graffiti around Rochester abandoned subway aqueduct cover

Street Art: Exploring Rochester’s Murals & Graffiti

The term street art means different things to different people. It covers everything from traditional sanctioned or non-sanctioned graffiti to community-sponsored wall murals. Here, we interpret street art to mean any outdoor, free, public wall art. In an article on rochestersubway.com entitled “Art is All Around Us“, author Mike Governale shares,

Rochester’s streets are a hotbed of modern artistic expression. All too often we dismiss street art as thoughtless vulgarity or worthless scribble. I say it depends on the frame; and the lens.

So let’s view Rochester’s public wall art through our day-trip lens. Find these locations and more using our Google Map. Our maps are public, so feel free to edit and add locations within the Rochester area.

Locations with concentrated wall art

Below we have included just a few samples from each site. Many have 10 or more pieces that you absolutely have to see in person to fully experience and contemplate.

Washington Grove / Cobb’s Hill Water Towers

Learn more about Cobb’s Hill

Cobbs Hill Washington Grove graffiti tags

Cobbs Hill Washington Grove echos

Cobbs Hill Washington Grove graffiti owl

South Wedge Neighborhood

public wall art south wedge

public wall art garden south wedge

Rochester Wall Art Shining Star

City of Rochester Public Market

Learn more about the market

graffiti around Rochester Public Market

street art public market house of guitars

public wall art mermaid public market

street art mr prvrt

Abandoned Aqueduct/Subway

Learn more about Rochester’s aqueduct/subway

public wall art subway tunnel graffiti

Street art Rochester subway

public wall art graffiti tunnel

Legal Wall behind Village Gate

The wall is no longer legal to tag or view on property, but you can catch a legal glimpse behind Axom Gallery.

public wall art legal graffiti wall

public wall art graffiti tag legal wall village gate

Street art legal wall village gate

El Camino Trail

What I love about Day Trips Around Rochester is that it becomes as much inspiration for me as anyone! So El Camino is clearly on my list. For now, visit the El Camino website, enjoy these photos from WALL\THERAPY, then go!

Atlantic Ave/Greenleaf St

public wall art face

public wall art omen

public wall art world is yours

street art greenleaf atlantic

Erie Canal Mural Mania

Wall Art Lyons
Lyons
public wall art Port Newark mural erie canal
Newark
public wall art Macedon mural erie canal
Macedon
Mural in Brockport
Brockport

More personal favorites

Street Art Greeting from Rochester
On The Hideaway next to Parkleigh
Street art whale
near Geva
street art scio street rochester
Scio St near the Public Market
street art Frederick Douglass Library
Frederick Douglass Community Library
Perry Chalk Art Festival
Perry Chalk Art Festival (not wall art, but definitely street art!)
street art american hawk public market
Public Market
public street art Monroe County Central Library
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County

Rochester-Area Artists

As you can probably imagine, many are also fine and tattoo artists! Check out their Instagrams to see their collection beautiful work.

 

 

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Range (Victor Zarate)

 

 

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Shawn Dunwoody

 

 

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Brittany WIlliams

 

 

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Thievin’ Stephen

 

 

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Mr. Prvrt (Justin Suarez)

 

 

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Sarah C. Rutherford

 

 

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Aubrey Roemer

 

 

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Adam Fracey

 

 

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Masiori (Nate Hodge)

 

 

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Lea Yolanda

 

 

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St. Monci (Michael Moncibaiz)

 

 

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John Perry

 

 

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Todd Stahl

 

 

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Salut (Bradd Young)

 

 

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Utility boxes

Dellarious’ art is the perfect segue! I think what I love about our painted utility boxes is that they appear at intersections. While you’re driving along, you stop at a red light and take a moment out of your hectic day to enjoy a spark of art. These are just a few of my favorites.

public art utility box East Ave Robert Wegman

public art utility box GVP

public art utility box park ave

Organizations

There are many organizations that support art in Rochester, but these three in particular support street artists.

 

 

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Wall\Therapy

Website | Map of 124 locations

WALL\THERAPY is an art and community intervention project, using public murals as a means to transform the urban landscape, inspire, and build community.

WALL\THERAPY murals have transformed walls, buildings, and neighborhoods. This transformation has sparked inspiration in individuals and communities alike. The murals have become part of the local conversation, the local identity, and the fabric of the city. Local art classes and schools tour the murals as part of the curriculum. Local professionals change their route to the murals as part of their drive home. Local artists, young and old, find inspiration in the works.

 

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Roc Paint Division

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Roc Paint Division murals are inside, except for Black Lives Matter created during WALL\THERAPY in 2017 which can be seen outside the Flying Squirrel Comm Space from Troup St.

Created in the fall of 2015, Roc Paint Division’s mission is to beautify the city’s R-Centers through mural arts while providing employment and training opportunities to young developing artists.

 

 

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FUA-Krew

Website From Up Above Krew, est. 1989

celebrating over 20 years of dedication to the visual element of hip-hop that we call GRAFFITI…

Do you have a favorite location for street art? A favorite artist?

Share it with us in the comments. We’ always excited to discover more and add new information!

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Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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