Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

home ~ exploring, mending, reimagining

May 21 - August 21, 2022

"home ~ exploring, mending, reimagining" features, for the first time in one single location a multimedia body of work, composed by quilts, audiovisual collages, and participatory artworks, that artist Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo has produced since 2019 with various communities in southeastern Minnesota.

Melissa Ianniello: Wish it Was a Coming Out

August 3, 2022 - January 29, 2023

The Rochester Art Center in partnership with the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul presents a solo exhibition of photographs and interviews created by Italian artist Melissa Ianniello (b. 1991, Naples, Italy).

Walk With Us

May 14 - December 11, 2022

When walking becomes an intentional activity, i.e., something more than utilitarian movement, worlds open up. Artists and creative thinkers have been aware of this keyway into creativity for centuries, and so there is a deep history of writers, visual artists, scientists, philosophers and other creative thinkers engaged in this practice.

Programs at the Center

Drop In Tours

Saturdays | 1:00 PM

Enjoy an in-person, guided tour of the Rochester Art Center and find out about the museum’s local history, stunning architectural design, and current exhibitions.

Quilting Workshop

Sunday, August 14 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Taught by Cindy Starkey Robinson, in this introductory class, learn how to piece, applique, and hand quilt while making a small, quilted mug rug. Instructions will be provided for finishing your mug rug at home. This diminutive quilt makes a thoughtful gift or can be displayed and used in your own home.

Film Screening: "Making Noise"

Thursday, August 18 | 7:30 & 9:00 PM

You're Invited! Join us for a free film screening of the 2018 documentary "Making Noise" by filmmaker and artist Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo.

Arts & Culture



Art can stimulate both the emotions and the intellect. It can inform and inspire. Commune with creativity and find your center. Come for world-class exhibitions and dynamic interactive programs, and discover welcoming and diverse opportunities that encourage questioning, creativity, and critical thinking.

Art Center memberships include free access to the galleries, our weekly e-newsletter, discounts on ticketed workshops and other events, and 10% off in the Gallery Shop all year round. Your participation makes the arts happen in Rochester. Join us, and thank you for supporting the arts!



Adults    ----  $5


21 & Under   ----   FREE


Members   ----   FREE


The Art Center is located along Rochester's extensive Trail System at Mayo Park. Bike racks are located in front of the Art Center.


Wednesday to Sunday 

11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Parking available at the Civic Center Ramp (FREE after 4pm and on weekends).

Disability parking is available in front of the Mayo Civic Center.


30 Civic Center Drive SE, STE 120

Rochester, MN 55904


Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Service animals are welcomed.

For special arrangements call us at 507-722-2552.  

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Rochester Art Center gratefully acknowledges all of our donors for their generous support.