Past Exhibitions

2023 Exhibitions

October 6, 2023 – February 18, 2024

Nicholas Galanin's work is unapologetically critical of how western culture tokenizes indigenous objects and people. Made from a found totem pole intended for tourists, this installation deconstructs it in an attempt to reclaim lost meaning and context. 

The installation is on view at City Art Space October 6, 2023 - February 18, 2024.

Photography Reviews
December 8, 2023 – January 21, 2024

A juried, biennial exhibition offered to recent graduates in photography from around the world, the show will include over 131 recent graduates, 21 of which are RIT alumni.

On view December 8, 2023 - January 21, 2024


Clay Patrick McBride
November 3, 2023 – December 3, 2023

Photographer Clay Patrick McBride presents his recent project of vintage-processed portraits, capturing the diverse community around the Roc City Skatepark.

GALLERY TALK: Friday, November 3, 6:00 PM
Free // All Welcome

Emily Bellinger
October 6, 2023 – October 28, 2023

Inspired by a vintage romance novel, Tender is the Storm is Bellinger's take on contemporary intimacy through recent works in fiber and multimedia. 

GALLERY TALK: Friday, October 6, 6:00 PM
Free // All Welcome

ROC Small Press Book Fair
September 30, 2023 – September 30, 2023

ONE DAY ONLY! The Rochester Small Press Book Fair brings together book artists, photographers, independent publishers, and DIYers to exhibit their work in a unique market showcasing the gamut of what publishing can be. Artist’s books, photobook works, magazines, zines, digital publishing as well as publishing resources are available to peruse and purchase.

Saturday, September 30, 11 AM - 4 PM

Peter Pincus
August 18, 2023 – September 24, 2023

Peter Pincus presents recent work derived from ancient vessel making, along with a selection of his colorful, signature pieces cast in porcelain. 

GALLERY TALK: Friday, September 8, 6:00 PM
Exhibition on view through September 24, 2023
Free // All Welcome

Snyder Van Halen
June 2, 2023 – August 6, 2023

William Snyder's enthusiasm for photographing live music over the years has led to an impressive collection of images, capturing iconic performers from David Bowie to Amy Winehouse, from KISS on their first North American tour, to recent appearances by artists like Eddie Vedder, Joan Jett, and PINK. This show highlights some of the best shots from his almost 50-year career in photojournalism. 

Rochester Prep High School Art Show
May 25, 2023 – May 28, 2023

One weekend only! Students from Rochester Prep High School present artwork in a variety of media.

May 18, 2023 – May 21, 2023

One Weekend Only! Rochester City School District students come together to share photographs created in the Virtual Academy of Rochester's Intro to Digital Photography dual-credit course with RIT.

Opening Reception Thursday, May 18, 5-7 PM

MFA Shows 2023
April 7, 2023 – May 13, 2023

Graduate students in the Schools of Art and American Crafts present their thesis exhibitions in various media in two locations: City Art Space (downtown Rochester) and Bevier Gallery (RIT Campus). 2 of the 3 separate shows occur back-to-back at RIT City Art Space. 

Image from Melissa Warp's THIS LAND
March 3, 2023 – March 26, 2023

Near my upstate New York home and in my travels, I observe how landscapes have been transformed over time – particularly those on the fringes of cities. Most notably, I see small farms that sit on land that has now become too expensive for one family to own. In turn these farms are often swallowed up by developments or mono-crop agriculture. Our food continues to come to our tables from further away than it once did while we lose any lasting connections to its source. This Land illuminates the connections between various aspects of this common story.

Smug Dream image by Daniel Witkowski
March 3, 2023 – March 26, 2023

"A child of this city, Daniel Witkowski drew a line around Center City and said, 'Okay, here's the place, now let's see what is here.' This is a love letter to Rochester, and not the sprawling lawns of East Ave or the vistas from Cobb's Hill or the beach scenes of Charlotte. This is a love letter sent from the very heart of the city."