Street Art Rochester

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.

Mike Governale

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 street 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

Cobbs Hill Washington Grove Graffiti
Cobbs Hill Washington Grove Graffiti
Cobbs Hill Washington Grove Graffiti
Cobbs Hill Washington Grove Graffiti

South Wedge Neighborhood

public wall art south wedge
Wall Art Shining Star
public wall art garden south wedge

City of Rochester Public Market

graffiti around Rochester Public Market
street art mr prvrt
street art public market house of guitars
public wall art mermaid public market

Abandoned Aqueduct/Subway

public wall art subway tunnel graffiti
Abandoned Aqueduct Subway Rochester FUAKREW wall art
Rochester Wall Art subway aqueduct
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
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 world is yours
public wall art face
public wall art omen
street art greenleaf atlantic

Erie Canal Mural Mania

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

More personal favorites
street art

Wall Art - Joywave Album Cover
Joywave album cover
street art Frederick Douglass Library
public wall art mother nature
street art american hawk public market
High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River rock the falls
Street Art Greeting from Rochester
Street art whale

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
street art

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
street art

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.

Roc Paint Division

 

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FUA-Krew

Website From Up Above Krew, est. 1989. Check out their temporary installation going up April-June 2019 in the Memorial Art Gallery, and the current work at the George Eastman Museum.

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

FUA-Krew
Art Museum of Rochester
Art Museum of Rochester, Monroe Ave

Do you have a favorite location for street art?

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

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2 thoughts on “Street Art: Exploring Rochester’s Murals & Graffiti”

  1. @enjoy canvas, I’m thrilled you stumbled upon us! I hope you’re able to find some new places to check out around Rochester. I love being able to share new and hopefully inspiring ideas; I was also tired of the same-old Rochester stories told in the visitor guides.

  2. Admiring the commitment you put into your blog and the detailed information you offer. It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed information. Wonderful read!

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