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. 

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 , 2022- March 19, 2023

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.


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.


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.


Proto Language

October 15, 2022 - February 19, 2023

By Chris Delisle. 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.


Our Home

May 19, 2022 - May 19, 2023

As Rochester grows every day to be a more racially diverse and international city, the Rochester Art Center strives to highlight and celebrate a plurality of voices through the stories of transplants, immigrants and long-time residents who decided to make Minnesota their home. The creation of a participatory mural showcases this commitment and invites visitors to “meet” the people of Rochester as they enter the Art Center.


Keith Lawrence: Faces of Recovery

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.


The Nexus of Well-Being and Art

February 18 – July 30, 2023

The Nexus of Well-Being and Art is a new body of work by noted international artist Anne Labovitz. The Minnesota born artist creates interactive, multi-faceted works inspired by the premise that physical, mental and emotional health are essential to true well-being.


Selected artworks from the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Exhibition

December 14, 2022 - March 5, 2023

The Rochester Art Center is excited to host a display of some of the artworks that were originally part of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.


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