67th Rochester-Finger Lakes

August 15–October 17, 2021

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, the Rochester-Finger Lakes remains a prestigious showcase for regional artists. Past award winners, many of whom have gone on to establish national reputations, have included Kathy Armstrong, Kathy Calderwood, Wendell Castle, Hans Christensen, Ani Hoover, Nancy Jurs, Albert Paley, Honoré Sharrer, and Bill Stewart.


Meet the 2021 artists ▷ click here


Amanda Chestnut

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.

In 2021, artists are eligible for six cash prizes totaling more than $5,000. The first five will be announced Saturday, August 14 at the members’ exhibition opening celebration, the Harris Popular Vote Award will be announced on September 1.

Awards

  • Memorial Art Gallery Award (Award of Excellence); selected by the juror ($1,500)
  • Alice E. Koret/Docent Award, given in memory of Alice E. Koret by Dr. Sidney Koret, friends and family; selected by a MAG docent ($1,000)
  • Gertrude Herdle Moore/Isabel Herdle Award, given by the Gallery Council of the MAG; selected by the juror ($500)
  • Elmer Louis Award, given in memory of Mr. Louis by his family; selected by the juror ($600)
  • Ronan Christopher Louis Award, given in memory of Ronan Christopher Louis (2010–2013) by his family; selected by the juror ($500)
  • Harris Popular Vote Award, given in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Manville S. Harris to the artist whose work receives the most votes from visitors during the first two weeks of the exhibition ($500) will be announced on Sept. 1. The voting starts on the first day of the exhibition and the last day to vote is August 29th.

Programs

67th Rochester-Finger Lakes Opening Day Presentation
Sunday, August 15 | 2 pm | PURCHASE TICKETS

Every two years, Rochester’s oldest and longest-running juried exhibition showcases the talents of emerging and established artists from a 27-county region. Join us on the exhibition’s opening day for a brief presentation from this year’s juror, curator, artist, educator, and arts advocate Amanda Chestnut, as they discuss their process and criteria for selecting the 113 works on view, featuring a variety of mediums, styles, and subject matter.

This presentation will be immediately followed by announcing the five juror’s cash prize awards and the opportunity to cast your vote for the Harris Popular Vote Award that will be announced on September 1.

Your ticket includes museum admission.


read the press release | View the 66th ROC-FLX award winners

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.

The Gallery Council at MAG