Where Art Lives!

I’ve heard ARTISANworks described as a walk-through kaleidoscope, transcending, a bombardment on the senses, a 360° canvas, a space that defies all boundaries, a place that can’t be described but must be seen, surprising, inspiring, and in some instances shocking.

entrance to ARTISANworks

I enjoyed this statement from RocWiki: “It’s a great place to take out-of-town visitors, small children, sullen teenagers, or bored Rochesterians who think they’ve seen it all.”

Another fun review on their Facebook page reads, “I’ve lived in Rochester for 22 years, and today was the first time I entered the main building of the Artisan Works. It was like walking into Narnia. I think every neuron in my brain lighted up as I continued to walk around the 30,000 sq. ft. of sheer art of the highest caliber. 4 hours passed by without noticing. Positive sensory overload humbles you.”

ARTISANworks street art cover

ARTISANworks is open Friday through Sunday. Look closely and you will find original works by Picasso, Remington, Ansel Adams, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

You could have a lot of fun setting up a scavenger hunt here.

Take the Guided Tour!

ARTISANworks cars
ARTISANworks guided tour Bourbon Street
ARTISANworks Mels Diner
ARTISANworks classic car
ARTISANworks army jeep
ARTISANworks Bourbon Street
ARTISANworks casa blanca

Offered Saturdays & Sundays at 2 pm., be sure to take the guided tour of the building across the lot—including new event spaces, Casablanca and Bourbon Street, and an incredible vintage car collection.

This building is only accessible on the tour or during an event and is a must-see!

Take a look around ARTISANworks main building

These photos really only capture some of my favorite views. I’ve been dozens of times and still see new things every time.

ARTISANworks toothbrush
ARTISANworks peace
ARTISANworks sofa seating
ARTISANworks Frederick Douglass
ARTISANworks Frank Lloyd Wright
ARTISANworks lips
ARTISANworks mermaid canoe
dining room
ARTISANworks large event space
ARTISANworks yellow brick road
Ramon Santiago

An exceptional collection of Rochester’s own Ramon Santiago

The majority of art is local, with many pieces created on-site. While you are wandering, you’ll likely come across an artist-in-residence working on a new piece or exhibit.

Everyone I have met has been open to conversation and questions. This makes it truly a space “where art lives”. The studios are integrated into the museum itself.

More information about ARTISANworks

Cost: An admission fee is charged. The guided tour on Saturday & Sunday is included with admission.

Located in Rochester (get directions)

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ARTISANworks exterior art full

Where is your favorite spot inside ARTISANworks?

Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Creative Director for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY.


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    1. Thank you for reaching out Whitney! Ah, I meant free with admission. I can absolutely see how that was misleading. I’ve changed it to be more clear now. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know!

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