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Saturday October 29, 2022. 

Opening Reception
Friday June 7, 2024 from 6-9pm

Closing Reception
Friday August 2, 2024 from 6-9pm

Curated by 1975

Hosted by RIT City Art Space
250 E. Main St. Rochester, NY 14604


“SKETCHY!” is a trip through the art and creativity of skateboarding, featuring a look back at over 25 years of Rochester skate photography, decades of skateboard graphics, and the fine art of the skateboarding world. 

Located steps away from one of Rochester’s most iconic skatespots – Liberty Pole – “SKETCHY!” will run all Summer long and will feature extra programming throughout the run of the show. 

For more, visit our dedicated site:  sketchy.1975ish.com 


Sanguine Luna - 15 Years of 1975 Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Sunday October 2, 2023 from 2-5pm 

Sunday October 29, from 2-5pm (ish) we celebrate the passing October Blood Moon (also called the Hunter Moon) and 15 years of 1975 as fifteen artists pull fifteen “moons” from the Saturday night sky for you to hunt down. 

Featuring the luminations of: 

Luda Begley @lunar_berserkr_art | Nick Brandreth @nickbrandreth | John Magnus Champlin @magnusapollo | Quajay Donnell @qua.jay | Flour Pail Kids @flourpailkids | Chris Hargrave @earthwardart | Shawnee Hill @shawneehill | Erich S. Lehman @1975ish | Manta @manta.585 | Nova @destinationunknown2012 | Poy @trytokillpoy | Matthew Roberts @massive_master_matt | Sarah C. Rutherford @sarahcrutherford | Todd Stahl @todd_stahl_art | YEWS @yewshfk

Like the last few years, the first person to find the moon may make it their own. If you find one, please post a photo and tag @1975ish #sanguineluna1975 so we know what has found a new home! 

The artist info will also be identified on the back of the artwork, so make sure to pay homage to their supernatural talent! We ask that you only claim one piece to spread the magick with as many folks as possible. 

Three pieces will come with an extra special surprise - a ticket for a free 1975 15-Year anniversary t-shirt! (details to claim will be on the ticket!) 

Many thanks to all the artists who share their talent again and again! 

Follow along on our Instagram stories beginning at 2pm Sunday!

1975 - 15 Year Anniversary shirt!

PREORDER - Will deliver in mid-November 2024.

It's been a few years, so I'm bringing back our original logo t-shirt . . . with a twist! Single color white on black Next Level 3600 shirt (our fave!), with the classic 1975 logo print on the front center chest. To celebrate our 15th anniversary - the "1" and "5" glow in the dark! The print will appear "normal" during the day, but the 15 will give off a ghostly glow in the dark! 

I'm crazy, of course, but to celebrate, I'm keeping this shirt at our OG price of $19.75 during the preorder. Any extras available after the preorder will be $25, so jump on this middle-finger-to-inflation pricing today! Each order will have a special secret goodie thrown in! Tiny art? Stickers? Who knows! But guaranteed no tricks, just treats!

Orders will be submitted to the printshop and we anticipate about 2-3 weeks for turnaround given their current workload.   

For local pick up, please use the code PICKUP to get rid of the shipping cost! Arrangements will be made once the shirts are finished.

These shirts will be on pre-order until Midnight on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. DO NOT MISS OUT.

Click the images above or this link to get your today! https://1975ish.bigcartel.com/product/preorder-1975-15-year-anniversary-logo-shirt-glow-in-the-dark

black and white image of a wall with graffiti featuring the phrase Spead Your Light

Black and White Photography by Quajay Donnell

September 6-30, 2023
Opening Reception September 15, 6-9 pm 

Presented by 1975

Hosted by Joy Gallery 
498 W. Main St., Rochester, NY 14608

To kick off our 15th year of artistic adventuring, 1975 is proud to present this new body of work by Quajay Donnell. 

In the Fall of 2022, with a small digital camera in his pocket, Quajay Donnell entered what a friend referred to as his “goth phase,” capturing moments primarily in black and white. Spread Your Light is a collection of street scenes from September 2022 through July 2023, a period that served as a perspective reset from the colorful photos of murals Donnell has become known for over the last four years. 

Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, September 15 from 6-9pm.
The show will run September 6 - 30, 2023. 

Viewing hours Wednesday September 6
Wed. 9/6 - 6-8pm
Sat. 9/9 - 12-2pm

Wed. 9/13 - 6-8pm
Fri. 9/15 - Opening Reception 6-9pm
Sat. 9/16 - 10am - 2pm

Wed. 9/20 - 6-8pm
Fri. 9/22 - 6-8pm
Sat. 9/23 - 10am - 2pm

Wed. 9/27 - 6-8pm
Fri. 9/29 - 6-8pm
Sat. 9/30 - 10am - 2pm (Final day)

Other viewing times by appointment, please contact erich@1975ish.com


Printing services generously supported by Booksmart Studio.

Exhibition generously sponsored by The Gabriella Collection.

For more information:

RSVP to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/6434617359927081

Artwork available to purchase online here: https://1975ish.square.site 

Parking information below:  



14 Years of 1975

Saturday October 29, 2022. 

Location reveals begin at 2pm via 1975 Instagram stories


Divination is the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means. In celebration of 14 years of 1975, we’ve tapped 14 artists to come together to conjure new knowledge for you, the good people of Rochester . . . and this knowledge is available to the first soul to find them on Saturday, October 29, 2022. 


If you find a coffin, please post a photo and tag @1975ish #1975divinations to share your new knowledge (and so we know what has found a new home! )The artist info will also be identified on the back of the artwork, so make sure to pay homage to their supernatural talent! 

We ask that you only take one coffin to maximize the sharing of our knowledge.


