Clothesline Festival: Artists and Info


M&T Bank Clothesline Festival:
Artist/Vendor Information

September 10 & 11, 2016

2016 artist application  |  2016 food vendor application  |  2016 grounds map  | GO TO VISITOR PAGE

If you’re a New York state artist looking to exhibit and sell your work, consider Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival. Now in its 60th year, Clothesline showcases original work by 400+ artists from across New York State, continuous live entertainment, food from favorite area vendors, and family art activities. Download the application

Thanks to M&T Bank, presenting sponsor of the Festival for the 22nd straight year!
Clothesline 1963 to 2014

Why is it called the
“Clothesline Festival”?

In 1956, the first Clothesline Festival really did have artwork and paintings hung from clotheslines (photo left from 1963). 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 $14 value), and of course, browse and buy original work by 400+ New York state artists throughout the grounds. 2015 artist list

Each year 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.  2015 Merit Award winners

Pictured (bottom): Amy Montrois performing in MAG’s Centennial Sculpture Park.

Mark your calendar now

Upcoming Clotheslines are scheduled for:

  • September 9 & 10, 2017
  • September 8 & 9, 2018
  • September 7 & 8, 2019

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.