Rochester Contemporary Art Center

Rochester Contemporary Art Center RoCo is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1977.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 1977. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists.

“Sometimes I’ll get a likeness on the first try, other times I’ll try several variations to see what works best. Sometim...
04/18/2024

“Sometimes I’ll get a likeness on the first try, other times I’ll try several variations to see what works best. Sometimes all the sketches look like garbage until one hits.” - David Cowles

We hope you’ll come to RoCo for a discussion between illustrator David Cowles and his long time friend Jeff Spevak on April 19 at 6pm.

04/14/2024

We know. It's a lot....

but it's worth it ; )

🅷🅴🆁🅴'🆂 🆆🅷🅰🆃 🅸🆂 🅲🅾🅼🅸🅽🅶 🆄🅿 🆂🅾🅾🅽:
𝔾𝕝𝕠𝕓𝕒𝕝 𝕆𝕟𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕖 ℙ𝕣𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨 & 𝔸𝕦𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝔼𝕒𝕣𝕝𝕪 𝔹𝕦𝕪𝕖𝕣 ℙ𝕠𝕤𝕚𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕤
May 10, 10am

𝕀𝕟 𝔾𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕖𝕣𝕪 ℙ𝕣𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨 𝔻𝕒𝕪𝕤
May 28-31

𝕍𝕚𝕣𝕥𝕦𝕒𝕝 𝔸𝕣𝕥 𝕊𝕒𝕝𝕖 𝕂𝕚𝕔𝕜-𝕆𝕗𝕗
June 4, 4pm

Join us for a conversation at RoCo with artist David Cowles and his long-time friend Jeff Spevak on Friday, April 19th a...
04/13/2024

Join us for a conversation at RoCo with artist David Cowles and his long-time friend Jeff Spevak on Friday, April 19th at 6pm.

A Rochester native, Cowles landed a job at the Democrat and Chronicle in 1983, and began his freelance career two years later, leaving the paper to work freelance full-time in 1991. Featured in numerous, notable publications from Entertainment Weekly to Rolling Stone, Cowles' decades long career is a testament to his keen observation, cubist-influenced technique and skill at distilling the essence of each subject’s personality.

We are delighted host this talk in conjunction with a collection of David's illustrations of notable Rochestarians - ROC Stars on view at RoCo through May 4th.

04/12/2024

CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE ON MAY 10!

Did you know 6x6 artworks will be available for purchase online? It's true! But before then you'll get the chance to view all 2024 artworks at roco6x6.org during the GLOBAL ONLINE PREVIEW - MAY 10, 10am

04/11/2024

Built Environments: Forging Worlds through Video Art includes 'Successive Divisions' by John McGarity.

Successive Divisions is an experimental video exploring the tension between innovation and our role in society, questioning the impact of technology on human relevance and creative adaptation. It uses the concept of “successive division” from binary language to metaphorically examine how new tools reshape our experience and expression without extensive experience.

Seen here is a 30-second clip at the beginning of the 3 minute-long video. The full video program, in partnership with Institute for Electronic Arts, is on view at RoCo through May 4.

04/09/2024

TOMORROW NIGHT, APRIL 10!

Join us for a virtual talk with curator Miranda K. Metcalf and the artists of Built Environments: Forging Worlds Through Video Art. Hear from artist group elekhlekha (Nitcha Tothong & Kengchakaj), Tansy Xiao, & John McGarity about their work, general practice and inspiration!

Built Environments is presented in partnership with the Institute for Electronic Arts.

Register for the 6pm Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zjzdylpDRISJSxeLPn4AIw #/registration

04/07/2024

You heard the folks!

Get your artworks to the post office because tomorrow is your very final chance to participate in 6x6!

exception: if you plan to make an artwork of or during the eclipse (postmark deadline day), we’re making an exception for eclipse themed works. These must be mailed or delivered by 4/11.

Thanks Sidia, Ayesha, Maria, Milt, Ollie, Lisa and Isabel

04/06/2024

Walk-in your artworks today by 5pm!

Thanks for the wonderful video of your artworks !

04/05/2024
04/05/2024

Procrastinator Unite...at RoCo...to finally make your 6x6 😉

See you tonight 6-9pm for art-making with Teaching Artists ROC

We’re also open and accepting 6x6 artwork drop-offs all day! Tomorrow, Saturday, April 6 is of course the last day to walk-in your entries. We’ll be open our normal hours, 12-5pm.