Featuring the divinations of: 

Nick Brandreth @nickbrandreth | Carter Burwell @carterburwellart | John Magnus Champlin @magnusapollo | Flour Pail Kids @flourpailkids | Fr00tBats @fr00tbats | Chris Hargrave @earthwardart | Shawnee Hill @shawneehill | Justyn Iannucci @justynIannucci | Erich S. Lehman @1975ish | Manta @manta.585 | John Perry @lowerdeckcards | Poy @trytokillpoy | Matthew Roberts @massive_master_matt | YEWS @yewshfk



13 Years of 1975

13 Artists.
13 Ghosts.
13 Skulls.

Saturday October 30, 2021. 

MATINEE: Round One starts at 2pm
MIDNIGHT MADNESS: Round two starts at 7pm

The veil is lifting, and #1975offerings will be made for you, Rochester!

13 artists have joined together to conjure spooky art offerings for you, the good people of Rochester . . . and we will be giving them to you for free to the first person to find them on Saturday, October 30, 2021.

Clues will be revealed via @1975ish Instagram stories starting at 2pm and then 7pm.

If you find one of our offerings, please post a photo and tag @1975ish #1975offerings so that we know what has found a new home! The artist info will also be identified on the back of the artwork, so please include that as well!

Featuring the creepy creations of:

+ Carter Burwell@carterburwellart
+ John Magnus@magnusapollo
+ Flour Pail Kids@flourpailkids
+ Fr00tBats@fr00tbats
+ Chris Hargrave@earthwardart
+ Shawnee Hill@shawneehill
+ Kristina Kaiser@xoxo_kaiser
+ Erich S. Lehman@1975ish
+ Ashley Ludwig@ludwigsynopsis
+ John Perry@lowerdeckcards
+ Matthew Roberts@massive_master_matt
+ Range@range_fua
+ Salut@young_salut

Check out Teasers on social media: #1975offerings





12 Year Anniversary Scavenger Hunt 

12 Artists.
12 Locations.
Saturday October 31, 2020. 

MATINEE: Round One starts at 2pm
MIDNIGHT MADNESS: Round two starts at 7pm

We can’t have one of our traditional anniversary exhibitions this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in socially-distanced fashion! 

Twelve local artists have gotten together and spread a little Halloween magick for a one-day only scavenger hunt. Travel to each location, collect the secret words, and be the first to submit them to win a Halloween prize pack filled with tricks AND treats! 

Featuring work by Bile, Carter Burwell, Shane Caryl, Jennifer Cichello, Justyn Iannucci, Jes Karakashian, Erich S. Lehman, John Magnus, Scarlett Markham, John Perry, Beth Sumner, and Yews. 

Check out Teasers on social media: #1975CreaturesoftheNight or #12yearsof1975  


We ask that you leave the installations be for other folks playing along, but a few of us will be peppering the city with undisclosed art gifts for the first folks who find them. Watch our Instagram accounts for clues to their locations:
+ BILE@bilefua
+ Carter Burwell@carterburwellart
+ Shane Caryl@scaryl_glass
+ Jenn Cichello@jenn_stardust_nails
+ Justyn Iannucci@justyniannucci
+ Jes Karakashian@jesdecay
+ Erich S. Lehman@1975ish
+ John Magnus@magnusapollo
+ Scarlett Markham@flourpailkids
+ John Perry@jlperry1972
+ Beth Sumner@oh_beewhan
+ YEWS@yewshfk 


30 Years of FUA Crew


OCT 4 – NOV 17, 2019
Opening Reception October 4 from 6-9pm
Presented by 1975

498 W. Main St.
Rochester, NY14608

Bile | Bones | Change | Craze | Cruk | Enem | Gore | Infa | Juse | Kool K | Mek | Nok | Nova
Oz | Pose 2 | Rage | Range | Ras | Snoe | Spaine | Stop | Zoer | and more . . .

For 30 years, FUA Krew has grown from a local group of graffiti artists into a collection of some of the top graffiti artists from around the world. Experience their progression as seen through their own eyes. Featuring never-before-seen historical photographs, stories, and new works from the artists.

@FUAKREW89 | @1975ISH

Thursdays - 1-5pm
Fridays - 1-9pm
Saturdays - 1-5pm


PART OF THE Current Seen - October 4 through November 17 series of exhibitions
Visit www.currentseen.org for more or follow @currentseenroc #currentseen


More about [Current Seen]

Current Seen supports the region’s growing contemporary art community by bringing new curatorial voices and new artists together near East Ave. and Main St.

Core Venues (Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester Public Library (@roccity_library), @visualstudiesworkshop and @ritcityartspace and Framework Venues (galleries, community and alternative spaces, and pop-up venues) will host curated exhibitions of local and national artists related to the general theme: our current moment / our changing city.

Building upon #firstfridayroc, Current Seen is intended to foster collaboration, help spaces achieve greater collective impact, celebrate the act of curation, and aid artists in reaching new expanded audiences. Programs include more than 20 exhibitions and events organized by both experienced and emerging curators spanning three generations. The lead organizer of Current Seen is @bleucease, Executive Director of Rochester Contemporary Art Center (@roco137)

Stay tuned for additional program announcements, opportunities, curator takeovers, invitations to a series of Thursday night gatherings, and more!

Visit currentseen.org to learn more and follow @currentseenroc




JUST FOLKS - Ten Years of 1975 and WALL THERAPY curation

JUST FOLKS - Ten Years of 1975 and WALL\THERAPY Curation

March 1-23, 2019
Opening Reception March 1, 6-9pm
Free and open to the public

A companion exhibition to DEARLY DEPARTED - Ten Years of 1975 in October 2018, JUST FOLKS is a more formal retrospective of the influence of 1975 Gallery on Rochester, NY’s art scene since its inception in 2008. Among the selected artists is a group who grew/came of age with the gallery and emerged as names in their own right in Rochester and beyond. Overlapping with this is a selection of artists who participated in the WALL\THERAPY mural project whose impact on Rochester is seen on a daily basis. The artists selected represent important elements of 1975 curation over the last ten years.

