Durkish Delights

In 2020, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts commissioned Mike Durkee to paint a large mural in the main entrance of the Rochester Community Center. The purpose of the design is to incorporate a diverse group of people with a theme centered around community.

Mike Durkee is a graphic and mural artist living and working out of his home studio in Alton, NH. He is originally from Massachusetts and studied fine arts at Chester College. His works have been previously exhibited at Ello Gallery, Oak and Iron Gallery, Monastery Artists Gallery, and Wrong Brain Studios.

“The RMFA is special to me because it is such a hidden gem. From the art to the curators themselves, the vibe of this place is so welcoming and fun. I’m so excited to share art in this space,” said Durkee. “Art should be accessible to all and I want people to feel welcomed as soon as they enter the Community Center. My goal is to spark people’s curiosity and draw them in to experience all the art Rochester has to offer. There’s a lot of heart in the RMFA and I feel truly blessed to be a part of their vision. Huge thanks to Matt and Amy for this opportunity!”

The project was sponsored by the Department of Economic Development for the City of Rochester and Rochester Main Street.

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