Annual Meeting

2019 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 2019, announce ambitions for 2020 and beyond, and celebrate those who made it all possible.

Please RSVP to Kalianne Morrison, Finance & Development Manager at kmorrison@rochesterartcenter.org or call 507-282-8629 to reserve your spot with one of our awesome Visitor Experience Associates.

Opening Receptions: Sophia Chai & Jessalyn Finch

Join us from 6 – 8pm on Friday, January 24th for the opening of two new ROOTED exhibitions: Sight Lines by Sophia Chai and Jessalyn Finch’s Shadow Form, The Human Body’s Secret Life. Each artist will discuss their artwork in their galleries starting at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. Let us know you’re coming by registering on the Eventbrite Page Here.


Shaft Composition #4, Archival Inkjet Print, 40×50 inches, 2019

Sophia Chai | Sight Lines

Sight Lines will be comprised of 7 new large photographs, all from 2019 and other elements, presented within an installation that echoes my studio practice with which the photographs are made. All the photographs in the exhibition were made during my studio residency at Threshold Arts at Castle Community, right here in Rochester. In my studio space, there was an infrastructural shaft in the far right corner of the room next to the window facing north. I became interested in seeing how the multiple flat planes of the shaft would conjoin to form a three-dimensional corner and how the sunlight coming through the window would reflect off the different facades and create different shades. While I knew each plane to be a white wall, indistinguishable from the others, each plane took on a different presence upon seeing each plane in relationship to the others. While looking at this corner, I began making drawings in my notebook. It occurred to me that the interplay of the physical logic of the light and space as I know and the internal logic of the drawing on a flat piece of paper was akin to the way that we see a 3-dimensional space on a 2-dimensional viewing plane of the camera. Using these drawings as a starting composition, I painted directly on the walls. The photographs in the exhibitions are the records of those wall compositions. And the painted elements on the gallery walls are made in direct response to the architectural details in the exhibition space.

As a teenager I immigrated to the US from South Korea with my family and having to negotiate different languages and cultural barriers at that adolescent age has been a significant experience in shaping my identity. The feelings of contradiction, confusion, and ambivalence that my work can incite can be seen as a metaphor for that unsettling experience. I have always made my work out of a need to communicate what is not possible in words. What compels me to photography is the interplay, or push and pull, between what one can control vs. the incidental.

While the initial experience for the viewer of my work may be the illusory effect of the photograph, I am more interested in letting the viewer seeing the process with which how the photographs are made. Moreover, the photographs are enlarged to a size that approximates the actual scale, thus allowing all the marks of the hand to be visible and palpable.

With the most recent body of work, my attention to the often overlooked and muted details in the corner of a room has gained another layer of meaning as I approach these details as a self portrait of a sort. And the activity of looking, the primary subject matter in this exhibition, has opened up a way for me: an affirmation of life and being in this world.

Click here to learn more about the artist.

Jessalyn Finch | Shadow Form: The Human Body’s Secret Life

Shadow Form, The Human Body’s Secret Life (2020) is a collection of life-size charcoal drawings that explore the associations we have with our human body. The nude form is utilized as the physical concept of the mind’s shadow, a vessel separate from the mind itself. The work portrays life experiences and feelings that models shared with the artist about their form. These stories about the body’s function, beauty, or abilities affect both the way that we move through this world, and how we are viewed by others.

Jessalyn Finch interviewed and worked with models to create this collection of drawings. She uses posing, lighting, and contrast while minimizing direct identifiers to create an essence of how the model feels and thinks about their form without focusing on identity itself. Often deemed mysterious, the large scale of this exhibit aims to bring the human body out of the shadow of shame and censorship and into the light of discussion; highlighting the connective power of the human form. This Shadow Form is always present, expressing our history, and carrying the residue of our shared humanity.

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Life Drawing Studio

A Special Edition of Life Drawing at RAC!

6 – 8 PM

Members $8 Per Session // Non-Members $10 Per Session // REGISTER NOW

Session 1: January 29

Session 2: February 5

Session 3: February 19 (Date Night Edition!)

Hosted by local artist Jessalyn Finch, this fun, informal open-studio series is for both novice and experienced participants. A live model will be present in each session. Sign up for one, two or all three sessions, your choice! The host will bring a different focus to each of the sessions. Bring your favorite drawing or painting materials with you, or choose to borrow from our classroom materials bar.

About Your Host: Artist Jessalyn Finch will be on hand to offer tips, advice, ideas and a private tour of her current exhibit, Shadow Form: The Human Body’s Secret Life, on the 3rd floor of the Rochester Art Center.

Jessalyn Finch is a visual artist that lives and works in Rochester, MN. She has been a Figure Drawer and Printmaker for over 10 years beginning with an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her focus on the human body has transitioned from the study of movement to a more story-driven, conceptual nature. Her work has grown into life-size pieces that focus on the relationships and associations we have with our physical form.