“Just Folks” is a phrase coined between the curators of WALL\THERAPY to describe the power of the average person to make an incredible difference in their community. We are living in a time when it is essential to realize the common vein between us all and the capacity for great change that we share.

A percentage of all artwork sales will be donated to the WALL\THERAPY project.

BONES - Sarah Blood - Carter Burwell - DAZE - Chloe Early - Faith XLVII - Conor Harrington - HOWNOSM - Ian Kuali’i - Mike Ming - St. Monci - Don Pendleton - Mark Penxa - Faring Purth - David Schnuckel - Justin Suarez aka Mr. Prvrt - Sarah C. Rutherford - David Walker - Brittany Williams - Addam Yekutieli aka Know Hope

Curated by Erich S. Lehman.

For more about the artists:

Bones - www.instagram.com/therailrat
Sarah Blood - www.sarahblood.com
Carter Burwell - www.instagram.com/carterburwellart
St. Monci - www.saintmonci.com
Don Pendleton - www.elephont.com
Mark Penxa - www.markpenxa.com
David Schnuckel - www.davidschnuckel.com
Justin Suarez (aka Mr. Prvrt) - www.mrprvrt.com
Sarah C. Rutherford - www.sarahcrutherford.com
Brittany Williams - www.instagram.com/bwilliamsart

Daze - www.dazeworld.com
Chloe Early - www.chloeearly.com
FaithXLVII - www.faith47.com
Conor Harrington - www.conorharrington.com
HOW and NOSM - www.howandnosm.com
Ian Kuali’i - www.instagram.com/iankualii
Mike Ming - www.instagram.com/surfnuts195
Faring Purth - www.instagram.com/faringpurth
David Walker - www.artofdavidwalker.com
Addam Yekutieli aka Know Hope - www.thisislimbo.com

RIT City Art Space
Sibley Tower Building
Entrance at Liberty Pole Plaza
250 East Main Street
Rochester NY 14604


RSVP to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/377435413067227/

Regular Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 1-5pm

Parking: Street Parking is free after 6pm and on Weekends.
Parking Garages available at Mortimer Street Garage or St. Joe’s Garage


Rochester Art Collectors in collaboration with RIT City Art Space and 1975 Gallery present:

Folks Just Talkin'

Join us for a lively, freewheeling conversation with five of the artists featured in the current exhibition at RIT City Art Space, "Just Folks," along with the exhibition's curator, Erich S. Lehman.

Program Schedule:

11:30 am -- Social mixer. Come early to hang out. Check out the exhibition "Just Folks" on the last day of the exhibition. Experience this wonderful exhibition one last time before it closes forever!

12:00 pm -- We'll gather around to hear a few of the featured artists from "Just Folks" talk about their work, the local scene. murals, each other, you, who knows what else?


Erich S. Lehman (curator)
Brittany Williams
Carter Burwell
Mike Ming
St. Monci
David Schnuckel
Justin Suarez (aka Mr. Prvrt)

Moderated by RIT City Art Space Gallery Director, John Aäsp.

This event is free and open to the public however registration in advance is required. You do not have to be a member of Rochester Art Collectors to participate in this event.





Dearly Departed - Ten Years of 1975

Told you we'd be back . . .

DEARLY DEPARTED - Ten Years of 1975

Join us on Saturday October 20, 2018 from 7-10pm for the first of two shows celebrating 10 years of 1975 Gallery!

This will be a return to our roots in the South Wedge and our yearly favorite Halloween-themed anniversary shows! Featuring over 60 artists from our ten year history (plus plenty of new friends from the last few years in between).

We will be setting up shop across the street from where it all began in 2008. Join us as we convert the space next to the new Surface Salon into a pop up gallery once again. We'll also be paying tribute to our roots and blending over into Surface's new space, just like the old days!

661 South Ave. Suite A. Rochester, NY 14620

RSVP to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1999694670052878/

Exhibition Viewing Hours
Monday 10.22 - 5:15pm-8pm
Tuesday 10.23 - 5:15pm-7pm
Wednesday 10.24 - 5:15pm-8pm
Thursday 10.25 - 5:15pm-8pm
Saturday 10.27 - 12-4pm
Sunday 10.28 - 12-4pm

Featuring new work by:

Joe Guy Allard - Jason Barber - Carla Bartow - Jolene Beckman + Dylan Beckman - Paul Beresniewicz - Bile - Boomer - Ryan Bubnis - Ally Burke - Carter Burwell - Miguel Cardona - Nico Cathcart - John Magnus Champlin - Michaela Champman - Jenn Cichello - Amanda Clarke - Vincent Comparetto - Jordyn Crawford - Johnny Dismal - WM. Downs - Shane Durgee - Ben Frazier - Angie + Josh Gomby - Chris Hargrave - Sam Heimer - Sylvan Hemingway - Shawnee Hill - Nate Hodge - Zack Rudy + Garrick Dorsett aka The Huckle Buckle Boys - Justyn Iannucci - Kristina Kaiser - Jes Karakashian - Max Kauffman – Rheytchul Kimmel - Courtney Konecney - Erich S. Lehman - Steve Lewis - Ashley Ludwig - Sean Lugo - M. Rork Maiellano - Michael Maier - Scarlett Markham - Mike Ming - Stacey Mrva – Evinn Neadow - Ezra Neadow - NOVA - J.J. Pelechaty - John Perry - Alan Presutti - Katriel Pritts - Matthew Roberts - St. Monci - Justin Suarez aka Mr. Prvrt - Beth Sumner - Todd Stahl - Jason Tennant - Mike Turzanski - Cayetano Valenzuela - Corey Vance - Steven Vogel - Caitlin Yarsky - Yews - and others . . .




