M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

September 11 & 12, 2021 YES! IN PERSON! – on MAG Grounds

For more than 60 years, the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival has been Rochester’s biggest art festival and MAG’s largest annual fundraiser and celebration of artists. We are looking forward to returning to an in-person festival this year.

New York State guidelines for festivals and events change frequently. We will wait until the end of July to plan the details of the festival and will announce our festival format to artists and the public in early August. Most likely, some things will be different, but most importantly, Clothesline will still be the place to browse and buy amazing art. It is our goal to offer this experience while making safety a primary consideration.

Please watch this page for our early August announcement with details. Artists who are LISTED HERE [PDF] are already accepted and plan to be at the festival. There are slightly over 300 artists. We are holding at this number to allow for spacing between booths if required.

If you are an artist and still want to apply, please do so. Additional accepted artists will be added to a wait-list and can join the festival as space permits.

The M&T Bank Clothesline Festival artist application is still open! [PDF]


Call MAG Events 585-276-8949 or Festival email

Only during M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

MAG Member Special | Save $15 on membership | September 11 and 12, 2021

Special pricing will become available during the M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival beginning 10 am on Saturday, September 11 and ending at midnight on Sunday, September 12, 2021. Available online or in person at the MAG Admissions Desk. Student and Out-of-Town memberships are not eligible for this promotion. UR Employee memberships are 50% off for Individual and Family memberships – year-round!

shown above: Glass by Siox Glass, Ltd., demos from Creative Workshop, Artemis by Cynthia Iannaccone, Richard Aerni’s booth ca. 2018.


Visit the Artist Toolbox Page for additional information and marketing materials to download.

MAG is a Sample Soap Collection Site

Sample Soap collects & distributes toiletries to Rochester’s neediest citizens all year, including:
Homeless, refugees, runaway children, women and families in transition, AIDS survivors, people burned out of their homes, survivors of domestic and sexual violence. WANTED: sample-size, travel-size & full-size unused toiletries for children, women, and men. Here’s a flyer.
More information: www.samplesoap.org

Sample Soap Collection site

2020 M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival – A Year Like No Other!

A big thank you to our presenting sponsor M&T Bank, supporting sponsor Nolan’s Rental, media sponsors WXXI and CITY Newspaper all of the 2020 Clothesline artists, MAG members, M&T Bank Matching Challenge donors, and everyone who participated in a virtual event for making the 2020 M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival possible! ⁣⁣⠀

Watch our recorded virtual events | Watch videos from some Clothesline Online artists

Saturday: Sculpture, Glass, Metal & Wood | Sunday: Ceramics | Monday: Mixed Media | Tuesday: Treasures & Jewelry | Wednesday: Wearables, Fabric & Fiber | Thursday: Painting & Drawing | Friday: Photography & Prints | ALL ARTISTS

Congratulations to these 2020 M&T Bank Clothesline Online Merit Award Winners!

Rather than judging art this past year, our panel of judges looked at the artists’ online presence, specifically the quality of their websites and their use of social media. We realize that not all artists have an online presence, but in the COVID era, websites and social media are primary channels for connection. We were excited to recognize and celebrate artists who excel at building and engaging their audience online. See the 2020 Merit Award winners!

For more than 60 years, Clothesline Festival has been our largest annual fundraiser. In 1994, M&T Bank offered to join us and has continued to support us for 26 straight years. This year – we’ll go virtual, but our goals are the same. We want to highlight and support the arts and artists. Thank you to the MAG Archives for helping us take a look back.

Clothesline Online: Clothesline Through The Years

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor for 26 straight years!

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsor:

Nolans Rental

Thank you to our Media Sponsors:

Thank you to CITY Newspaper and WXXI

Interested in supporting the Gallery’s biggest fund-raiser?
Contact Joe Carney, phone: 585-276-8941.