do you love RoCo? A: RoCo is so completely unique to our city. I love the way it connects local, regional and international artists, both as a way for the artists to present their work and as a way to educate and share ideas in our community. Every

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History of 137 East Avenue

RoCo is located in a neighborhood that’s experienced a dramatic transition over the past 100 years. Early 20th-century photos of the East Avenue/Scio Street area show a vastly different landscape, that featured mostly houses – not commercial buildings! Distinguished homes in the latest styles of the day – Italianate, Second

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Member Spotlight Casey Sanders

Q: Why do you love RoCo? A: I love RoCo because of the ways in which I feel that it promotes accessibility in the local art scene - by offering Rochesterians the opportunity to experience diverse exhibitions at an affordable price and by inviting them to more actively participate in

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April Fools Day 1977 by John Kavanaugh

That’s the day Pyramid Arts Center opened with a members exhibit by the original 28 artists. Antonio Petracca had what his buddy's, Albert Robbins and John Kavanaugh, thought was an intriguing idea, but an idea with a couple of downsides. Open a space where young artists could show and maybe

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2016 by the Numbers at RoCo

You Helped Us Reach 950! In the last few days of 2016, we met and exceeded our goal of 950 members, an all–time record for RoCo! Thank you to all of you who joined or renewed, helping to make our 2016 membership campaign a huge success. Completed 1 big facility

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Member Spotlight Torre/Hall Family

Q: Why do you love RoCo? A: We love RoCo because it offers an amazing array of contemporary art in an urban and intimate setting. They feature local, national, professional, and amateur artists, something from/for everybody. RoCo is unique to Rochester, and a place where we always feel at home

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Member Spotlight John Tracey and Martha Bush

Q: Why did you become a RoCo member? A: John is an artist and I’m an art lover and we both feel that RoCo is the one organization in Rochester that has most ignited the visual arts community over the last decade. From creating an exciting environment to experience new

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Member Spotlight Robin Whiteman

Q: Why did you become a RoCo member? A: I see RoCo as a bridge between our local art scene and the broader world of art. I joined Roco to support that vision and to be part of the conversation. Q: Tell us about an interesting experience you've had at

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Member Spotlight Sonia James-Wilson

Q: Why did you become a RoCo member? A: RoCo has played a major role in helping to maintain a sense of vibrancy in the East End. I think we all have a responsibility to create the type of community in which we want to live, and being a member

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Member Spotlight James Farley

Q: Why do you love RoCo? A: The assortment of different events and shows throughout the year spanning from everyone can be involved ones (6x6), member shows, and traditional Artist exhibits. There’s a multitude of styles and mediums showcased throughout the year which pretty much ensures you discover something new

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Member Spotlight Laurel Bahe

Q: Why do you love RoCo? A: I love RoCo because (I live in Colorado) the first time I entered RoCo 6x6 my pieces all sold on opening night and I added to my resume a line about selling out at my first New York show! It catapulted my art

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Member Spotlight Vivian A. Palladoro, EdD

Q: Why do you love RoCo? A: RoCo provides a window to the current world of art which is often linked with social issues.This gallery is unique and plays a pivotal role in our community. It excels in bringing people together around a topic. Q: How long have you been

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Member Spotlight Marlene Boutet and Stephan Quessy

Q: Why do you love RoCo? A: First and foremost, we love RoCo because of it's strong support of both emerging and local contemporary artists. RoCo is also very creative in putting forth events and exhibitions that attract new people to art. We also cherish the opportunities RoCo provides to

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Member Spotlight Zac Braun

Q: Why do you love RoCo? A: RoCo does a great job cultivating an artist community that celebrates the range and diversity of the people that make up Rochester. Q: How long have you been a member? A: Less than a year. Q: What is your favorite exhibition and why?

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Member Spotlight Shree and Kishan Pandya

Q: Why do you love RoCo? A: The range and type of exhibits that are offered by RoCo. Q: How long have you been a member? A: Since December 2013 Q: What is your favorite exhibition and why? A: We love 6x6 and the Members Exhibits. The 6x6 brings out

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Member Spotlight Bill Garvin

Q: Why do you love RoCo? A: The constant changing of the type of artwork displayed, from prints and video to the 'found objects' in this year's State of the City - 2014. Q: How long have you been a member? A: I just renewed my membership for my second

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Member Spotlight Peter and Gloria Monacelli

Q: Why do you love RoCo? A: All in all, we treasure our relationship with RoCo. It adds a necessary modern flavor to the entire western N.Y. area. We love RoCo because of the vision that Bleu Cease brought to this wonderful contemporary art gallery. In fact we joined for

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