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Calling all artists: Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition entries due March 27

By Chiyo Ueyama, Exhibitions Assistant

Archie and Edith Bunker could have sung it on All in the Family: 35mm slides . . . those were the days. Until just two years ago, hundreds of artists sent those little slides to the Memorial Art Gallery to be considered for the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition. Starting this year, they will be sending digital images of their entries via e-mail. Unlike the Queens couple, most of us do not miss the yesteryear.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition is a juried show that started in 1938. It showcases works by artists who reside in the 27-county region in upstate and western New York. Originally a yearly show, it became a biennial in 1997. It now alternates years with the invitational Rochester Biennial.

“Love it.” “Hate it.” “Nice variety.” “Not enough paintings.” “Love the jewelry but no woodwork this year?” This show does get visitors talking. And they vote for their favorite pieces during the first two weeks of the exhibition (winner wins $500). Other cash awards include the MAG Award ($1,000) and Alice Koret/Docent Award ($500). The show creates much buzz even after it closes: one artist will win a spot in the Rochester Biennial the following year. If you’re an artist, of course you want to be in the show people love to respond to, don’t you?

62nd Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition
July 26-October 4, 2009

James Hyde, artist, NYC

David A. Kwasigroh, Director of Exhibitions and Artist Services, Indianapolis Art Center

The deadline for entries for the 2009 Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition has passed.  Juried results will be mailed during the week of May 4th.


Comment from kristin
Time: March 22, 2009, 2:41 pm

i came acrost a painting in the garbage and it has a partial sticker/label on the back that says”The Rochester Memorial Art Gallery” it also says (this area is partially torn) Rochester Fingerlakes. if you could help me out with any info that would be wonderful.

Comment from Chiyo Ueyama
Time: March 30, 2009, 10:09 am


How interesting! I wonder if you have a picture of it that you could send us via e-mail. We no longer put our label on the back of Finger Lakes artworks, and I heard that we have not used the name “The Rochester Memorial Art Gallery” in a few decades. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

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