Studio sessions will contain nude or partially nude models. Participants must be age 16+. For the safety of our models, No Photography is allowed in the life drawing studio.

Register today! Due to limited space, registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Walk-in registrations will only be accepted if there are open spots in the studio. Registration is available online, processing fees apply: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/life-drawing-studio-tickets-86178270527 Want to skip the processing fee? Register over the phone at (507) 282-8629 or stop by in person Tue – Sat 10-5, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester MN.

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Life Drawing Studio

A Special Edition of Life Drawing at RAC!

6 – 8 PM

Members $8 Per Session // Non-Members $10 Per Session // REGISTER NOW

Session 1: January 29

Session 2: February 5

Session 3: February 19 (Date Night Edition!)

Hosted by local artist Jessalyn Finch, this fun, informal open-studio series is for both novice and experienced participants. A live model will be present in each session. Sign up for one, two or all three sessions, your choice! The host will bring a different focus to each of the sessions. Bring your favorite drawing or painting materials with you, or choose to borrow from our classroom materials bar.

About Your Host: Artist Jessalyn Finch will be on hand to offer tips, advice, ideas and a private tour of her current exhibit, Shadow Form: The Human Body’s Secret Life, on the 3rd floor of the Rochester Art Center.

Jessalyn Finch is a visual artist that lives and works in Rochester, MN. She has been a Figure Drawer and Printmaker for over 10 years beginning with an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her focus on the human body has transitioned from the study of movement to a more story-driven, conceptual nature. Her work has grown into life-size pieces that focus on the relationships and associations we have with our physical form.

Studio sessions will contain nude or partially nude models. Participants must be age 16+. For the safety of our models, No Photography is allowed in the life drawing studio.

Register today! Due to limited space, registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Walk-in registrations will only be accepted if there are open spots in the studio. Registration is available online, processing fees apply: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/life-drawing-studio-tickets-86178270527 Want to skip the processing fee? Register over the phone at (507) 282-8629 or stop by in person Tue – Sat 10-5, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester MN.

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Open Mic

Rochester Art Center is pleased to announce a new open mic event, First Thursday of the month now through June 2020. Sign up at 7:00 PM. Stay connected by joining the Facebook Event Page.

Want to try out a new routine with your contact improv partner?
Sure!
Want to do your best Bob Barker impression?
Come on down!
Want to tell a story about the “the one who got away”?
We have tissues!
Want to try out a cover of an obscure song from 50 years ago?
Yeah you do!

RAC Mic Dates: Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4

RAC mic will provide a relaxed, safe space of expression for performers of various stripes. The RAC mic is open to performance artists, dancers, poets, comedians, storytellers, actors and musicians. Emerging and advanced performers are welcomed.

Censorship of performance content is adherent to two simple rules: 1. No threat, intimidation, or harassment of fellow performers or audience members. The host and/or RAC Staff reserve the right to cut you off (shut that sh*t down) or ask you to leave the event. 2. No stage hogs. Three songs or 5 – 8 minutes of content per slot is cool. Stage hogs are never cool.

Suggested age 16+. Tea and hot chocolate available! Many thanks to Pat Egan and the greater Rochester open mic community for their support.

Address: 40 Civic Center Dr. SE, next to the Mayo Civic Center. Skyway accessible through Mayo Civic Center if parking in the Civic Center Ramp. Questions? Email info@rochesterartcenter.org

Life Drawing Studio

A Special Edition of Life Drawing at RAC!

6 – 8 PM

Members $8 Per Session // Non-Members $10 Per Session // REGISTER NOW

Session 1: January 29

Session 2: February 5

Session 3: February 19 (Date Night Edition!)

Hosted by local artist Jessalyn Finch, this fun, informal open-studio series is for both novice and experienced participants. A live model will be present in each session. Sign up for one, two or all three sessions, your choice! The host will bring a different focus to each of the sessions. Bring your favorite drawing or painting materials with you, or choose to borrow from our classroom materials bar.

About Your Host: Artist Jessalyn Finch will be on hand to offer tips, advice, ideas and a private tour of her current exhibit, Shadow Form: The Human Body’s Secret Life, on the 3rd floor of the Rochester Art Center.

Jessalyn Finch is a visual artist that lives and works in Rochester, MN. She has been a Figure Drawer and Printmaker for over 10 years beginning with an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her focus on the human body has transitioned from the study of movement to a more story-driven, conceptual nature. Her work has grown into life-size pieces that focus on the relationships and associations we have with our physical form.

Studio sessions will contain nude or partially nude models. Participants must be age 16+. For the safety of our models, No Photography is allowed in the life drawing studio.

Register today! Due to limited space, registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Walk-in registrations will only be accepted if there are open spots in the studio. Registration is available online, processing fees apply: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/life-drawing-studio-tickets-86178270527 Want to skip the processing fee? Register over the phone at (507) 282-8629 or stop by in person Tue – Sat 10-5, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester MN.

Stay connected by joining the Facebook Event Page.