Rochester Art Galleries, Museums, Supplies & More

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Anyone that wants to learn about art in Rochester has definitely found the right blog and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.

After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.

You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Rochester art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it.

We have written many other art guides for Northeastern cities that you can check out if interested.

Best Art Galleries & Museums In Rochester

Let’s begin with this list of the best art galleries and museums in Rochester:

Memorial Art Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm and until 9pm on Thursday as a museum with more than 5,000 years of history on a 14-acre campus that is a spectacular public art space that is a popular destination for Rochesterians and out-of-town visitors alike. MAG’s permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects has been called the best balanced in the state outside of metropolitan New York City and the museum also offers a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours, and family activities.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit that was founded in 1977 and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12pm to 5pm and until 9pm on Friday. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art near you RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists.

With a dedication to the accessibility of contemporary works made by regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized creators The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 2011 and works to enrich people’s lives through the presentation of fine art and features temporary exhibits by emerging and seasoned artists on a monthly basis. The gallery showcases a wide range of original work from painting and sculpture to works on paper and photography plus you can find digital shows featuring extraordinary and thought-provoking works on a large 4K UHD LED display.

At Art Museum of Rochester the gallery features a new creator every month while they are open from 5pm to 11pm Monday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday to buy, browse, have a drink, or grab some food.

City Hall’s Link Gallery promotes the art and culture of the area and can be found on the first floor of City Hall. Free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday the Link is easy to get to from anywhere in the city.

The Main Street Artists’ Gallery & Studio is open from 10am to 3pm Monday through Friday as a group of fine artists that work together to nurture and maintain a safe creative environment. They were founded in 2010 by Suzi Zefting-Kuhn and their creators have won quite a few awards over the years.

Uuu Art Collective is open Friday through Monday supporting artists’ production allowing them to grow and improve their work plus they collaborate with individuals and organizations to expand outreach and to link communities

If you want to find a studio and gallery filled with overflowing art work in every phase of development head to Galvin Davis Studio which is a First Friday venue, a Rochester event similar to many others around the country where artists and craftspeople open their studio doors to the public once a month.

Self-guided neighborhood tours which include three scenic overlooks of their 96-foot waterfall are available from High Falls Fine Art Gallery whose introductory museum offers overviews of area history, geography, commerce, and culture. The Center at High Falls Fine Art Gallery celebrates contemporary culture through the work of local artists and the gallery offers year-round opportunities for exhibition while continuing the areas legacy of creativity and invention.

Materials & Supplies Near You

When you need to buy new materials or supplies go to art stores like:

Rochester Art Supply has been a source for high quality art supplies in your area for decades as they search the globe for the finest oil colors, watercolors, acrylics, pastels and decorative papers. Their specialty is pastels and they are the exclusive US importer of Henri Roche pastels.

Dan’s Crafts & Things is a 12,000 square foot retail store that started in 1974 to supply local crafters and hobbyists with the supplies needed to complete their projects.

At Enkaustikos Wax Art Supplies they are dedicated to creating professional encaustic supplies. New colors and products are added to the line constantly such as the anodized aluminum printmaking plates, art instructional DVD’s, hog bristle brushes, and paint sets.

You will be able to buy many products at affordable prices at Sis’ Ceramic Shop which is a traditional studio that carries a large selection of greenware and bisque as well as the brushes and glazes to finish your pieces.

You probably already know what chain stores like the Michaels and Joann near you have to offer.

Shows & Events

Some of the best local art shows, events, and festivals include:

Corn Hill Arts Festival is an award winning summer festival that features 100s of artists, musicians, and a beer and wine garden in historic Corn Hill that has been going down for 5 decades.

The Park Ave Summer Art Fest is one of the city’s premier live events and it takes place along one and a quarter miles of Park Avenue near downtown from Alexander Street to Culver Road. The tree-lined avenue is a mixture of Victorian residential homes and apartments, small businesses, restaurants, and cafes.

For more than 60 years the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival has been another great art festival and the Memorial Art Gallery’s largest annual fundraiser and celebration of artists.

You also can head downtown on the First Friday of each month as many of the best galleries and museums in your area put on a really fun night as local artists and initiatives will be out in full display from 6pm to 9pm.

Art Dealers & Appraisers

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When you want to buy something new or learn the current value of something in your collection you can head to one of these art dealers and appraisers near you:

The Oxford Gallery offers a full range of services to the discriminating art collector and their directors will help businesses select art that makes a unique and dramatic statement about their corporate values.

For a self-funded nonprofit art space that exists without government aid head to Artisanworks who relies on the generous support from both personal and corporate members, donations of artwork, memorabilia and collectibles, and venue rental for amazing full-service personal or corporate events.

