Workshop: How Many Maps Can You Make?

How Many Maps Can You Make?

Single 2 Hour Workshop:

The Rochester Art Center building presents a beautiful space to view both artwork and the surrounding landscape, but also presents several important problems. Using both Eamon O’Kane’s map-based works and the playful spirit of the Froebel Studio as inspiration, we will respond to a series of prompts that will challenge us to map and re-map the space of the art center. Our goal will be to both analyze and deconstruct the space of RAC, and to consider larger questions about how place and space are represented. One session

Materials: Basic drawing materials and paper will be provided. No drawing experience necessary.

1 Session: Thurs, April 26, 6-8pm

$10 per person; Please call 507-282-8629 or stop by our front desk to make your payment.

Workshops Instructor: Matthew Winkler’s works in drawing, collage, painting and sculpture explore the abstraction and representation of landscape space. He is a current year recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and lives in Pine Island, MN.

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RAC on the Road

Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, April 27, 2018 / 11:00AM – 1:00PM / Three Links-Silver Lake Park

  • FREE Food, Trees, & Giveaways
  • Live Music & Family Activities
  • Poster Contest Winners Awarded
  • More Information:

Participants: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Olmsted County Environmental Resources, Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District, Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester Art Center, Rochester Public Library, Rochester Public Works, Saint Mary’s University-Cascade Meadow, Zumbro Valley Audubon

2018 Arbor Day Flyer

Litter Bit Better

Join us for A Litter Bit Better Saturday, April 28th as we clean up the park behind the Art Center! Thanks to Starbucks we will be able to provide coffee for participants! Everyone is welcome.

Artist Talk: Chris Larson & Jordan Rosenow

Join us for an artist talk with Chris Larson & Jordan Rosenow Saturday, April 28th, 3:00PM – 5:00PM. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Jordan Rosenow has worked as Chris Larson’s studio assistant for four years and they will share their experience of developing a working relationship between artist/assistant, discussing their work, mentorship, art criticism and their joint publication INREVIEW,

Chris Larson & Jordan Rosenow: The Space Of A Line

Jordan Rosenow: Amid Structure

Register for this free event on this page by clicking “Get Tickets” or visit the Eventbrite page:

Annual Meeting & Member Celebration

In recognition of the generous support of our valued members, donors, and volunteers, please join us as we reflect on our accomplishments in 2017, announce our ambitions for 2018 & beyond, and celebrate those who made it all possible.

More details will be announced soon!

Free Family Day

Life is what you make it – and so is art! Join Rochester Art Center staff on May 5th from 1 – 4 PM as we explore perception and build our artistic community by collaborating on a new mural for our classroom space. Everyone who participates will be given a two dimensional cube (take our word for it) to decorate and display, and another to decorate and take home to start their own mural with family and friends.

Pre-registration is not required for this event but if you want to skip the check-in line, you can register online here. The schedule for Free Family Day is open, you can come anytime between 1 – 4! Free parking is available on the street and in the Civic Center ramp.

For further information regarding Free Family Days, please contact our information desk via phone at 507-282-8629 or email at

Date, time and location subject to change.

Since 2004, children and families have taken part in one of Rochester Art Center’s most popular and exciting programs, Free Family Day. The first Saturday of each month, admission to Rochester Art Center is free for everyone. Guests are invited to create original art pieces in the studio classroom, our Grand Lobby and occasionally off-site with a collaborative partner.

Parent Artist Gather: Katya Roberts


Rochester Art Center will host monthly gatherings as a way to realize the goals of artist parent Eamon O’Kane’s child oriented interactive art installation, Froebel’s Studio: Institute of Creativity. May’s gathering will feature a discussion with parent artist Katya Roberts.

Artist Statement

Katya Roberts is a Ukrainian born artist living in Rochester, MN.  In and through her work, Katya Roberts explores the intangible concepts of the human condition (such as the passage of time and its effects on perspective), as they relate to the geological forces at play in the earth.  She creates two-dimensional and three-dimensional works with an ethereal quality.  In 2017, Katya Roberts founded the Mayo Family Connections Artist Group and became a summer artist in residence at the Rochester Art Center’s Total Arts Day Camp.  She had a winning proposal for an aluminum sculpture titled “Unbroken” as part of the Art4Trails public art series.  Recently, Katya Roberts’ installation “Transient Horizons” was on view at the Rochester Art Center as a part of the Southeastern Minnesota juried exhibition titled Locavore.

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