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Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony depicted having tea and discussing equal rights for all Americans. Sculptures and other forms of public art abound in our city.
Our sculptures and even some of our graffiti serve to enhance our community.
Public Art
  Rochester Artist Shawn Dunwoody

 Local artist and City Youth Services graffiti project manager Shawn Dunwoody discussed his experiences representing Rochester during Krakow City Days, in Cracow, Poland as part of our Sister Cities celebration. The presentation took place September 11, 20113 at the Skalny Welcome Center, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York and was extremely informative.

   Krakow and other European cities have a major problem because chemical products used to remove graffiti from centuries-old iconic buildings are too caustic. Shawn was able to communicate to participants at the graffiti removal conference in Poland that there is another solution. Shawn pointed out that the problem is more of a vandalism problem and not solely a graffiti problem. Cities like Rochester have provided places where graffiti artists are able to showcase their art, resulting in reduced vandalism and increased neighborhood pride and beautification. The Europeans were very receptive to this idea and are considering doing the same in their respective cities.

   Kudos to Shawn and his talented group of artists for their accomplishments. This subject will be further investigated this summer.
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Public Art Abounds
Sculpture Gallery
George Eastman at the University of Rochester
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester,
 500 University Ave, Rochester NY
​Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
 500 University Ave, Rochester NY 
Frederick Douglass at Highland Park
Joe Altobelli at Frontier Field
​Public art enhances our lives.
​The Doors
East Main and Scio Streets, near the Eastman School of Music
On Pitkin Street near he Inner Loop
On Greenleaf Street near Atlantic
Sculpture at the Strong Museum of Play
Parking Lot near Village Gate
Poetic Wallkway along University and Goodman at the University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery
Monroe Ave
City Projects    

Panel 2: Always Know Your Neighbor 

Early Farming and Canal

The Erie Canal followed the course now used by the 490 East Expressway. It formed the northern and eastern borders of the neighborhood. The panel portrays the area's growing importance as a gateway, a link in historic passages and progres
Visit the artist's web site for a description of this panel.
Visit the artist's website for a description of this panel.
Visit Maria Fiske's website for details.
Swillburg Historic Mural Project
Location: Pembroke Street, Rochester NY
Artist: Maria Friske (Visit her website.)

The Art & History Project was funded by a grant through the Arts and Cultural Council’s Culture Builds Communities Grants Program. It was conceived by the Swillburg Neighborhood Association as a public project to depict and celebrate significant moments in the neighborhood’s history through a 5 panel structure.  

The mural reaches back over time, spanning centuries, starting with the original creation myth of the native Iroquois and extending through the early years of the Erie Canal and subway to the present day. Drawing up the archeological record, native art and myth and historical photography, each panel depicts an important period in the Swillburg area.

The pig motif, which appears in relief in each panel, serves as a unifying symbol of the state of the neighborhood, from early American homestead to its current status as an urban neighborhood in map form. Bright contrasting colors and stylized figures and images create a visually dynamic tapestry of the Swillburg neighborhood, capturing the vitality, energy and diversity of the neighborhood itself.

Everyone is raving about Mr. Prvrt and Sarah Rutherford's mural at Wilson's Hardware Store on the corner of Monroe Ave. and Canterbury Rd. 
Argentum: Double Positive installation by Jim Sanborn
The Memorial  Art Gallery has commissioned artist Jim Sanborn to make a public work of art for the area in front of the art museum's 1913 building. Argentum: Double-Positive consists of placing two projection cylinders in front of the “1913”. These cylinders are perforated with a series of texts that at night (with the aid of an internal point source light) project widely onto the facade and surrounding landscape of MAG’s “1913” building. The texts  highlight the creativity and invention that have been the core industry of the City of Rochester for decades.
Argentum: Double Positive installation by Jim Sanborn
Argentum: Double Positive installation by Jim Sanborn