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Current & Upcoming Exhibitions


May 12, 2021 11:00-July 3, 2022 16:00
Counterspaces is a collective healing project for Rochester community members who have been impacted by the existing and increasing acts of racialized violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

He(ART) and Soul: Art created in the pandemic

November 24, 2021-June 26, 2022
This solo exhibition explores a variety of individual and collective experiences and emotions within the context of a global pandemic through mixed-media sculptures and textile art. From the standpoint of a parent, the artist recalls conversations with their children about safety and change.

Poetry Despite/Music Despite

April 6, 2022 11:00-August 7, 2022 16:00
"Poetry Despite/Music Despite (Eternal War Requiem)" connects artists across time and place, from World War I to the “Global War on Terror,” from the US to Iraq.

Walk With Us

May 14, 2022 11:00-October 3, 2022 16:00
When walking becomes an intentional activity, i.e., something more than utilitarian movement, worlds open up. Artists and creative thinkers have been aware of this keyway into creativity for centuries, and so there is a deep history of writers, visual artists, scientists, philosophers and other creative thinkers engaged in this practice.

Programs at the Center

Free with admission

Drop-In Tour

May 21, 2022 13:00
Enjoy an in-person, guided tour of the Rochester Art Center and find out about the museum’s local history, stunning architectural design, and current exhibitions. Tours last approximately 40 minutes. Free with admission.

Virtual Book Club

May 22, 2022 11:00
Unstillness is a book by artist John Schuerman of quiet walks through the chaotic year from spring of 2020 to spring of 2021. As we were changing for better and worse, Schuerman walked, observed, and reported back.

Embroidery Workshop 1

May 22, 2022 13:00
Taught by Stena Lieb, a Visual Arts Educator and participant in The Embroidery Project, this workshop will offer step-by-step guidance using a variety of embroidery stitches. See where your stitches take you as a beginner or advance your embroidery skills on a cotton dish towel.

Come to The Center for Art & Creative Culture

Rochester Art Center is unique in its mission to make art active rather than passive, to inform and invigorate those who participate. Join us!

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Art can stimulate both the emotions and the intellect. It can inform and inspire. Commune with creativity and find your center.

Come for world-class exhibitions and dynamic interactive programs, and discover welcoming and diverse opportunities that encourage questioning, creativity, and critical thinking.


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30 Civic Center Drive SE, STE 120 | Rochester, MN 55904

From Highway 52 – North or South: Take the 2nd St SW exit / Go East / Continue East on 2nd Street until it “Ts” at Civic Center Drive

From Highway 63 (Broadway)
From the North: Turn left onto 2nd Street SE, Go East / Continue East on 2nd Street until it “Ts” at Civic Center Drive.

From the South: Turn right onto 2nd Street SE / Go East / Continue East on 2nd Street until it “Ts” at Civic Center Drive


Bike racks are available on Riverview Plaza in front of the Art Center.






Wednesday – Sunday

11:00 am – 4:00 pm


FREE after 3pm, FREE on weekends and FREE when parking for under an hour. The ramp entrance is located on 1st Avenue, west of Civic Center Drive, attached to the Rochester Public Library. Handicap parking is available in front of the Mayo Civic Center.

Metered parking is available on city streets near the Art Center. Meters are FREE after 5pm on weekdays, FREE all-day Saturdays and Sundays, and FREE on major Holidays unless otherwise listed.


We are fully wheelchair and stroller accessible. Handicapped parking is available in front of the Mayo Civic Center. Service animals are welcome.

Art Center staff will be happy to assist you upon arrival or make special arrangements. Please call us at 507-722-2552. 

Funding for the many programs presented by Rochester Art Center comes from a wide variety of sources: Foundations, Governments, Small Businesses, Corporations, and Individuals. Their support provides Rochester Art Center the opportunities to offer the community with
exemplary exhibitions | stimulating art education and public programs | engaging community-oriented collaborations | unforgettable special events

Rochester Art Center gratefully acknowledges all of our donors for their generous support. Please click here to see a more complete list.


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30 Civic Center Drive SE, STE 120
Rochester, MN 55904