Four artists were honored as Merit Award winners, including a First-Time Exhibitor Award at the 65th Annual M&T Bank Clothesline Festival, held September 11th and 12th at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. Winners were chosen from almost 300 artists and makers from across the country for the awards which recognize extraordinary quality, craftsmanship, creativity, and/or outstanding presentation.

The 2021 Merit Awards Winners are:

The 2021 First-Time Exhibitor Award was presented to:

For more information on the artists and the Clothesline Festival please visit

Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine arts festival continues to evolve. Originating as a New York State-only artist festival, Clothesline has expanded in recent years to welcome artists from across the country. It’s now the place to experience all-day live entertainment, sample food from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors, enjoy free family art activities, visit the museum, and, of course, browse and buy original artwork throughout the grounds.