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Member Spotlight Ian Wilson

Q: Why did you become a RoCo member? 
A: I became a RoCo member in order to do my part in keeping the programming at RoCo going. It’s hard to imagine the arts and cultural landscape of Rochester without certain institutions such as RoCo.

Q: Tell us about an interesting experience you've had at RoCo.
A: Years ago Director Bleu Cease and I coordinated a public art bike tour which drew the participation of tens of public art fans. The tour kicked off at the RoCo and underscored my appreciation of the important role this art center in Rochester.

Q: What is your favorite exhibition and why?
A: State of the City. It was foundational to my community life in Rochester.

Q: What do you miss most about ROC’s art scene since covid? 
A: The energy that comes from the space being filled with people who appreciate art.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece of Public Art in Rochester? 
A: Pixel Pancho’s “Girl with the Robot” on Atlantic Ave. which was produced as part of WALL\THERAPY. It has aged in a manner concordant with the subject of the piece.

A: Tell us something about your art collection. How did you get started collecting?
Q: I started collecting in the early-mid 2000’s, at a time when I didn’t think it was possible for me to collect. The first piece was a commission from a member of FUA, which was followed by negotiated transaction with an artist from Italy. Thus began my life with original art in my living space. Every piece has a story which adds to the life narrative.

Q: If you could own any piece of art, which would it be?
A: “Transient” by Jeremy Geddes. Actually, any piece in that series.

Q: Anything else you’d like to comment on, mention or advocate for?
A: If you agree that “art enhances life” then support artists. Periodt.