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Past Exhibitions | 2022

Each year, Rochester Art Center presents a wide array of contemporary art exhibitions. These exhibitions offer visitors the opportunity to connect with art by local, regional, and nationally working artists. 

Walk Back to Your Body

September 3, 2022 - January 1, 2023

What does it mean to be in conversation with your body? Many social, cultural, and political conventions we live by today discipline how we experience our bodies. They are often defined by their productivity, utility, fitness, and so on, but rarely through vulnerability and reflection.

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SE MN High School Art Show

March 2 - March 27, 2022

Presented by Southeast Service Cooperative, the Rochester Art Center, and 35 area school districts, the annual Southeast Minnesota High School Art Show returns for its 11th year. Works by rural Southeast Minnesota area students will be on display for the public to view

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Women Through Their Eyes | Carlota Gay

July 13 - October 30, 2022

Carlota Gay's "Women Through Their Eyes" is a solo exhibition featuring a series of watercolor portraits accompanying a singular acrylic painting on polytab fabric.

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Rochester Looking at Climate Change

September 9, 2022 - January 22, 2023

Climate change is upon us! In the exhibition Rochester Looking at Climate Change, 20+ artists respond to a crisis that affects the future of the entire human race. Organized by artist Layne Noser, this exhibition draws attention to climate change through the creative works and unique perspectives of Rochester based artists.

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Faces of Recovery | Keith Lawrence

November 9, 2022 - February 19, 2023

Faces of Recovery is a solo exhibition by self-taught artist Keith Lawrence featuring portraits of individuals impacted by addiction. Inspired by his own journey through addiction and recovery the artist sought to capture moments of struggles and hope in recovery with the ultimate goal to support his community.

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Proto Language | Chris Delisle

December 14, 2022 - March 5, 2023

Proto Language refers to a notion that there is an ancestral parent language which all other languages are derived from and that, as human beings, we understand and respond to symbols on a deep cognitive level. Why are some people innately drawn to certain symbols as opposed to others? What archetypes resonate beyond cultures, languages and history? Drawing inspiration from history, mythology, human psychology, and the observation of human nature, the artworks in this exhibition aim to represent Delisle’s quest for the intricacies of what constitutes our actions as individuals, communities and civilizations.

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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). Produced over the last four years, and starting from the artist’s own journey as a lesbian in Italy, the ongoing series Wish it Was a Coming Out, investigates the taboo of being older and gay in Italy, a country with a history and a culture deeply rooted in religious and traditional beliefs.

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Có nắng vàng trên bàn tay nhỏ (All the light in your hand) | Genie Tran

July 9 - October 5, 2022

Có nắng vàng trên bàn tay nhỏ (All the light in your hand) focuses on the chaos and tenderness of memory and identity. Influenced by the artist’s family albums and branded advertisement archives, the exhibition features large sheets of handmade paper filled with collages of personal and found images, objects and texts. The collages represent a generative cycle of remembering and moreover, a record of time expressing a living desire for love and connection. This exhibition is sponsored by the MFA Program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The artist was selected through a jurying process led by Rochester-based writer and anthropologist Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara.

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home ~ exploring, mending, reimagining | Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo

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.

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Poetry Despite/Music Despite

April 5 - August 7, 2022

Co-presented by Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project and the Rochester Art Center, Poetry Despite/Music Despite (Eternal War Requiem) connects artists across time and place, from World War I to the “Global War on Terror,” from the US to Iraq. In this exhibition, conceived and organized by Iraq war veteran and artist Aaron Hughes, music, poetry, and large-scale prints come together to facilitate connections between the current state of endless war and its historical antecedents. These connections acknowledge the recurring traumas of war and, conversely, the human connections that happen despite the pain.

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Virtual Galleries

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Homecoming Queen: The Wonderful World of Utica Queen

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75th Anniversary Exhibition

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