We will return in full force sometime in the future.

Until then, adventure on!





Show Runs October 3 - 31, 2015.

Join us for a very special group show celebrating 7 years of 1975 Gallery and 3 years at 89 Charlotte St.. HERE LIES will once again be celebrating all things Halloween - monsters, ghosts, the things that go bump in the night, be it spooky cute or downright evil!

This will also be our last show at 89 Charlotte St.

After 7 years, 1975 will be taking a hiatus to refocus, rebuild, and rejuvenate. But don’t worry, we may be leaving this location, but we’ve already got a ton of projects in the works for the next year!

So we will be going out with a proper last hurrah! We’ve dug up over 60 artists from the grave to go out with one hell of a show!

Featuring new works by:

Joe Guy Allard / Magnus Apollo / Stephanie Bancroft / Jason Barber / Carla Bartow / Jolene Beckman / Paul Beresniewicz / Hannah Betts / Bile / Bones / Katie Carey / Jordyn Carias / Michaela Chapman / Change / Sean Chilson / Jennifer Cichello / Gia Conti / DAZE / Johnny Dismal / Garrick Dorsett / Randy Duncan / John Fellows / Adam Francey / Ben Frazier / Jim Garmhausen / Goatmouth Studio / Chris Hargrave / Shawnee Hill / Nate Hodge / Aaron Humby / Justyn Iannucci / Kristina Kaiser / Jes Karakashian / Max Kauffman / Courtney Konecny / Peter Lazarski / Scot Lefavor / Erich S. Lehman / Madd Maxx / Mike Ming / Aidan Monahan / Mr. Prvrt / Stacey Mrva / Daniël van Nes / Nova / Omen / Kari Roberts Petsche / John Perry / Katriel Pritts / Rebecca Rafferty / Lea RIzzo / Matthew Roberts / Sarah C. Rutherford / St. Monci / Todd Stahl / Dylan Staib / Beth Sumner / Thievin’ Stephen / Mike Turzanski / Katie Verrant / Steven Vogel / David Walker / Jason Wilder

You can now view available works in our online shop: shop.1975ish.com/category/here-lies

You can view installation shots and photos from the opening on Facebook.

RSVP to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1627013587576538/

Search #herelies1975 to see sneak peaks and teasers!


You Won't Believe What Happens Next . . .
Mark Penxa: New works - 2015

Opening Reception September 12, 7-10pm
Show Runs September 12 - 26, 2015

We are thrilled to welcome back Mark Penxa to 1975 Gallery for a solo exhibition of new works. Mark will be joining us for the opening reception.

Taking its name from tempting, vacuous "click bait" headlines; "You Won't Believe What Happens Next..." exhibits a brand new series of paintings from Detroit-based artist Mark Penxa.

Highlighted in this exhibition are 10 wooden sliding boxes which Penxa calls "Personality Profiles". On the outside the boxes appear to be an abstract portrait, but each box slides open to reveal a deeper, interior painting. "I have alway been enamored with how easily you can hide behind a profile . . . Visually, social media has always been a 'sliding door' idea with me,” says Penxa.

You Won't Believe What Happens Next... also includes new works on paper, over thrift shop paintings, and on handmade canvas, compiled and created over the last year, inspired by Penxa’s fascination and frustration with early internet imagery and misinformation.

Currently the resident artist for Stereo Skateboards, Penxa previously held a position of 'satellite artist' at Girl Skateboards for over ten years and art directed the highly popular "Mountain Lab" series for DC Shoe Co.

This is Penxa's first solo exhibition in the United States. In 2011, a career retrospective entitled "Leap into the future" was held at MEL Space gallery in Moscow, Russia.

RSVP to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1609868699264350/


View photos from the show and the installation on Facebook.

Artwork is now available in our online shop.

Search #penxa1975 to see behind the scenes and peaks from the show.


Opening Reception: Friday July 17, 6-9pm
Hours by appointment, July 18 - 26
Open hours July 29 - August 2.


WALL\THERAPY and URBAN NATION are excited to launch the International exchange program between Rochester and Berlin. Artists curated by the UN Director Yasha Young have been invited to participate and contribute to the program of WALLTHERAPY 2015 curated by Ian Wilson (founder, co-curator) and Erich Lehman (co-curator, lead organizer). WALLTHERAPY 2015 will kick off on July 17, 2015, and our theme for this year is surrealism and the fantastic.

To start things off right, we will be holding our first proper exhibition kickoff titled IMPACT! This exhibition will take place at 1975 Gallery (89 Charlotte St.) and will showcase artwork from all the 2015 participating WALLTHERAPY artists in support of IMPACT! - IMProving Access to Care by Teleradiology - www.impactrad.org. IMPACT seeks to provide easier access to better care in underdeveloped and underserved regions through cloud-based x-ray services and a network of volunteer radiologists supporting IMPACT sites. Both WALLTHERAPY and IMPACT! are projects of The Synthesis Collaborative.

UN Exchange artists 2015 include:
Andreas Englund
Onur and Wes21
Li Hill
Handiedan (Who joined us in late June)

WT artists 2015 include:
Jeff Soto
Nate Hodge
Eder Muniz
Brittany Williams
Matthew Roberts and Joe Guy Allard


For more:


Please note that viewing during the week of WALL\THERAPY, July 18-26, will be by appointment only due to our staff being out in the field. Please contact info@1975ish.com to schedule an appointment.


Normal hours will return July 29 - August 2, 2015.
Wednesday and Thursday: 4-8pm
Friday: 1-8pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12-5pm.



Midwest touring show curated by Josef Zimmerman

Opening on June 6th, 1975 Gallery will host With Love From The No Coast, a group exhibition curated by Josef Zimmerman. On view till June 27th, the exhibition will feature new and bold works by 6 artists from the landlocked regions of America and 1 artist from the chosen anchor gallery.

