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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.

Drop In Tours

Saturdays & Sundays | 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.


Gallery Tour with Anne Labovitz

March 4, April 8, May 6, July 15, 29 & 30

Enjoy a guided tour of current exhibition The Nexus of Well-Being and Art with noted international artist Anne Labovitz.


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!


Ageless Art Open House

Saturday, April 15, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Ageless Art showcases the creativity of students in Rochester Public Schools. Artwork on view will represent students ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade and include various mediums including painting, digital arts and photography. Rochester Art Center has a 75-year history of supporting youth in the pursuit of creativity.


Families in Motion

Saturday, May 13 | 10:00 AM

This one-hour workshop for children to participate in with an adult relative or caregiver provides a joyful opportunity for families to connect in new ways.


SOLD OUT - Frankenstuffie Class with Nicole Havekost

Saturday, March 25, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Do you want to learn how to make a hooded, shark-faced, smiling, furry friend? Or a double-headed goose-necked opossum? These wild stuffed creatures are known as "Frankenstuffies"!


Color Relativity - Creating the Illusion of Light with Paint, Author Talk with Kami Mendlik

Saturday, April 29 | 2:00 PM

You’re invited! Meet Minnesota impressionist painter and author, Kami Mendlik on Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 PM. Mendlik will be giving a short presentation of her recently published book, Color Relativity – Creating the Illusion of Light with Paint, followed by a book signing in the studio space at the Rochester Art Center.


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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