A visit to the Memorial Art Gallery is a journey through more than 5,000 years of art history. From the relics of antiquity to works in the vanguard of contemporary movements, the Gallery offers a panorama of the world’s art. With the completion of Centennial Sculpture Park, the Gallery’s 14-acre campus has been transformed into a spectacular urban space that is a destination for Rochesterians and visitors alike.
The Gallery’s permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects has been called the best balanced in the state outside of metropolitan New York City. In addition to its collection, the Gallery offers a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours and family activities.
MAG enhances people’s lives by cultivating relationships and building community through the direct experience of art and creativity.
By 2020, MAG will be at the center of the conversation on creativity and a leading example of how an art museum can enrich its community.
We are a force for creativity. We believe the direct experience of art is relevant to the human experience. We play a unique role as a trusted steward of knowledge, culture and authenticity. We build and promote relationships that enrich our community.
The museum was founded in 1913 by Emily Sibley Watson as a memorial to her son, architect James Averell. Given in trust to the University of Rochester, it is one of the few university-affiliated art museums in the country that also serves as community art museum. Today it is supported primarily by its members, and the University of Rochester. Memorial Art Gallery is also supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Half-price Thursday admission is made possible in part by Monroe County.
In honor of the Memorial Art Gallery’s centennial, we offer five timelines exploring the stories of art & artists in the greater Rochester area from the first explorers and settlers to the present day. We would like to thank all those that worked on this Timeline. Acknowledgments
In July 2014, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and Memorial Art Gallery Board of Managers Chair Jim Durfee announced that Jonathan Binstock had been named the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the MAG. Binstock comes to Rochester from New York City, where he was a senior vice president and senior advisor in modern and contemporary art for Citi Private Bank’s Art Advisory & Finance group. He brings more than a decade of curatorial work in major American museums. Learn more
Photo by J. Adam Fenster.