ROCHESTER — Artists have until Sunday to submit work to the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition.

The exhibit returns to the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., for its 67th installment from Aug. 15 to Oct. 17. Curator, artist, and educator Amanda Chestnut is the juror for this year’s exhibition.

Every two years, Rochester’s oldest and longest-running juried exhibition showcases the talents of emerging and established artists from a 27-county region, including Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties. These artists are eligible for cash awards, among them the $1,500 Memorial Art Gallery Award, selected by the juror; the Alice Koret Award, presented by museum docents; and the Harris Popular Vote Award, selected by visitors during the first two weeks of the exhibition.

Artists are invited to submit works of art. To be considered, artists must be 18 years old or older and live in one of these 27 counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Genesee, Erie, Livingston, Madison Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming or Yates. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday at

Juror Amanda Chestnut is a curator, artist, educator, and, as she describes herself, local arts loud-mouth in Rochester. She is an image-based artist and has made art as a photographer for 25 years.

Her artwork has been exhibited throughout New York State. Chestnut holds a master of fine arts degree in visual studies from Visual Studies Workshop through SUNY Brockport. During that time, she held graduate assistantships at Visual Studies Workshop and in the Criminal Justice Department, both at SUNY Brockport. Recent lectures, radio appearances, and presentations have focused on community action, equity in user experiences in digital platforms, curatorial practices, arts funding, new English words in 2020, and the over-policing of Blackness in the United States.

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