Also while you’re out - visit the artists at C.O.M.P. Studios for live painting!

Join us for a virtual artist talk next Wednesday, April 10 with the artists of Built Environments: Forging Worlds Throug...
04/04/2024

Join us for a virtual artist talk next Wednesday, April 10 with the artists of Built Environments: Forging Worlds Through Video Art. Curator Miranda K. Metcalf will be joined by elekhlekha (Nitcha Tothong & Kengchakaj), Tansy Xiao, & John McGarity.

Built Environments is presented in partnership with The Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University.

Register for the 6pm Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zjzdylpDRISJSxeLPn4AIw #/registration

Start planning your First Friday! April 5 has a great line up - visit firstfridayrochester.org for more event informatio...
04/02/2024

Start planning your First Friday! April 5 has a great line up - visit firstfridayrochester.org for more event information!

Open venues include:
Abundance Food Co-op
Akimbo Bookshop
Aldaskeller Wine Co.
Anderson Alley Artists
C.O.M.P. Studios
Colleen Buzzard Studio
Corn Hill Navigation
East Main Clay
Flower City Arts Center
FlyingSquirrel CommunitySpace
Gallery 4-8
The Hungerford
Image City Photography Gallery
International Art Acquisitions
Lumiere Photo
Lynne Feldman Studio
Pittsford Fine Art
Pittsford Upstairs Gallery
Red White and Brew of Rochester
Richard Margolis Studio & Gallery
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
The Spirit Room
Visual Studies Workshop
The Yards

04/02/2024

Say hello to this month’s First Friday Fanatic, Rivkah Simcha! Rivkah () is a mixed media artist and a performer in the avant garde theatre troupe, The Velvet Noose.

This First Friday, Rivkah recommends checking out:
C.O.M.P. Studios
Lumiere Photo
RIT City Art Space
Akimbo Bookshop
Frank's Chop Shop
Flower City Arts Center

Stay tuned for a full list of First Friday events posted later today!

Come to RoCo on First Friday April 5 for your last chance to make and enter 6x6x2024!
04/02/2024

Come to RoCo on First Friday April 5 for your last chance to make and enter 6x6x2024!

4 more days until the 6x6 procrastination party at Rochester Contemporary Art Center! Who are you bringing to make art with you? 🤍

04/01/2024

And that's just the past two days worth of 6x6 mail!

International friends get your artworks in the mail today April 1 to ensure they get to us in time for 6x6x2024!

Last year's exhibition had participation from 44 different countries!

DM us if you need our mailing address.

It's here now and 6x6 artworks are due in 1 week! If you put off making your 6x6 artwork 'till 'tomorrow' our April Firs...
03/31/2024

It's here now and 6x6 artworks are due in 1 week!

If you put off making your 6x6 artwork 'till 'tomorrow' our April First Friday event is for you! Join us and Teaching Artists ROC for your very last chance to make a 6x6 for this year's exhibition.

𝔽𝕚𝕣𝕤𝕥 𝔽𝕣𝕚𝕕𝕒𝕪, 𝔸𝕡𝕣𝕚𝕝 𝟝, ℙ𝕣𝕠𝕔𝕣𝕒𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 ℙ𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕪
Making masterpieces: Collage with Karla Slack
Sculpting in 2D: Collagraphic Printmaking with Chloe Cheatle

++ If you plan to make an artwork during the eclipse (postmark deadline day), we’re making an exception for eclipse themed works. These must be mailed or delivered by 4/11.

Still waiting for 6x6 inspiration to strike? Take a hint from mother nature and create an artwork around this year's ecl...
03/30/2024

Still waiting for 6x6 inspiration to strike? Take a hint from mother nature and create an artwork around this year's eclipse! Here are some we have received so far...

The entry deadline in 1 WEEK AWAY!

Pro tip: if you plan to make an artwork of or during the eclipse (postmark deadline day), we'll still accept it a couple days late 😉

Please remember each artwork needs an entry form! They can be downloaded from roco6x6.org.

