Rochester's contemporary art community is hoping to get residents to East Avenue and Main Street to check out more than two dozen art projects.
The art exhibit, "Current Seen," will include 16 different venues with 24 different art projects along a two-mile stretch in downtown Rochester. Local and national artists are using sculptures, murals, public art and visual art to address city challenges and perspectives.
"The idea is to bring together new curatorial voices and new artworks downtown, specifically along East Avenue and Main Street to really engage the public in exploring downtown Rochester through visual arts and moving audiences east to west and west to east,” said Bleu Cease, Executive Director at Rochester Contemporary Art Center.
“The whole project is dedicated to supporting the regional art community here and helping new artists and young artists and new curators put forth projects and engage with the public,” Cease said. “Artists are addressing many, many issues and using different media to do so, so it is really, really important."
Some of the projects are proposed public art projects.
"Yes, for our premier exhibition we held an open call for public art and they were just proposals and the curatives all had to have a connection to Rochester in one way or another,” said Hannah Lighbody, a curator and art administrator. “We got an exceptional collection of proposals and I am really excited."
The art exhibit runs October 4 through November 17.