The exhibit will shoulder the idea that the modern movement has broken down the barriers of distance and standard model of the art world. This new series will showcase emerging and established artists from the middle of America. The chosen artists are then showcased on a given coast in hopes of opening up communication between the communities. The old walls and guards of the art world decaying with the rise of the Internet and publications. Through these new tools artists are empowered and informed. With Love From The No Coast demonstrates this new idea as the series will grow and travel from coast to coast.

This cross-section of artists are a part of the exciting time in opening up art across the nation instead of limiting it.

With Love From The No Coast will include works from:
Amanda Joseph
Daniel Dienelt
Eric Tarr
Justin Henry Miller
Kay Gregg
Steve Seeley

About Josef Zimmerman
Josef Zimmerman has been working in and around the art world for the last decade. As an artist, installer, and curator, Josef has worked to bring new artists together and showcase them in museums and galleries. Josef is currently the Head Adjunct Curator of New Contemporary Art at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art as well as an independent curator for galleries around the nation.

RSVP to the opening: https://www.facebook.com/events/1563282757272547




Opening Reception: May 23 7-10pm
May 23 - May 30, 2015

A Night Out with Dudes Night Out
DNO is landing for a weeklong show at 1975! From paintings, to sculpture, to interactive pieces, over a dozen DNO members are bumping up their game and creating large and “off the wall” work!

Featuring New Work from: Joe Guy Allard / Katherine Arisumi / John Magnus Champlin / Gia Conti / Randy Duncan / Michael Hanlon / Nate Hodge / Aaron Humby / Jes Karakashian / Ben Moriconi / John Perry / Matthew Roberts / John Schlia / Matthew Vimislik / Colleen C. Virdi

Search Hashtag #DNO1975 on your favorite social media channels to see process shots, sneak peaks, and more.

For more information: www.DNOART.com

RSVP to the opening: https://www.facebook.com/events/837779146293406/




Opening Opening Reception - Saturday, May 9 from 7 - 10 P.M.
The exhibition will run from May 9 - 16, 2015.

Draft is an annual student-run publication and exhibition, featuring the work of photography students at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In it’s twelfth edition, Draft aims to create an engaging discourse around contemporary photography and self-publishing.

Beginning as a bet between a professor and a group of students, Draft challenged the notion of producing a collaborative body of work outside of the curriculum. The final product was a stapled packet of photographs, a magazine as an art object, and a symbol of the creative drive that connected that group of students with their work and with one another. It has now evolved into a multitude of forms: hardcover editions, video projections, and curated exhibitions.

This drive fuels Draft 12, which has continued to receive a strong sense of support and recognition from the photographic community. It has been the nature of the publication to reinvent itself every year, pushing the boundaries of a student-run initiative and representing the dialogue amongst students.

This year, Draft 12 presents the work of 21 artists from the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences. The carefully curated sequence of photographs, collages, and moving media represent the contemporary ideas and interests of emerging artists at RIT.

For more information: http://draft12mag.tumblr.com

RSVP to the opening: https://www.facebook.com/events/1569631146621181/



PRETTY PAIN - New works by Lea
Opening Reception Saturday April 11, 2015 from 7-10pm
Show Runs April 11 - May 1, 2015

The final of the original three artists from 1975's first show, inauguration in 2008, Lea rounds out our look back at the roots of 1975.

A gifted artist as well as well-regarded tattoo artist, Lea has been a stalwart of the Rochester art scene for years. Lea participated as a muralist in the 2013 WALL\THERAPY mural project and has been part of the core team since 2013. A member of the Sweet Meat Co. artist collective, Lea also co-founded The Yards Collaborative Art space in 2011.

Pretty Pain will offer a glimpse into her process and the melding of her tattoo-work and her illustrative portraiture.

RSVP to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/812669932103093/

Follow Lea on instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lea_yolanda

Search Hashtag #prettypain1975 on your favorite social media channels to see process shots, sneak peaks, and more.


Opening Reception Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 7-9pm
Show Runs March 17-21, 2015

An exhibition of new work involving the use of Bullseye Glass by the faculty, students, studio residents and studio staff of the Rochester Institute of Technology Glass Program.

invisibilia highlights the inquisitive dynamic of a unified glass department; a department defined by the various modes of approach within each department member’s relationship with the material. The common denominator metaphorically resides in contemplations of clarity . . . of using glass to look for unseen potential within a curious perception of what has impact and leaves meaning upon our human experience.

RSVP to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/397963867061267/

Search Hashtag #invisibilia1975 on your favorite social media channels to see process shots, sneak peaks, and more.




New Works By Adam Francey

We have extended BLESS THIS MESS for one more week! You can still get in to see this show in person until Friday March 6, 2015! We'll be having a closing reception on Friday, March 6 from 7-9pm.

To commemorate the end of the exhibition, Adam will be releasing a very special edition of 5 hand-embellished prints of his fantastic ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY! Unlike the normal edition, these prints are 19"x25" and are adorned with watercolor embellishments. Each print is unique and available for $150 on a first-come, first-served basis at the closing reception starting at 7pm.


One of the original three artists from 1975's first show, inauguration in 2008, Adam brings his signature style to a brand new body of works on paper and wood. This is the second in our series of solo shows revisting our roots.

Adam will also be releasing his first art print of his work specifically for this show, printed by our good friends at HTB Press.

About the Adam and the show:

Adam Francey has worked in Rochester, New York as a professional tattoo artist for 14 years. He received his Bachelors Degree in Illustration and his Graduate Degree in Fine Art from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Adam’s career has consisted of multiple solo shows as well as collaborations and his artwork has been featured in Studio Art Magazine. Adam is also one half of Man Crafts, a small business that creates hand made cigar box guitars and more traditional folk-rooted artwork. In 2013, he participated in Rochester's ongoing mural project WALL\THERAPY and most recently created a mural for the University of Rochester's Baby Labs in 2014.

