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Each year, Rochester Art Center offers a large variety of youth and adult education programs. These exceptional offerings include classes, workshops, film screenings, lectures, and gallery tours for all ages. Programs are designed to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Youth programs, such as Total Arts Day Camp, provide valuable hands-on art experiences under the direction of professional Art Center Educators and also through guest artists. For more information about tour and workshop opportunities, or to schedule a private group tour or workshop, see below. 

The Rochester Art Center is an accessible facility and participation by all people is encouraged. Individuals needing physical, visual, audio or other accommodations are encouraged to notify in advance at or by calling 507-722-2552.

Artist Spotlight Tours with Roshan Ganu

Saturday, Oct 7 | 11:00 AM, Saturday Oct 28 & Saturday, Nov 4 at 1:00 PM

In this artist led tour series, Ganu will speak about her current multimedia installation, "जत्रा (Ja-tra) : A Feeling At The Beginning Of Time."


Storytime + Art

Friday, September 29 | 10:30 AM

Join us for storytime and an art activity at Rochester Art Center and stay for a walk through the gallery.


Author Talk with Paul Scanlon

Sunday, October 8 | 2:00 PM

Join us for an exciting presentation with author Paul Scanlon. Discover the fascinating story behind his latest book and gain insights into his writing process and inspirations.


Artist Spotlight Tour with Jennifer Bastian

Sunday, March 17, 2024 | 1:00 PM

Join us to learn more about artist Jennifer Bastian and her artwork featured in "Chronicles of the Chronic."


Public Art Walking Tours

Sundays | 1:00 PM

Join us for a look at the public artwork in Rochester.


Image Transfer And Embroidery Workshop with Ivonne Yáñez

Sunday, October 1 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Participants will be able to create unique works of art using their own photographs and embroidered embellishments. They will learn how to transfer photocopies of old photographs onto fabric.


Drop In Tours

Fridays & 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.


Open Studio

Fridays & Saturdays | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Drop in for an entrée of creative projects or bring your own supplies and projects to the Rochester Art Center!


Artist Spotlight Tour with Debra D'Souza

Sunday, September 24 | 1:00 PM

MN Mosaic Guild member and award-winning artist Deb D’Souza discusses her glass and stone work.


Artist Spotlight Tour with May Ling Kopecky

Saturday, October 7 | 1:00 PM

Minnesota based artist May Ling Kopecky kicks off a series of Artist Spotlight Tours in the current exhibition "Chronicles of the Chronic."


Artist Spotlight Tour with Samantha Reiter-Johnson

Sunday, October 22 | 1:00 PM

Local artist Samantha Reiter-Johnson discusses her new murals on a set of utility boxes in Mayo Park.


Artist Spotlight Tour with Benjamin Merritt

Sunday, November 12 | 1:00 PM

Join us in the galleries for a tour of "Chronicles of the Chronic" with current exhibiting artist Benjamin Merritt whose ongoing practice focuses on a series of drawings, monoprints, and sculptural forms that combine abstraction with handwritten text.


Artist Spotlight Tour with Drew Maude-Griffin

Sunday, March 3, 2024 | 1:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome interdisciplinary artist Drew Maude-Griffin to lead a tour of their artwork as part of the current exhibition "Chronicles of the Chronic."


Each summer, the Art Center is proud to offer Total Arts Day Camp (TADC), where youth engage in creating their own artworks, learning from professional artists, and thinking about the world around them. Through a one week-long session, students build artist’s skills and confidence in the visual arts. Several sessions are offered each summer and provide flexible enrollment options for families with students going into grades 1-6. The final day of each session concludes with a showcase presented by the students for their families. TADC was initiated in 1971 by artist Judy Onofrio, and we are pleased to continue her legacy of learning and creativity for youth. 

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