Roslyn Bakst Goldman offers complete art services for private, professional, and corporate collectors, galleries, schools and universities, insurance and moving companies, lawyers, and accountants for estate, income, and gift tax purposes.

Walking Tours

Some of the best areas to walk around outside and see some unique local art can be found at:

ArtWalk is a permanent urban art trail connecting the arts centers and public spaces within the Neighborhood of the Arts.

Don’t forget about the monthly First Fridays that we discussed in the shows and events section.

Sculptures & Statues

Another good way to enjoy nice weather would be to check out some of these statues and sculptures in your area:

  • Balance at 706 University Ave
  • Big Head at 274 North Goodman St
  • Children in the Hand of God at 2131 Elmwood Ave
  • Civil War Monument at 1133 Mount Hope Ave
  • Edward Mott Moore at 1000 East River Rd

Balance is a 2002 sculpture with parts balanced at the top.

Big Head is a 7-foot-tall sculpture created in 1987.

Made in 1992 Children in the Hand of God displays a bronze hand carrying a boy and a girl with a Torah.

The Civil War Monument is a bronze statue near you of a soldier and a boy that was erected in 1908.

The statue of Edward Mott Moore was created in 1927.

Rochester Art Classes

Whether you are trying to find lessons for kids, teens, or adults some of the best local art schools and classes can be found at:

The hands-on art lessons at Creative Workshop are taught by artist-teachers and are frequently inspired by the works on display at the museum. For over 70 years they have been inspiring, challenging, and motivating people of all ages.

First and foremost Studio 34 is a teaching and retail space that carries glass in all of its forms, as well as metals, tools, books, Paragon kilns, finds, and other items. The studio is not open during regular business hours so contact them if you want to check out the items they have for sale or are interested in lessons.

Paint Class Wine Glass hosts wine and painting parties operating out of an art studio and also conducts entertaining live painting events in the city and the surrounding suburbs. Given that wine is involved in their lessons it is fair to say they might be a bit more casual than some of the others on the list.

A cultural center for modern art innovation and creativity is what you can expect from The Art Hub of Rochester.

Pinot’s Palette studios offer a training approach that gives you significant experience as well as the confidence to deal with any circumstance. For open-to-the-public studio events you must be at least 18 years old though children aged 13 and above are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Lisa Wagner is a 1000 Islands artist residing in Wellesley Island who creates art in a variety of mediums while mostly working in watercolors, collage, acrylic, and intuitive painting. Lisa also conducts art classes and virtual art classes in all of her disciplines as well as workshops for a more in-depth exploration of the medium and one’s own creative voice.

Founded in 2004 The Steve Carpenter Gallery & Art Center is dedicated to giving education and support to anybody interested in studying drawing and painting skills based on the great masters.

Studios For Rent Near You

You might be able to rent our studio space in your area at:

The Yards Collective provides a platform for community engagement and networking in the local art scene while first Friday exhibitions, curated showcases, seminars, public critiques, and private rentals are also held at the gallery space and lounge.

Home to many talented artists and companies The Hungerford Building is located diagonally across the street from the Public Market near the intersection of North Goodman and East Main Streets and it is a member of the Public Market Business District and the Neighborhood of the Arts.

The Main Street Artists Gallery & Studio is a collection of artist friends that have a common interest in being creative.


A frame can take a normal looking picture a long way, and some of the best places for art framing in Rochester are:

Frame Shop of Henrietta does custom jobs that are a combination of fine carpentry, aesthetics, and interior design. With over 40 years of hands-on experience they have framed everything from old photographs, military medals and car bumpers, to oil paintings and sports jerseys.

A knowledgeable team, fair pricing, quality craftsmanship, and creative solutions is what you get from Rochester Picture Framing who is happy to help frame memories, mount art, shadowbox priceless mementos or keepsakes, or reflect your taste with a custom mirror.

At The Great Frame Up they offer the finest and most comprehensive selection of frames and mats available in the industry.

In service since 2004 Creativ Framing & Design fuses a custom framer’s experience and technical skill with an artist’s eye for color and design. Owner Allison Nichols will do everything to exceed expectations and make your custom framing experience an enjoyable one.

By the way we have also discussed the art scene in:

Have Fun Enjoying The Rochester Art Scene

We just listed all of the best local galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area. If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love art as much as we do.

You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated. Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies, or doing anything that has to do with art in Rochester!

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This post and all of the posts on our site are edited by Dan Soloman who has been a huge fan of art since he was a little kid. His mother was a good local artist, and she taught him the trade from a very early age. He studied art and its history in both high school and college, has worked at multiple galleries, and recently has begun creating and editing online content for this site and some other online media platforms.


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