In December 2018, RIT City Art Space made its debut at 280 East Main Street, in the historic Sibley building on Liberty Pole Plaza, marking a new era of creativity and innovation in downtown.
City Art Space is RIT's only off-campus venue in downtown Rochester, free and open to the public, where community engagement flows through exhibitions, events and educational programming. Exhibitions by RIT students, faculty, alumni, and more are always rotating. Student employees gain valuable experience in a dynamic, professional setting, collaborating with artists, assisting with exhibition installation and gallery management.
In 2019, City Art Space was nominated for an Urban Innovation Award by the Community Design Center for its transformation from a vacant retail space to a contemporary, publicly accessible venue in a historic building that contributes to the revitalization of downtown Rochester. In 2021, Rochester Business Journal named City Art Space one of Rochester's Coolest Spaces.
Visit us to catch a glimpse of the many projects and collaborations that happen in RIT’s College of Art and Design every day!