For “Bless This Mess,” Francey is showcasing his long held interest in folk art. With each painting, he has focused on a singular image and wanted to create artwork with intricate details and compositions that are easily read. He combines his well-known collage style of painting with the precision and focus of his tattoos. Francey has pushed himself in a new direction with his drawing and painting and created a clean and uniformed show based on the evolution of his artistic decision-making.

Watch his Instagram account for updates about the show and for a glimpse of Adam's tattoo work: http://www.instagram.com/afrancey

Search Hashtag #blessthismess1975 on your favorite social media channels to see process shots, sneak peaks, and more.


For those who can't make the show, our friend Mark Deff shot gigapans of the artwork!
Gigapans allow you to zoom in and see all the beautiful details of the artwork!

Wall 1 - http://gigapan.com/gigapans/168753

Wall 2 - http://gigapan.com/gigapans/168822

Wall 3 - http://gigapan.com/gigapans/168739

Wall 4 - http://gigapan.com/gigapans/168782

Mark Deff Photography​ is also behind all of the WALL THERAPY​ gigapans!



New Works By Sarah C. Rutherford

Opening Reception Saturday November 22, 2014 7-10pm.
Show runs November 22 - December 14, 2014.

We are beyond excited to return to where we began, revisiting the first three artists who kicked 1975's whole adventure off with solo shows from Sarah C. Rutherford in November, Adam Francey in February, and Lea Rizzo in April.

Sarah will kick off our seventh year of artistic adventuring with Nesting, her first solo show with the gallery It's been exciting watching Sarah evolve as an artist since 1975's inauguration, and we can't wait to share her work with you November 22!

Nesting is an exploration of the environments women craft. Through a combination of physical objects and ephemeral constructs, the nests evolve, woven in the fabric of each subject’s personal and collective history. This show will draw from Sarah's array of artistic practices, incorporating elements of installation, oil painting, wood burning and assemblage.

Watch her Instagram account for weekly small works she is creating along the way that go towards creating larger works for this show: http://www.instagram.com/msshaftway

Search Hashtag #nesting1975 on your favorite social media channels to see process shots, sneak peaks, and more.

RSVP to the opening on Facebook


Sarah C. Rutherford Artist Q&A
Tuesday December 9 from 7-8pm

Join us at 1975 on Tuesday, December 9 from 7-8pm for an intimate artist Q&A with Sarah Rutherford in the midst of her fantastic show NESTING.

Seating is limited to 20, and standing room is available while space allows.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/901015066577607/

FRIDAY December 12 from 7-9pm

Join us from 7-9pm on Friday, December 12th for a special closing reception.

Sarah Rutherford will be presenting a very special collaboration with Interstellar Love Craft of a collection of jewelry created specifically to complement this breathtaking show.

Sarah will be also bringing a second flock of five of her red-tailed hawks as well as an additional assortment of wood burned feathers.

NESTING will be viewable to the public through Sunday, December 14th at 5pm. Artwork may be picked up beginning at 5pm until 6pm on Sunday.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/468867863252478/


Six Years of 1975

Opening Reception Saturday October 11, 2014 from 7-10pm
Show runs October 11 - November 1, 2014


Join us as we celebrate six years of 1975 with over sixty deviilishly dexterous denizens of Rochester and Beyond!

Our friends Hello Arepa will be parked outside serving up their



Joe-Guy Allard / Torrell Arnold / Jason Barber / Carla Bartow / Jolene Beckman / Paul Beresniewicz / Bile / Bones / Katie Carey / Jordyn Carias / Belinda Carpentier / Michael Carnrike / Michaela Champan / Sean Chilson / Jennifer Cichello / Johnny Dismal / Adam Francey / Jim Garmhausen / Goatmouth / Josh Gomby / Chris Hargrave / Shawnee Hill / Nate Hodge / The Huckle Buckle Boys / Justyn Iannucci / Katharina Jackson / Jes Karakashian / Courtney Konecny / Know Hope / Peter Lazarski / Scot Lefavor / Erich S. Lehman / Mad Maxx / John Magnus / M. Rork Maiellano / Mike Ming / Evyn Morgan / Mr. Prvrt / Stacey Mrva / Nova / Omen / Jihwan Park / John Perry / Kari Roberts Petsche / Katriel Pritts / Sara Purr / Steven Resig / Lea Rizzo / Matthew Roberts / Dan Springer / Dylan Staib / Samantha Stumpf / Beth Sumner / Thievin’ Stephen / Adrien Tucker / Mike Turzanski / Todd Stahl / Steven Vogel / Arden Zollweg / and more

*Final lineup subject to change

RSVP to the opening on Facebook.

Search Hashtag #devilsinthedetails on your favorite social media channels to see process shots, sneak peaks, and more!


New works from Todd Bratrud, Don Pendleton, and Michael Sieben

Opening Reception Saturday September 6, 2014 from 7-10pm
Show runs September 6 - 27, 2014

1975 is proud to present WHAT THE MORNING BRINGS - New Works by Todd Bratrud, Don Pendleton, and Michael Sieben.

Three of the most influential illustrators/artists working in skateboarding today, Todd, Don, and Michael bring their signature blend of humor and commentary to Rochester.

See more of their works here:

Todd Bratrud

Don Pendleton

Michael Sieben

RSVP to the opening on Facebook.

Search Hashtag #whatthemorningbrings on your favorite social media channels to see process shots, sneak peaks, and more!



