Clothesline: Artists Info

M&T Bank Clothesline Festival | #ClotheslineFestival | 2020 Application

September 7 & 8, 2019 | Booth Assignments can be found HERE

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If you’re an artisan looking to exhibit and sell your work, consider Rochester’s largest celebration of artists and makers. Clothesline showcases original work by 375+ artists from across the country, and regularly attracts 20,000+ people from Rochester and the surrounding regions.  Now in its 64th-year, enjoy continuous live entertainment, food from favorite area vendors and food trucks, museum admission, and family art activities.
* artists highlighted in blue are past merit award winners

Thanks to M&T Bank, presenting sponsor of the Festival for the 25th straight year!

Merit awards:

The format for Merit Award judging has changed for 2019. Three M&T Bank Clothesline artists will receive awards recognizing extraordinary quality, craftsmanship, creativity and/or outstanding presentation. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $300.

MAG will also recognize one first-time exhibitor based on the same criteria who will receive a cash prize of $100. Judging will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday morning. All artists’ booths will be viewed.

Winners will be announced live on WXXI (91.5 FM) at 2:45 pm.

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Why is it called the “Clothesline Festival”?

In 1957, the first Clothesline Festival really did have artwork and paintings hung from clotheslines. At that time, there were just a handful of local artists, but the camaraderie of the Festival is legendary. See a video from 2012

Today, this Rochester institution continues to grow and evolve and has become MAG’s largest fundraiser. It’s now the place to experience all-day live entertainment, sample food from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors, enjoy free family art activities, visit the museum (included in Clothesline admission(!) a $15 value), and of course, browse and buy original work by 400+ artists throughout the grounds.

Each year, Rochester sees the addition of more festivals, but Clothesline remains a favorite with visitors and artists alike. In recent years, it has earned five “Best of Rochester” awards from City Newspaper readers. And because the Gallery charges admission and screens the work of the exhibitors, serious shoppers are more in evidence than at other festivals.

Mark your calendar now

Upcoming Clotheslines are scheduled for:

  • September 12 & 13, 2020
  • September 11 & 12, 2021

Not already on the artist mailing list? Call us at 585.276.8950 or e-mail your name, address, phone number and type of work to Festival email.



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