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

Martin Luther King Jr.
Memorial Park
at Manhattan Square

Martin Luther King Jr Park mural
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park wall art
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park wall art

South Wedge Neighborhood

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 and 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

Each year, Genesee Land Trust hosts the annual 5k @ El Camino. It’s a great opportunity to support this community trail and check out the incredible wall art along the way.

El Camino Trail Wall Therapy street art woven blanket
El Camino Trail Wall Therapy wall art fish
El Camino Trail Wall Therapy wall art face
El Camino Trail
El Camino Trail Wall Therapy wall art bold mask
El Camino Trail Wall Therapy wall art MC
El Camino Trail Wall Therapy wall art mask
El Camino Trail Wall Therapy wall art flex
El Camino Trail Wall Therapy wall art lucha
El Camino Trail Wall Therapy wall art dragon
El Camino Trail Wall Therapy wall art elephant
El Camino Trail Wall Therapy wall art bike

Atlantic Ave & Greenleaf St

the world is yours
public wall art face
public wall art omen
street art greenleaf atlantic

Fedder Industrial Park

Fedder Industrial Park
Fedder Industrial Park
Fedder Industrial Park

Erie Canal Mural Mania

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

More personal favorites
street art

Wall Art - Joywave Album Cover
Joywave Album Cover
Old Pueblo Grill
Old Pueblo Grill
Mount Morris
Mount Morris

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.

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

Also, check out Her Voice Carries, “a public art project featuring women who are lifting up the voices of others. The intention is to create a network of murals across America that weave a collective story laced with individual truths. In addition, each story becomes part of a larger dialogue through audio recordings, social media and a traveling exhibition. This series emphasizes the commonalities of our human experience through the leadership of empowered women.”

 

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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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dellarious

 

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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.

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

Website

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. Check out their year-long installation in the Memorial Art Gallery, and their work at the George Eastman Museum.

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

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Art Museum of Rochester
Art Museum of Rochester, Monroe Ave

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park

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Erie Canal Aqueduct & Subway: Rochester’s Transportation Heritage

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Cobbs Hill + Washington Grove

The view from Cobbs Hill, the quiet, the breeze, the friendly nature of people walking and taking it all in—there’s nothing quite like it in Rochester.

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Do you have a favorite location for street art?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!

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8 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.

  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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