New works from John Perry and Pen1

Opening Reception Saturday June 7, 2014 from 7-10pm
Show runs June 7 - June 28, 2014

1975 is thrilled to bring you the power combo of John Perry and Pen1 this June! The duo are dipping back into the pool of all the things that made them who they are today in a body of new originals and screen printed works. John Perry will also be a muralist in this July's WALL\THERAPY!

About John Perry:

In his own words: "Born and raised in Rottenchester New York. I paint and I draw but not necessarily in that order. Art found me, I didn't find it and so many years later we still have a love/hate relationship."



About Pen1
Pen1 is an artist and graphic designer best known for his street art in and around Rochester in the 1990's and into 2000. His love of Rochester graffiti and its growth inspired him to establish the iconic legal walls behind Village Gate, home to some of Rochester's most revered urban art.

In 1996 he formed the painting crew TWD with painting partner Det and Onorok who became known for their unorthodox styles and prolific painting.

In 1997, along with The Village Gate, DJ Too Chill, and DJ Silly Cutty, he organized Rochester's first graffiti expo. The event brought together hip hop creatives from all over the east coast and Canada for a two-day outdoor expo, leading to the return of local graffiti icons and Pen1 influence, Pose 2, and Change.

He joins one of his closest painting partners, John Perry, for Under The Influence. Pen1 credits John with being one of the most talented Rochester graffiti artists of the 90s and an inspiration towards his own work.

Working in screen printing for Under The Influence, Pen1's works are a fun and graphic look at several influences that have inspired him over the years and his time painting in Rochester.

Pen1 currently lives Baltimore where he works as graphic designer and teaches. He previously worked as a designer for Nike, Major League Baseball, and the National Hockey League. His personal work has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Montreal, Australia, Baltimore, and NYC.

Search Hashtag #UnderInfluence1975 on your favorite social media channels to see process shots, sneak peaks, and more!




Local non-profit summer camp Girls Rock! Rochester will host a live art auction fundraiser featuring donated work from some of Rochester's best contemporary artists, as well as artists from New York, Chicago, and Florida on Saturday, May 31 at 1975! Local artists include Shawnee Hill, Andy Gilmore, Katie Carey, Adam Maida, Ashley Landon (The Knotty Owl), Marisa Krol (Interstellar Love Craft), Mike Turzanski, Justyn Iannucci, Greg Halpern, and many more! Out-of-town artists include textile ladies Rachel Gottesman and Maryanne Moodie (both recently featured on DesignSponge), Sonnenzimmer, Anna Bond (of Rifle Paper Co), and Joana Avillez, who recently illustrated Lena Dunham's new book. Pieces range from drawings to paintings to textiles to ceramics. 

Admission and sales from the auction will benefit Girls Rock! Rochester as it sets the stage for its third year of music creation and performance. During one powerful week, GR!R provides campers with a chance to learn an instrument, form a band, attend workshops, write an original song, and perform at a live showcase in front of family and friends.

A $5 - $10 sliding scale admission donation price includes free beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and hors d’oeuvre for event goers throughout the night. Cotton candy will be provided by Sweetly Spun. Doors open at 7pm and the auction starts promptly at 8pm. The event is 21 and up. 

Girls Rock! Rochester is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to using music as a vehicle for personal growth and positive change.

For more information, visit: www.girlsrockrochester.org

Click here to RSVP for the event on Facebook.

Search hashtag #BERTcountdown on your favorite social media channels to see sneak peaks and more!


PERMATEMPERAMENT - works by David Schnuckel and Scot Lefavor

Opening Reception Saturday May 10, 2014 from 7-10pm.

Show Runs May 10-24, 2014

Sharing a visual vocabulary rooted in appropriated pop/cultural references, David and Scot bring their unique work to 1975 on May 10.

David Schnuckel is an artist and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Glass Program in the School of American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology.

For more about David: www.davidschnuckel.com

Scot Lefavor is an accomplished artist and designer from Denver who has temporarily relocated to Rochester to work on his newest body of work.

For more about Scot:

Works now available in our online store.

Search hashtag #permatemperament on your favorite social media channels to see process photos, sneak peaks, and more!



Vulnerable Geometry
New and Collaborative Works from Jaime Molina, Vincent Comparetto, and Max Kauffman
Opens Saturday, April 5, 2014

1975 is proud to reach beyond our citiy's limits to our friends from the West, bringing the works of three talented artists from Denver, CO and Oakland, CA to our city. Their show brings a mix of Neue Folk, Cubist Urban Modernism, Stencilism, and Graphic Semi-abstraction. Densely layered, these works invite the viewer back for time and time again, revealing new details each time.

On a personal note, Vincent was one of my earliest creative inspirations and has been one of my closest friends since 1993. It has been inspiring to watch his progression as an artist over such a long period of time, and I am very happy to bring his work alongside Jaime and Max's back to Rochester.

Jaime Molina - www.cuttyup.com
Vincent Comparetto - www.prometheusproductions.tv
Max Kauffman - www.kauffmanartistry.com

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 7-10pm
Show Runs April 5 - 26, 2014

To RSVP for the opening: https://www.facebook.com/events/482513878540953/

Search hashtag #vulnerablegeometry on your favorite social media channels to see process photos, sneak peaks, and more!


Featured image: Might of Oaks.

1975 is proud to present ALL THINGS WILD AND FREE - New Works by Mr. Prvrt.

Opening Reception Saturday March 15, 2014 - 6-10pm
Show runs March 15 - 29, 2014

Reinvigorated by his work with Wild Wings in Rochester, NY and inspired by imaginative classics including Princess Mononoke, The Secret of Nimh, and Watership Down, Mr. Prvrt invites you to join him as he explores the mystical nature of animals. Featuring over 30 brand new works, this marks Mr. Prvrt's first solo show with 1975.

