For art’s sake: visit Rochester, NY’s finest galleries


Are you a culture vulture? Is fine art very much your thing? Well, if so, and should you be coming to the city of Rochester, NY in the near future, then you must try to make time for two, three or maybe four of its finest art galleries – you won’t be disappointed…!

Image City Photography Gallery

(University Avenue 14607-1259)

A terrific place to view the local photographers’ output, Image City rotates its wares, with a new collection of photos on display every 4-6 weeks. That said, you may want to miss popping along on the first Friday of a new ‘rotation’; why? Well, the gallery’s far from the largest, so can become so crowded enough to make it difficult to properly view all the works that are on display. And, don’t doubt it, you’ll want to because there are a good number of talented snappers in the Rochester area and the gallery showcases a wide variety of their efforts – including interesting photos of Rochester itself, shots from abroad and those of dynamic color and texture at close range. In short, there’s always something worthwhile to see.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (ROCO)

(137 East Avenue 14604-2572)

Dedicated to showing off contemporary arts from across the entire media spectrum, ROCO’s a fair-sized urban art gallery. Like Image City, its shows change often, so you’re advised to check its website to know what’ll be on ahead of your visit (especially a good idea if you’re staying the city for a few days; for instance, at one of the hotel suites Rochester NY). However, definitely the highlight each year is ROCO’s famous springtime 6×6 show; at which artwork on display merely has to fulfil the condition that’s six inches by six inches in size. This sees then the venue’s walls swallowed up by thousands of pieces, all of which are displayed anonymously; each and every piece offered at a low sale price, whoever the artist may be – and all proceeds go to the upkeep of the center.

Mark Groaning Gallery

(East Avenue 14604-2611)

If you’re in the area during a visit to Rochester (perhaps while staying at one of the many luxury hotels in Rochester?), it’s worth visiting this place to discover what this highly original thinker’s latest output looks like and is all about. To say it’s likely to be out of left-field is putting it mildly, Groaning tends to work with off-kilter materials, out of which he creates jewelry, vessels, paintings and garden sculptures; among other things. You’ll no doubt love his fun and highly varies metal work, in addition to his glass and painted pieces. And maybe best of all? The gallery’s local neighborhood possesses a number of high-quality restaurants as well.

Gallery R

(100 College Avenue 14607-1073)

You must check-out this venue for its ‘First Friday’ events, but frankly, whatever the time of year you happen upon its delights, you’ll discover treasures aplenty among its rotating exhibitions. That’s because on display there’s always a good selection of artwork from potential famous artists of the future (check out their efforts here first!), as well as pieces from some of the most talent alumni of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Free to enter and featuring a couple of nicely-sized gallery rooms, street parking outside the venue’s usually possible during the week too.