The Italian Renaissance style 1913 building represented the culmination of years of effort by local artists, collectors and philanthropists. It was Emily Sibley Watson, daughter of industrialist Hiram Sibley, who donated the building with the proviso that it be maintained as “a means alike of pleasure and of education for all the citizens of Rochester.” (read more on the Gallery History)
Visit the Memorial Art Gallery’s interactive timeline for five timelines exploring the stories of art & artists in the greater Rochester area from the first explorers and settlers to the present day.
It’s not Indiana limestone nor the Roman pillars that make a museum. It is the people. It is a vision and a mission and those who made that vision a reality. Stay tuned for more in this collection of images depicting the lives and times, the pleasures and the creativity that have taken place during the Memorial Art Gallery’s past 100 years. Click on a thumbnail to view the full size image and use your back button to navigate.
Maybe you’ll see someone you know!