Clothesline Festival

2018 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival | #ClotheslineFestival | Artists’ List

September 7 & 8, 2019 | 10 am–5 pm both days | rain or shine!

Thank you to our Sponsors, the amazing Artists and the Greater Rochester community. Feeling the LOVE!


Admission: $5 (MAG members $4) to benefit MAG; 10 and under free if accompanied by an adult.
Helpful tip: We are only accepting cash at the admission gate.
Friendly reminder: Your M&T Bank Clothesline Festival stamp includes museum admission (a $15 value)
*Exclusive to MAG members: early bird shopping 9:30–10 am both mornings


PLEASE NOTE: Highlighted artists are past Merit Award winners.

Click here for 2018 Clothesline Merit Award Winners

About Clothesline:
Now in its 62nd year, Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival with original artwork by more than 400 artists! Read more about Clothesline history in the Democrat and Chronicle.


Take $1 off Clothesline admission with your #MemberPerks coupon. Watch for it in the mail in August.

Enjoy early bird shopping at Clothesline 9:30–10 am both mornings.

Annual Membership Drive:
Join or Renew and get $15 off your membership. The discount works on a gift membership as well. You’ll also receive a cool MAG lunch bag as our gift to you.

SPECIAL NOTE: MAG Members will be excluded from the Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process $5 surcharge.
See Monet for Free!


Shuttles run 9 am–6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Park and ride our free, fully accessible shuttle buses.

  • Gleason Works University lot
  • East End Garage at 475 East Main and Scio (parking fee applies);

Accessible parking (by permit only) is available near the shuttle stop at the Gleason Works on University. Shuttle bus pick up/drop off is at the MAG Prince Street gate.

Prince Street Entrance

For many years, Kimo & Ka’iulani have been greeting you to Clothesline with music on the slide guitar and Hawaiian blessings at the Prince Street entrance. This year, due to an illness, they will be unable to join us. We send back our blessing for a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing them next year!


Clothesline T-Shirt

Our 2018 M&T Bank Clothesline T-shirt is designed by #HerVoiceCarries artist, Sarah C. Rutherford in collaboration with Kari Petsche. Each flower/circle is in connection with the mural of each of the five women featured in the Her Voice Carries mural project on view around Rochester and in the Hurlbut Gallery at MAG. Here is a rack card that includes the mural locations.

We’ll have the t-shirts in men’s and women’s styles. All t-shirts are $18. Find them at THE STORE @ MAG Sidewalk Tent near the food trucks.


Service Animals are always welcome, but please remember that pets are not allowed at Clothesline. The crowds, the shopping, and the weather are too much for them to enjoy themselves. So leave your furry friends at home. We welcome them back to the Sculpture Park on a quieter day.

Bicyclists should enter at Prince Street. There will be a self-serve bike rack available to lock bikes.


Join us at the Creative Workshop area at Clothesline and we’ll help you make art! We’ll be inspired by Claude Monet, music, and more! | Open House Schedule

Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM, visit the Creative Workshop (lower level of Cutler Union) to learn about fall art classes for all ages. Enjoy family art activities—including free, supervised activities for ages 4–12 (sign up for up to an hour). Watch drawing, painting, clay and jewelry demos and see our latest faculty show! Get $5 off any new class registration (during Clothesline only).

Creative Workshop activities

Brown Hound Downtown offers Brunch, takeout lunches and bakery treats all weekend.
Check out the menu here.

Also enjoy eats and treats by local favorites:

Rustic Taco Bar food truck, Cheesed and Confused, Daily Refresher, Effortlessly Healthy Food, Macarollin’, Nancy’s Fried Dough, Cinnamon Roasted Nuts, Red Osier, the Meatball Truck, Tom Wahl’s, Barb-B-Que food truck and Tuscan Wood Fired Pizza in back of the museum; Pittsford Farms Dairy (near
the Prince St. gate); and Brown Hound Downtown (inside the museum). Brown Hound will serve brunch both mornings as well as baked goods (inside the museum).

Outside, enjoy local craft beers from Rohrbach Brewing, wines from Heron Hill Winery and coffee from Glen Edith Coffee Roasters. The Gallery Council manages the food booths and helps to provide volunteers to the Festival. Thank you!


11-12:30 pm: Meghan Koch & The Gentleman Callers
1-2:30 pm: Chaz Hearne
3-4:30 pm: Up2Something

11-12:30 pm: Ryan T. Carey
1-2:30 pm: Jim E Legg Trio
3-4:30 pm: The New Gospel Times

2018 INSIDE ENTERTAINMENT: SUNDAY, September 9, 2018
Fountain Court (inside, 2nd floor)
1 & 3: Baroque Organ mini-recital

Your Clothesline admission also gets you into the museum—a $15 value!
Find more works of art for purchase in the Gallery Store.
Shop for bargains in the Pavilion at our art library’s once-a-year sale of used art books and magazines.
BROWN HOUND DOWNTOWN will serve brunch both days and the bakery will be open.
Baroque Organ mini-recital in the Fountain Court at 1 & 3 pm.
ATM and restrooms inside.

Beauty is Temporary | Temporary is Beautiful

Sand mandalas last for just a short time, but the images and messages cling to the emotions for years. Experience the beauty of this meditative art from Rochester, NY artist Katie Jo Suddaby. Each design is unique and impermanent. Once she is finished, the image is wiped away. The sand is “given back to nature” by putting it in a flowing body of water. It’s blessings flow wherever the river reaches. Destruction Ceremony will be 1/2 hour before close on Sunday.

Clothesline is a Sample Soap Collection Location

Sample Soap

Sample Soap collects & distributes toiletries to Rochester’s neediest citizens, 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:
See a map of Clothesline collection sites: look for the blue dot!

At the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival you can:

  • browse and buy original artwork by more than 375 artists
  • experience live entertainment
  • sample food & drink from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors
  • enjoy free family art activities at the Creative Workshop
  • search for bargains at the Gallery Store’s Sidewalk Sale and the art library’s used book sale
  • purchase this year’s Clothesline T-shirt
  • visit the museum (included in the $5 ticket price)

Again this year, Clothesline will spill over the Memorial Art Gallery’s 14-acre campus. The Memorial Art Gallery and grounds are now smoke-free. SEE: the 2018 grounds map

Admission: $5 (MAG members $4) to benefit MAG; 10 and under free if accompanied by an adult.
Want to Volunteer? It’s more than free admission to Clothesline. Volunteers are our high-octane fuel to keep things running smoothly! Click here to fill out an application.
Clothesline through the years: What’s in a name?

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors

Nolans Rental

Thank you to our Media Sponsors

city newspaper AND wxxi

Calling all sponsors!

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