Every two years, Rochester’s oldest and longest-running juried exhibition showcases new work in all media by emerging and established artists from a 27-county region of western and central New York State. Since only a small percentage of works submitted are chosen, Rochester-Finger Lakes remains a prestigious showcase for regional artists. Past award winners, many of whom have gone on to establish national reputations, include Kathy Armstrong, Kathy Calderwood, Wendell Castle, Hans Christensen, Ani Hoover, Nancy Jurs, Albert Paley, Honoré Sharrer, and Bill Stewart.

Meet the 2021 Artists


In 2021, artists are eligible for six cash prizes totaling more than $5,000. The first five have been announced at the members’ exhibition opening celebration, the Harris Popular Vote Award will be announced on September 1.

About the Juror

MAG is pleased to announce that this year’s entries were selected by Amanda Chestnut, a curator, artist, educator, and arts advocate living in Rochester. An image-based artist known for their photography, Chestnut has exhibited their work throughout New York State. They hold an MFA in Visual Studies from Visual Studies Workshop through The College at Brockport, SUNY.

Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rubens Family Foundation, and the Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Chris and Mike Haefner, Dr. Karal Ann Marling, Pamela Miller Ness and Paul Marc Ness, James and Marguerite Quinn, and an anonymous donor.

The exhibition is also made possible by the John D. Greene Endowment for Contemporary Exhibitions, the Thomas and Marion Hawks Memorial Fund, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund, and the Nancy R. Turner Fund for Special Exhibitions.