Our facilities are available for the established artist to the dabbler. Current students may access studio hours as part of their class. Members of Flower City Arts Center may rent studio hours at varying rates depending on program area. Members must be at the Individual level or above to access our facilities.

Photography & Digital Arts

Call 585-271-5920 for more information on membership and rental rates. Once you are authorized to use the facilities you may reserve time online: photo.rochesterarts.org/reservations

Members must be at the Individual level or above to access our facilities.

The Photo Shop

The Photo Shop is a retail space devoted to promoting the collection of photographic artwork by selling prints, photobooks, and zines by local artists. With prices ranging from $15-$450 we have something for everyone!

The Photo Shop is located on the second floor of Flower City Arts Center in the Photography & Digital Arts department and is open to the public: Monday-Wednesday 10am-5pm; Thursday 10am-9:30pm; and Friday-Saturday NOON to 5pm. Closed on Sundays.

Silver Den

Silver Den is our alternative process space! In this space you can create: cyanotypes, kallitypes, tintypes, and more!

We have two exposure units: NuArc's 26-1KS PLC Metal-Halide Platemaker (max. exposure area 23” x 27”) and a AmerGraph EU-1218 Exposure Unit "the suitcase" (max. exposure area 12" x 18")

Hourly Access: $6/hr rental rate. One hour orientation ($25) required of all new users. Members must be at Individual level or above to access facilities.

Use of Dan's Room is an additional $15/hr for solo use, or Goldee's Darkroom is a single darkroom available for an additional $6/hr.

Space also includes light tables for negative viewing and print drying racks.

Visit our website to register for upcoming alternative process classes: www.rochesterarts.org/classes/

Lighting Studio

756 Square Feet Studio

4 White Lightning X1600 strobes

6 Lowel tungsten lamps

Bogen Backdrop System including black, white, and grey paper backdrops

Track background system including three 20' cloth backdrops in a modeled gray, modeled yellow/orange, and modeled blue

Minolta IVF Light Meter, various umbrellas, soft boxes, diffusion screens, grids, meters, sync cords, and tripods.

Lighting Studio Rental: $20/hr rental rate. One hour orientation ($25) required of all new users. Members must be at Individual level or above to access facilities.

Monthly 24/7 Key Access: $200/month.

Photography Gallery (Sunken Room)

The Photography Gallery exhibits 5-7 exhibitions per year showcasing photo-based works from local and regional artists. A truly flexible space, the Sunken Room is also used as a classroom and event space.

Community Darkroom

Process film from 35mm to 4x5 inches.

Plastic or stainless steel reeled and 1-8 reel tanks.

Heated film drying cabinet.

Prints (either RC or fiber) up to 16 × 20 inches

Two large group room; one private room

16 enlargers (condenser and cold light), Omega D5, Beseler 23C, Schneider or Nikon lenses, focusers, multi-grade filters, 4 bladed easels, and burning and dodging tools.

Chemicals provided. Bring your own photo paper and compressed air.

Darkroom Club: photo.rochesterarts.org/darkroom-club

Hourly Access: $6/hr rental rate. One hour orientation ($25) required of all new users. Members must be at Individual level or above to access facilities.

PLEASE NOTE: hourly access rate for Dan's Room is $15/hr for solo use. This option is only available for those working with larger fiber prints, special chemistry, or as an add-on to the Silver Den. See staff for details.

Monthly Access: $65/month or $180/3 months. (Unlimited reservations during our open business hours.)

Monthly 24/7 Key Access: $85/month.

Chemistry included for film processing or up to 8x10 trays.

$5 chemical fee for 11x14 trays.

$10 chemical fee for 16x20 trays.

Digital Art Studio

Our Digital Art Studio is outfitted with 12 iMac computers, Adobe CS6 (Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Illustrator), Lightroom 6, Final Cut Studio V3, Epson V600 scanners, an Epson 4870 scanner for up to 4”x5” film, an Epson GT-20000 scanner for 11”x17” prints, an Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer, and a Riso SF9450 digital duplicator.

Digital Art Studio Access: $8/hr rental rate. One hour orientation ($25) required of all new users. Printing is not included in studio rental - see below for rates. Members must be at Individual level or above to access facilities.

Monthly Access: $60/month (unlimited reservations during our open business hours.)

Riso Pass: $40/month. See staff for details.

DIY Printing Rates*
Epson: $0.10/square inch. Example: 8"x10" print costs $8. Up to 13"x19" in paper size.

Riso: $0.35 per impression** ($0.25 for Riso Pass holders) and $2 per master. Up to 11"x17" in paper size.

*Member supplies their own paper for Epson & Riso
**Pricing is calculated by the number of times the paper goes through the Riso. For example: 10 copies of a 3-color print would require 30 impressions.


24-hour studio access and shelf space is available to Individual level (and above) members for $70/month with an initial $50 security deposit. Looking for short-term use? Hourly rental is available to Individual level members and above for $8/hr.

Youth Policy: A parent and child under 6: $10/hr. Parent and child 6-12: $15/hr. Children 13+ must pay the $8/hr fee along with the supervising adult. No one under 16 is allowed in the studio unaccompanied.


Gas-fired kiln, capacity 48 cubic feet, four large electric kilns (Bailey, Crusader and Econo). Bisque and Lowfire: $1.75/pound. Δ6 & Δ10: $2/pound.

Firehouse Gallery

Located in an 1895 fire station, the Firehouse Gallery shows contemporary ceramic work. Approximately 8 shows a year featuring local,regional and national artists. The primary focus is functional or sculptural ceramics, as well as mixed media.

Glaze Room

We offer a wide range of glazes, providing colors for both cone 10 and cone 6. We also have a great resource library in our glaze room with many books covering history, techniques, and contemporary ceramics. It's a great spot to browse when looking for inspirations or questions that need answers.


We have two wheel throwing classrooms. There are 20 electric wheels divided between those two rooms as well as one kickwheel.

Printmaking & Book Arts

Access to the Printmaking & Book Arts facilities varies depending on your particular discipline. Please call the Printmaking & Book Arts Program at (585) 244-9312 to schedule an orientation or to hear about different access options. You must be certified to use the equipment through tutoring or classwork.


This 700 sq.ft. studio boasts 14’ ceilings as well as large windows on the north and east walls for plenty of natural light. Our current press line-up includes a 22 x 42 Charles Brand, a 27 x 48 Wright Combo press (intaglio/litho), an 11 x 14 intaglio press formerly owned by Robert Marx, as well as a 30 x 50 Conrad press.


Our ever-expanding studio space includes: 5 Vandercook presses (in showcard, proofing, and poster sizes), a 10x15 Heidelberg windmill press, galley proof press, offset proof press, several table top presses — Kelsey, Chandler & Price, No.14 Pearl treadle platen press, and a guillotine paper cutter. We also have over 600 drawers of type, an expansive wood type collection with 233 fonts, and all accessories you'll need to complete your next project.

Metal Type Specimen Book [PDF]


Why mess up the kitchen? Use the paper lab for your special project. We have a very extensive paper making lab with an industrial beater, a selection of moulds, and a couching area, hydraulic press, and supplies for marbling. Leases start at $50 per month for unlimited access plus the use of all the equipment.

Screen Printing

The studio contains one 4-color printing station and two 1-color screen printing stations. Dark room and wash out area available for photo emulsion exposure. Drying racks, squeegees and ink provided.