M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival

Thank you for joining us for the M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival. 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! ⁣⁣⠀

For more than 60 years, Clothesline Festival has been MAG’s largest annual fundraiser and biggest celebration of artists. This year, the Festival had expanded to a full week of free events to celebrate art, artists, and community. M&T Bank matched donations dollar-for-dollar during the M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival!!

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

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

  • Browse and buy art directly from incredible artists online – each day will feature a different medium
  • Tune in to virtual events with artists, stream live music, and more!
  • Watch past virtual events here
  • Save $15 on new, renewing, and gift memberships during September 12-18
  • MAG members – visit MAG in person to claim your complimentary membership button (available September 12-18)

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

Only during M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival

MAG Member Special | Save $15 on membership | September 12-18, 2020

Special pricing will become available during the M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival beginning 10 am on Saturday, September 12 and ending at midnight on Friday, September 18, 2020. 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!


Read the press release

MandT Bank Clothesline Online

We look forward to our 2021 Festival on September 11th & 12th, 2021, and very much look forward to seeing everyone there.

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


2020 M and T Bank Clothesline Online T-shirt

Pre-order your 2020 M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival T-shirt, designed by Rochester artist Dellarious.
This pre-order option will only be available through MIDNIGHT on Friday, September 18!
learn more


Create at home

Browse and download do-it-yourself crafts, coloring sheets, and more, provided by our wonderful Creative Workshop instructors and PBS Kids! We wanted to bring our Creative Workshop Clothesline tent to you, so you can create with us from the comfort of your own home. Be sure to share your art and tag it using the hashtag #clotheslineonline so we can post your creations on our social media!

Creative Workshop activities at home

Clothesline Online Merit Awards and People’s Choice Awards

Rather than judging art this year, our panel of judges are judging 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 this COVID era, websites and social media have become primary channels for connection. We are excited to recognize and celebrate artists who excel at building and engaging their audience online. See the 2020 Merit Award winners!


MAG is a Sample Soap Collection Site

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: www.samplesoap.org

Sample Soap Collection site

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


Artists: Additional Information HERE


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