03/29/2024

A special edition book of David Cowles "ROC Stars" is available for purchase at RoCo! The book features numerous additional portraits not included in the LAB Space exhibition.

for sale for $25 / purchase at RoCo front desk

We’re really honored to share this member spotlight of long time supporters Erica Bryant and Rajesh Barnabas! Erica and ...
03/27/2024

We’re really honored to share this member spotlight of long time supporters Erica Bryant and Rajesh Barnabas!

Erica and Rajesh have been involved at RoCo significantly over the years from participating in exhibitions to being consistant and thoughtful visitors.

Settle in to read their thoughts on their favorite RoCo exhibition, their beliefs around the role of artists in fighting for social justice and human rights, what’s great about Rochester and what the ROC can do better.

Read at

Q:How long have you been a members? Why did you join RoCo? A Erica: I don’t actually know… many years. I joined because RoCo is a place to see the unexpected. You walk into the gallery and there’s a 16-foot dandelion. An ocular headset allows you to enter another person’s dream about flying ...

03/26/2024

As you finish your 6x6 artworks....save the date for May 10 when all of the pieces in 6x6x2024 can be viewed online at roco6x6.org. What does that mean??

𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘂𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝟮 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵𝘀 𝗮𝗴𝗼 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗱𝗮...𝗼𝗿 𝗪𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗼𝗻...𝗼𝗿 𝗕𝗿𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗹?
Go to roco6x6.org on May 10 to find your entries!

𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗮 𝗳𝗲𝘄 𝟲𝘅𝟲𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿’𝘀 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄?
Go to roco6x6.org on May 10 to begin making a list of your favorite artworks!

Did you know Rochester has a citywide gallery crawl? Of course you did ; ) But, since there has been a terrific uptick i...
03/25/2024

Did you know Rochester has a citywide gallery crawl? Of course you did ; ) But, since there has been a terrific uptick in activity, we thought it would be a great time for an FAQ explainer. (TLDR: get out there explore Rochester's art scene this First Friday)

What is First Friday?
Launched in 2008, this monthly citywide gallery night attracts thousands of people to the small art venues in Rochester. First Friday brings a wide range of people together to experience the latest our amazing local art community has to offer. The program was initiated by RoCo and is intentionally designed to support small venues by defining a time for them to collaborate, maintain open hours together, and mutually benefit from cross-promotion and shared audiences.

Where are the venues?
Check out the map in the week prior to First Friday and plan your route!

How much does it cost to attend?
Most venues are free. Some are PWYC, donation, or very low cost.

I am an artist, how do I show my work?
Use the First Friday list to contact venues. Each location curates their own events.

Is there a charge to be a venue?
First Friday is a collective effort with RoCo taking the lead on overall administration. Since First Friday isn’t funded by local government (we hope that will change), we ask venues to contribute a small annual fee (or per month) ensuring all events can be listed on firstfridayrochester.org and promoted on social media. We want everyone to be included and hope that no venue finds the participation fee prohibitive. Venues just getting started or experiencing financial hardship, please reach out!

How can venues get involved?
First Friday has been collectively built by the many venues who contribute and cross-promote each other. Current venues: keep sending your amazing events each month. New venues: contact us! It’s an incredible group of up to 40+ art spaces working together to build up Rochester’s art community and creative economy. We would love to get you involved and start sending audiences to your venue!

Have an idea for a multi-venue collab on First Fridays?
Let us know, we’d love to help!

03/24/2024

Ronald Gonzalez's Bed Assemblages are carefully installed in a single row. All similar in size and construction, it's not until you look closer that you notice the distinct differences in each one. This one has a toy car, that one a tin can...

Each bed has something unique filling its space, encrypted with personal experiences and adding to the bed's distinct air of nostalgia.

Ronald Gonzalez's assemblages are on view at RoCo alongside paintings by Cynthia Hawkins through May 4.

03/23/2024

Why do you love 6x6?

We love it because year after year 6x6 reminds us of how incredible our creative community is here in Rochester and around the world!

6x6 originated in 2008 as a way to raise funds to support our exhibitions, yet also buck the stodgy "art auction" fundraisers that ask too much from working artists yet still remained inaccessible to the general public. From year one, 6x6 was a phenomenon and hasn't slowed down since. Even after 16 years, we continue to be amazed by your kindness, your creativity, and your generosity!

Thank you for participating in and supporting RoCo and our programming.

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