Every year we take note of art venues that open and close. We also pay attention to venues that move or transform in one way or another. Below you’ll find a summary of the changes we noticed. If you know of other venues that have gone through some sort of change in 2020, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are absolutely certain this list is incomplete.
2020 was a year unlike no other. Many, if not most art venues are still on hiatus due to the pandemic. We tried to track more lasting changes (openings and closings, relocations and reorganizations) as they happened in 2020. Even now - some ten months into the pandemic - we still don't know the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on arts venues. Here is what we know so far about what happened in 2020:
540 West Main MOVED to 36 King Street in 2020
Artisans Annex NEW in 2020.
Artisans Annex was founded in 2020 by the staff of ReHouse Architectural Salvage. Prior to the opening of Artisans Annex, ReHouse had previously hosted several events meant to inspire and exhibit creativity, and wanted to expand these opportunities to local artists and makers.
King Street Collective NEW in 2020.
King Street Collective is a collective of artists and designers inspired by female leaders throughout history, and empowered to carry on their legacy of progressivism and innovation through creative expression.
Baobab Cultural Center CLOSED in 2020
The Black House NEW in 2020
The Black House's vision is to center Black American womxn and their history, art and contemporary culture.
Create Art For Good MOVED to The Piano Works Complex at 349 W Commercial St (Studio 2200) in East Rochester in 2020
Gallery284 NEW in 2020
Gallery284 is a pop-up art and event gallery that hosts temporary exhibits and events that run for a limited amount of time – days, weeks or months. Gallery284 provides artists and creative’s an ala carte approach to promoting their work in a premier, secure and desirable retail location.
The Gallery Lounge in Palmyra OPENED and then CLOSED in 2020
Rochester Art Collectors is alive and well even if the organization is operating at a very low level of activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 13, 2020 Rochester Art Collectors halted all its programs through the spring and most of the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, we were very disappointed to postpone the launch of our new fantasy art collecting social media game, The Red Dot Challenge. (More on The Red Dot Challenge below.) Since March we have promoted just two Rochester Art Collectors programs.
In August, during a lull in the pandemic, we co-sponsored and helped to promote the very first Pittsford Art Walk event. Five commercial galleries located in the Village of Pittsford organized an indoor/outdoor festival highlighting their galleries and celebrating their artists. Galleries moved some the art work they were promoting onto the the sidewalks and under tents. Hundreds of people swarmed up and down the streets of the Village that week in August. The event was a big success. As a result, we suspect there will be more Pittsford Art Walk events in the future.
The pandemic numbers remained very low in the early part of the fall. So, in late in October we organized a program with Deborah Ronnen Fine Art and R1 Studios to offer collectors a chance to experience their pop-up exhibit, KOTA EZAWA: Taking a Knee. Unlike the Pittsford Art Walk program we had a very limited number of timed tickets in order to keep our participants safe.
Luckily, Rochester Art Collectors has a very low operating budget. We are an all-volunteer group. So, as disappointing as our pandemic pause has been, staying viable hasn't been a heavy lift. You might ask, "What's next?"
Rochester Art Collectors will slowly emerge over time to provide programs as the pandemic wanes. We will do so with careful consideration and with the most appropriate safeguards until society is out of peril.
A principle element of our fantasy art collecting game, The Red Dot Challenge, involves in-person visits to venues that present art for sale. As a result, The Red Dot Challenge, too will have to wait until the pandemic passes.
Unfortunately, we do not know exactly when we can begin to schedule programs or when we can launch The Red Dot Challenge. Rest assured, however, we WILL return and our programs WILL reappear. Stay tuned!
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