The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts is the city's foremost visual arts organization focused on the presentation and accessibility of fine art.

Our permanent collection has been entirely donated and includes outstanding examples of contemporary works made by artists from around the world. This wide range of art, featuring over 150 pieces, encompasses a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper. 

The Carnegie Gallery at the Rochester Public Library features borrowed works on a bi-monthly basis. Each exhibit is free and open to the public. Past exhibits have featured regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists like Eric Carle, Susan Kare, Bob Gruen, Wayne White, as well as selections from the Picasso Estate Collection.

The RMFA also hosts an annual film series in the beautifully restored Rochester Opera House. The series presents independent films filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers.

Wayne White

“We Laugh at Meaning”

RMFA Permanent Collection

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Ruth Dudley-Carr ‘Ex Nihilo’

Saturday, June 7th - October 3rd, 2014

Carnegie Gallery at the Rochester Public Library

Ruth Dudley-Carr is a visual artist based in Boston, MA.  She employs photography, video, sculpture, and installation as a way to communicate about illness, human form, and the aging process.  Her work has been exhibited across the United States and is held in private and public collections.  Ruth is currently an MFA candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  

Ex Nihilo comes from the Latin phrase “out of nothing”.  The images from this show were created by placing food and household items in water and watching the process of these items blending and diluting.  Items used in this body of work include hair gel, personal lubricant, food coloring, corn syrup, sugar, and mayonnaise.  This body of work considers how items decompose or dilute over time in natural environments, much like our bodies.




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The Museum’s exhibition programming, film series, and permanent collection is determined solely by the Curatorial Committee and not by unsolicited requests.

We welcome submissions to our group shows - we ask that prior to submitting your work you consider our mission and programming in order to determine whether your submission is appropriate for the Rochester MFA.

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Jeannie Griffin-Peterka

October 4th - November 29th, 2014

Carnegie Gallery at the Rochester Public Library

“I don’t have anything in mind when I start to work except for perhaps some colors I might like to use that day. Even that is subject to change, though, as the painting continues to progress. I start by putting color on the canvas, drawing with charcoal or paint, adding layers of paint and soon something will begin to emerge. I turn the canvas constantly so that it’s worked from all directions. I only decide at the end which way it should hang.

I’m currently working with multiple panels and joining them together in the back. I like seeing the energy between the panels and the sharp line made from joining the panels. There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing one or more freshly stretched canvases hanging on my studio wall and wondering what the final painting will look like.