66th Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition

June 16–September 15, 2019

Every two years, Rochester’s oldest and longest-running juried exhibition showcases the talents of emerging and established artists from a 27-county region. Past award winners, many of whom have gone on to establish national reputations, have included Wendell Castle, Albert Paley, Honoré Sharrer, Hans Christensen, Bill Stewart, and Kathy Calderwood.

Preview the exhibition

Rochester | Finger Lakes artists are eligible for nine cash awards, among them the $1,500 Memorial Art Gallery Award, selected by the juror; the Alice Koret Award, presented by museum docents; and the Harris Popular Vote Award, selected by visitors during the first two weeks of the exhibition. The first eight will be announced at the members’ opening party; the popular vote award will be announced on July 3, 2019.
Press Release | CITY Newspaper’s Review | DnadC: Homegrown Creativity | Harris Popular Vote Award


ROC-FLX Award Winners
Juror Marilyn Zapf (fourth from the left) awarded artists based on the quality of their work in their chosen medium, and on overall skill and artistry. Below are the selected artists.

  • Ronan Christopher Louis Award
    Given in memory of Ronan Christopher Louis (2010–2013) by his family
    Awarded to: Cory Card | Sweepings 17: Dust Conglomerate | Sweepings 12: Belly Button Lint II
  • Elmer Louis Award
    Given in memory of Mr. Louis by his daughter, Carol Louis Yunker
    Awarded to: Colleen Buzzard | Hard Merge from Left, 2019
  • Ida Abrams Louis Award
    Given in memory of Mrs. Louis by her daughter, Carol Louis Yunker
    Awarded to: Ani Hoover | Rubber Garden, 2017
  • Gertrude Herdle Moore/Isabel Herdle Award
    Given by The Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery
    Awarded to: John Elliott | Collus Major
  • Louis D’Amanda Memorial Award
    Given by the family in memory of the Edler Louis D’Amanda
    Awarded to: Andy Buck | Boot, 2017 | Alfred, 2018
  • Alice E. Koret/Docent Award
    Given in memory of Alice E. Koret by Dr. Sidney Koret, friends and family, and selected by a docent of the Memorial Art Gallery
    Awarded to: Kathy Armstrong | Fresh Squeezed OJ, 2019
  • Memorial Art Gallery Award
    Award of Excellence
    Awarded to: Holland Houdek | Elevated Triple Mitosis (Artificial Cell Replacement), 2015 | Cardiovascular Complex (Heart and Vein Implant), 2017 | Spoked Shoulder Anthroplasty (Complex Shoulder Anthroplasty), 2018
    (not shown in photo above)
  • Harris Popular Vote Award
    Given in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Manville S. Harris
    Awarded to the artist whose work receives the most votes from visitors during the first two weeks of the exhibition.
    Awarded to: Trish Coonrod | Still Life with Yellow Gourds and Pumpkin, 2017 | Announced on July 3, 2019.

photography by John Schlia Photography

ROC-FLX Programs | Artists Talk

Join us for casual conversations and insights into the creative process with a cash bar. Opens 6 pm • talk at 7 pm. Included with museum admission ~ members free.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Christina Brinkman (ceramics)
Andy Buck (wood sculptures)
Kaori-Mei Stephens (painting)
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Thursday, August 22, 2019
Lucia Falsetti Guarino (photography)
Ani Hoover (mixed media)
Andrew Zimbelman (animation)
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2019 Juror Marilyn Zapf

Marilyn Zapf
Artists are invited to submit works of art for consideration by the juror, Marilyn Zapf, for inclusion in the exhibition. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and live in one of the following counties in upstate New York: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Genesee, Erie, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

Zapf is the Assistant Director and Curator at the Center for Craft, a national arts nonprofit headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina. She has curated a number of exhibitions including the nationally traveling Michael Sherrill Retrospective (Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, 2018); Made in WNC (Center for Craft, Asheville, NC, 2015), and Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints (Center for Craft, Asheville, NC, 2014). Zapf is a trustee of the American Crafts Council, a program advisor for the MA in Critical and Historical Craft Studies program at Warren Wilson College, and has published articles and reviews in international publications, including Art Jewelry Forum and Crafts Magazine (UK). She holds an MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and a BA (English Literature) and BFA (Jewelry and Metalworking) from The University of Georgia. Her areas of research include craft, postmodernism, and de/industrialization.

above: art credit: @marilynzapf George Nelson, China Shop, ca. 1953 #metbreuer

Thank you to our Sponsors:

This exhibition is sponsored by the Rubens Family Foundation and the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, with additional support from the John D. Greene Endowment for Contemporary Exhibitions, and the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund.