Press


Affording the arts


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | July 19, 2017

Donald Trump's 2018 fiscal budget proposal for the federal government, which was announced in May, notably aims to slash funding for Medicaid, the EPA, food stamp programs, scientific research, and cultural agencies. Of the 66 programs up to be eliminated or cut, the ones that allocate funding for arts and culture are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more.


Local filmmaker shares experience of violence


By WHAM | 13WHAM News | May 28, 2017

A local rape survivor shared her story of healing Saturday night, in hopes it would help other victims of violence. 35 years ago, Nicholle La Vann was raped and gave birth to a baby girl. Despite the traumatic experience, she went back to school where she became interested in photography and film making. Read more.


Film explores impact of when a rape results in motherhood


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | May 24, 2017

For all of our debates over the right for women to terminate unwanted pregnancies, there's less conversation about women who decide to keep children conceived through rape. Filmmaker and Flower City Arts Center Artist-In-Residence Nicholle La Vann is creating a documentary about her own assault and her broken relationship with her daughter, in the effort to continue her process of healing. By speaking out, she hopes to start important discussions and embolden other women who have had similar experiences. Read more.


Mitch Goldstein's push on Twitter, Instagram, now an exhibition


By Robin Flanigan | Demorcat & Chronicle | April 7, 2017

Megan Charland had been following graphic design artist Mitch Goldstein on Twitter, and regularly listened to the podcast he co-hosts about graphic design education and practice. When Goldstein, who teaches at Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Arts & Sciences, announced last year he was starting an Instagram account to experiment with photographic images made without a camera, she started following him there. Read more.


Flower City Arts Center welcomes Mitch Goldstein


By Cynthia Benjamin | Democrat & Chronichle | March 2017

Mitch Goldstein experiments with photograms, photographic images made without a camera. Watch the video.


The creative dissent of Stephanie Mercedes


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | March 8, 2017

When we think of individual artists, most come with the association of a specific chosen medium. A smaller number of creatives, like Argentinian-American Stephanie Mercedes, float from one material to the next, each new body of work determined by the message they want to get across. Mercedes's work includes a unique aspect: she folds law and dissent into her artistic practice. Read more.


Arts organizations rally to stop federal funding cuts


By Lori Gable | Rochester Business Journal | February 7, 2017

Local arts organizations that count on federal funding are rallying support through a social media campaign. The Flower City Arts Center, formerly the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, is taking to Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc., LinkedIn Corp. and Instagram social media to ask people to share stories of how the National Endowment for the Arts has made a difference in their lives. It is using #myNEAstory to raise awareness of how art matters and what communities stand to lose if they lose funding. Read more.


Youth art gets boost thanks to grant


By Robin L. Flanigan | Democrat & Chronicle | January 30, 2017

The more barren and lifeless the subject, the more attractive it is to Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy eighth-grader Alihana Hardy, a student in the Flower City Arts Center’s Studio 678 Urban Youth Photography Project. “I like dying grass and torn-down buildings, and I know that sounds weird,” says the 13-year-old. “But photography can give things different words, you just have to give it time. Art can take something ugly and make it beautiful. You have to look deeper than the surface.” Read more.


Ceramic show highlights 'Good Things in small packages'


By Caurie Putnam | Democrat & Chronicle | December 2, 2016

Good things not only can come in small packages, but also can be small packages. To see for yourself, head to the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education now through Dec. 17 to see its exhibit "Good Things … come in small packages." Read more.


Back to darkroom basics with 'Under Safelight'


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | November 30, 2016

There's much to be said about the disappearing scientific element of making art and the stalwart enthusiasts keeping it alive. Chemistry and creativity have strolled hand-in-hand throughout human history, but just as the majority of painters stopped grinding their own minerals when they could buy any ready-made hue, most photographers' understanding of chemistry and calculations faded with the onset of digital tech. Read more.


Flower City Pottery Invitational fills the weekend


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | October 14, 2016

The second annual Flower City Pottery Invitational, hosted by the Flower City Arts Center, kicked off Thursday morning with (many sold out) classes offered by some of the exhibiting artists. The event, which last year drew nearly 1,000 visitors to the center, continues through Sunday, October 16, with an opening reception Friday, October 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and with artist demos and talks throughout the weekend. Read more.


Flower City Pottery Invitational starts Oct. 14


By Robin L. Flanigan | Democrat & Chronicle | October 7, 2016

Twenty-one premier ceramic artists from nine states and Canada are showcasing high-end, contemporary clay pieces at the Flower City Arts Center’s Flower City Pottery Invitational. The show and sale includes an artist reception, pottery exhibitions, workshops and talks. Last fall’s event drew about 1,000 people. Read more.


'Good Hair' exhibit unravels identity and politics


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | August 17, 2016

Although her primary training is in art bookmaking, recent Flower City Arts Center resident artist Amanda Chestnut has branched out to a variety of media to hit her points in her most recent body of work. Her compact show, "Good Hair," includes photographic and letterpress prints, mixed media art books, and other objects, and treads the waters of long-standing social and political conflicts that are ever-frequently shouted about in today's media and online chatter. Read more.


Artist residencies give space to focus and create


By Amanda Chestnut | Democrat & Chronicle | July 23,2016

In my career as an artist, a constant that has helped me develop my work, learn new techniques, and make connections for exhibits is artist residencies.

I am currently preparing for an exhibit that will culminate my 2015-2016 residency at Flower City Arts Center (GCAE).

Good Hair will open on Aug. 5 along with Domestic Digest by artists-in-residence Ian Park and Kelly Justice. As this residency draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on how important residencies are to artists. Read more.


College Collective show opens Friday


By Robin L. Flanigan | Democrat & Chronicle | June 14, 2016

All four gallery spaces at the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education will be dedicated to exhibits of photography, ceramics and book arts for College Collective, a national juried show featuring current college students and alumni within two years of graduation.

Fifty-five emerging artists from 42 colleges in 22 states are participating in the show, opening Friday. Read more.


ART | "A Possible Result of Wanderlust"


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | March 23, 2016

Six years ago, artist Lynne Hobaica was a resident artist in the ceramics program at Flower City Arts Center's Fire House Gallery (713 Monroe Avenue). After relocating to four different cities across two continents, Hobaica is back at Flower City Arts Center as the ceramics studio manager. In her new body of work, "A Possible Result of Wanderlust," currently featured in the center's Firehouse Gallery, she reflects on her journeys and the dynamics of human relationships. Read more.


Beyond the selfie at Wilson academy


By Erica Bryant | Democrat & Chronicle | March 16, 2016

You might have seen the little man peeking around the corner at the Memorial Art Gallery. Emani Rogers, age 12, wrote a poem about him. "Little Man in a little life waiting for something good to arrive," it begins. She is part of Studio 678, the Flower City Arts Center's photography club for students at Wilson Foundation Academy. Read more.


Woman to Watch: Megan Charland


By Leah Shaw | Democrat & Chronicle | January 04, 2016

As the new communications coordinator at the Flower City Arts Center, Megan Charland is doing what she loves: inspiring the community in visual arts. Read more.


In a migrant world, images capture unexpected bonds


By Todd Clausen | Democrat & Chronicle | November 04, 2015

Through a camera lens, Ed Stone documents what life is like on many local farms. ... Stone has been capturing photographs of work life on the farms through a 13-week photography course offered at the Flower City Arts Center in Rochester. The Social Reportage course doesn’t teach photographers new skills, but instead immerses them in various experiences. Read more.


Social Reportage exhibit focuses on harvest workers


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | November 03, 2015

"Farm to Table: Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers" includes about 40 images by seven photographers, ranging from teen to retired, who participated in Thaler's third Social Reportage course. Images in the show reveal the proud faces of the harvesters, their work-worn hands, the kinds of produce they handle, the tools and machines involved in the harvest, livestock, and the orchard, farm, or farm stand environments. Read more.


Woman to Watch: Lynne Hobaica


By Leah Shaw | Democrat & Chronicle | October 19, 2015

Lynne Hobaica couldn't be happier in a career choice that has led her to Rochester. As the new ceramics studio manager at Flower City Arts Center, she teaches three classes — two drawing-related, and one wheel throwing course. She completed her residency at the center in 2011 and came back just a few months ago. Read more.


Flower City Pottery Invitational: A new clay exhibition and market


By Rachel DeGuzman | Democrat & Chronicle | September 24, 2015

Upstate New York cultural and educational institutions were pivotal to the emergence of the post-industrial American ceramics movement in the 20th century. Today, Rochester is still located in the center of a clay mecca with renowned ceramics programs at Alfred University and the School for American Crafts at RIT as well as strong clay programs in both Syracuse and Buffalo. With events like the launch of the upcoming Flower City Pottery Invitational (FCPI) at Genesee Center for the Arts and Education – the region strengthens its relevance to the field and industry in the 21st century. Read more.


The Show on Monroe highlights eclectic offerings


By Meaghan M. McDermott | Democrat & Chronicle | May 30, 2015

When artist Rebecca Lomuto's friends from Brooklyn visit and check out the space at the Flower City Arts Center for the Arts on Monroe Avenue, they can't hide their jealousy. Read more.


Rochester's Refugees


By Rebecca Rafferty | City Newspaper | December 31, 2014

There's a lot of talk of "two Rochesters" — cities divided by the different experiences of the haves and have-nots — but we might argue that there are as many Rochesters as there are people who live here. Some of these Rochesters remain obscure to others; while some of them expand as they come into contact with one another, swelling to include other versions. The current photo exhibit at Flower City Arts Center's Community Darkroom explores Rochester's refugee population, depicted through the earnest lenses of some citizens who seek to spotlight what is relatively invisible. Read more.