The Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition (RFLX), The City’s oldest and longest-running juried exhibition for emerging and established artists from western and central New York, returns to the Memorial Art Gallery. The 68th installment will be on view from April 23rd – August 6th.
What is required to be showcased in this exhibition? Artists have to live within the 27-county region, completed their original work(s) within the last two years, be 18 years of age or older, and submitted their entry to MAG by December 31st, 2022. After careful consideration, the 68th RFLX artists have been selected by this year’s Juror, Molly Donovan, Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. with assistance from MAG Director of Exhibitions Margot Muto and her team. The artists for the 68th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition are:
Zara Bronwyn Davis
Amanda Parry Oglesbee
Kari Ganoung Ruiz
Donna Meadows Manier
Michelle L Miller
Phyllis Bryce Ely
*indicates multiple entries
This year, artists are eligible for several cash prizes totaling more than $4,500. These include the $1,500 Memorial Art Gallery Award, selected by the juror; the Alice Koret Award, presented by museum docents, and selected by a subset of museum docents; and the Harris Popular Vote Award, selected by visitors during the first two weeks of the exhibition. The first five awards will be announced at the members’ opening reception, and the Harris Popular Vote Award will be announced during the run of the exhibition.
- 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)
- Ida and Elmer Louis Award, given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Louis by their family; selected by the juror ($600)
- Suressa H. Forbes Memorial Award, given by her daughter, Elizabeth J. Forbes ($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), and will be announced on May 10th (Voting starts on the first day of the exhibition, the last day to vote is May 7th)
About the Juror for the 68th RFLX
Molly Donovan has worked as the curator of contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art since 1993. During her tenure, she has curated international touring exhibitions, including Warhol: Headlines (2012–13), and Rachel Whiteread (2017–19), on which she collaborated with Ann Gallagher at Tate Britain. Recently, Molly co-curated with Kanitra Fletcher and Steve Nelson the Washington presentation of Afro-Atlantic Histories (2022). Molly’s permanent collection exhibitions and acquisitions have reshaped the Gallery’s program to include more works by living artists, particularly women and people of color. Among her many such presentations are: Lynda Benglis (2021), Barbara Kruger: Profiles (2016–17), and Christo and Jeanne Claude in the Vogel Collection (2002). She has initiated several innovative commissions at the Gallery, including Roxy Paine’s Graft (2009), Leo Villareal’s Multiverse (2008), and Andy Goldsworthy’s Roof (2004–05). Molly has written and lectured on many other, including Janine Antoni, María Berrío, Byron Kim, Kimsooja, Teresita Fernandez, Glenn Ligon, Richard Tuttle, and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Molly grew up in Buffalo, NY, and is excited to reconnect with her western New York roots as Juror of the 68th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition.
For a full and up-to-date credit line visit the exhibition page.