In 2017, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts commissioned James Chase to cover boarded windows and alley separators in Factory Court, Wyandotte Alley, and North Main Street. The project was sponsored by the Department of Economic Development, for the City of Rochester, and Rochester Main Street.
“As we learned from the Arts & Prosperity survey, compiled by Americans for the Arts, measures the economic impact of art and cultural contributions within the community,” said Karen Pollard, Economic Development Manager. “The arts have been proven to be one of the most powerful economic engines in Rochester, we are thrilled to support public art throughout our community. We look forward to working with James on this project.”
James Chase has been featured in more than 50 art exhibitions since 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include Echoes with the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts and Kill The Lights at South Plains College in Levelland, TX.
“I am honored to have been commissioned by the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts for a public art project,” said Chase. “It says a lot when local organizations and municipalities invest in the arts. This project will hopefully further the appreciation for public art and help beautify the downtown. The opportunity to interact and give back to the community through the power of art is important to me. I truly believe art builds community.”