The Yards Collective, located at the Public Market in Rochester, was founded in 2011 as a collaborative
art space intended to be inclusive and supportive of local residents and their artwork.
Not only is there a gallery hosting multiple events every month, there are twice-yearly Collaborative Artist Residency programs (the only programs of its kind in Rochester) and frequent craft sales, hosting a wide range of creators.
Over the last seven years, the site has grown to include over a dozen low-cost studio spaces aimed at those who wish to jump into Rochester’s art scene, and not just with oils and paints. There’s also a woodshop onsite for residents who prefer to indulge their muse by carving instead of painting.
The Yards director and residency program alum Kristina Kaiser calls the Public Market location funky, warm and perfect for the local art community’s needs.
Beyond weekly showings Saturdays during Market hours, the gallery is also open during the
city’s First Friday events or by appointment. Local artists are given a chance to mingle with the community, along with the chance to show off their work and network among appreciators of the arts.
It’s all part of a goal to have art be more accessible and visible in Rochester. (And fun, as Kaiser
Name of the Place
The Yards Collective
280 North Union St.(50-52 Public Market Way), zip code 14609