Some of the featured birds of prey from Wild Wings will be our honored guests at the gallery from 6-8pm the night of the opening. A portion of proceeds from the sales of the works from this show will go to benefit Wild Wings. For more information about their organization:

For more information about Mr. Prvrt or Wild Wings:



RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416034941977914/

"In ancient times,
The land lay covered in forests.
Where from ages long past,
Dwelt the spirits of the Gods.
Back then,
Man and beast lived in harmony.
But as time went by,
Most of the great forests were destroyed.
Those that remained,
Were guarded by gigantic beasts,
Who owed their allegiance to the great forest spirit.
For those were the days of Gods,
And of Demons."

- From Princess Mononoke.




Join us Saturday January 18 at 1975 (The Boys) and The Yards (The Girls) for Round Two of our epic cardboard battle!

Come see what transpires when you combine just over two weeks of installation, two teams of 20 artists, and a whole mess of cardboard in two locations in Rochester! This is a dual-gallery exhibit, so make sure you stop in to both galleries and tell us who YOU think won the battle of BOYS VS. GIRLS!

Opening Reception Saturday January 18 from 6-10pm at BOTH 1975 and The Yards!
The Battle runs January 18 - February 8, 2013.

89 Charlotte St.
Rochester, NY 14607

W-F: 1PM - 8PM (please note temporary winter opening change)
S-S: 12-5pm


The Yards
50-52 Rochester Public Market
Rochester, NY 14609

T, Th, Sat during Public Market Hours

(Both galleries are within a few minutes of each other by car)





Last August, The Yards played home to their first residency, where artists came together to work, share ideas, and explore the creative process. This show will feature works by Davya Brody, Shawnee Hill, Nate Hodge, and Dylan Staib.

Join us November 16 at 1975 as we get a glimpse at the work inspired by their time at the Yards and their interactions with each other.

Opening Reception November 16 from 7-10pm
Show runs November 16 - December 7, 2013





Opening Reception Saturday October 5, 2013 7-10pm
Show runs October 5 - November 2, 2013.

Join us as we rejoice five years of artistic adventuring in Rochester, NY with a celebration of skulls! Featuring one of our most diverse lineups yet with new works from our past, our present, our future, and our inspirations.

Joseph Allgeier / Anthony Bacchiocchi / Carla Bartow / Jolene Beckman / Paul Beresniewicz / Bile / Davya Brody / Ryan Bubnis / Vivianna Calabria-Bacchiocchi / Miguel Cardona / Michael Carnrike / John Magnus Champlin / CHANGE / Sean Chilson / Jennifer Cichello / Adrien Moses Clark / Amanda B. Clarke / Vincent Comparetto / Daniel Dienelt / Johnny Dismal / Joel Dow / Rachel Dow / Mike Egan / Brian Flynn / Adam Francey / Goatmouth / Chris Hargrave / Shawnee Hill / The Huckle Buckle Boys / Justyn Iannucci / Lucas Irwin / Kristina Kaiser / Jes Karakashian / Max Kauffman / Dave Kinsey / Ashley Jean Landon / Peter Lazarski / Erich S. Lehman / Mike Ming / Adam Maida / Jaime Molina / John Perry / Mr. Prvrt / Rebecca Rafferty / Matthew Roberts / Beatrix Rose / Ben Rubin / Sarah C. Rutherford / Dan Springer / St. Monci / Samantha Stumpf / Deth P. Sun / Lea Rizzo / Siloette / Thievin' Stephen / Beth Sumner / Mike Turzanski / Greogry Van Maanan / Steven Vogel / Christopher Walkenhorst / Arden Zollweg

*Artist lineup subject to change

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/187323931449344/

Join us afterwards at Cure in the Rochester Public Market for some tunes and skull-themed drink specials created just for this occasion!




Adventures in Technicolor - St. Monci

Opening Reception - Saturday September 7, 7-10pm

Show runs September 7 - 28

Thank you for the AMAZING response to the truly stellar body of work! We are proud to have presented St. Monci's first solo exhibition with 1975! Fresh off a FANTASTIC mural in this year's WALL\THERAPY, St. Monci brings a new body of work exclusive to this show.

Adventures in Technicolor is a collection of new interplanetary work inspired by the warm, rich feeling of classic technicolor films. St. Monci brings you astounding, abstract tales of wonder and intrigue!Watch as he manipulates shape and color and presents a new world for your viewing pleasure!



St. Monci

St. Monci's WALL\THERAPY mural at South Ave and Gregory St.




BLACK AND BLUE - Ryan Bubnis and Lucas Irwin

Ryan Bubnis and Lucas Irwin
Opening Reception - Saturday June 1, 7-10pm

Show runs June 1 - June 29

Black And Blue began with the simple prompt of two friends creating bodies of work that featured a cohesive, limited, color palette. Within these constraints Ryan Bubnis and Lucas Irwin work through a series of new drawings, paintings and sculpture. This exhibition explores themes of restraint, resilience, friendship, collaboration and mark-making.


Ryan Bubnis’ work has been described as “modern folk.” Through his paintings, illustrations, design and mural work, he comments on themes relating to the human condition.

Working both traditionally and digitally, he incorporates a range of mediums that include found objects, paper, wood, canvas, aerosol, acrylics, cel vinyl, Papier-Mâché, graphite and India ink. He draws inspiration from life, love, graffiti, folk and outsider art from a variety of cultures.

Bubnis has collaborated with a number of commercial clients and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S. and abroad. He is currently an Assistant Professor at The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.


Lucas Irwin
is an artist, designer, and maker best known for his work in the world of designer toys and helping to launch the genre-creating, indy DIY Magazine Readymade. Influenced by the urban landscape, architecture, heavy machinery, instructional manuals, schematics, and popular culture, Lucas builds complex images by weaving together and dissecting these references. His work has been exhibited across the U.S., U.K., and Japan.


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The Huckle Buckle Boys show is down now, but the Audio tour is still up!

To full experience the exhibition audio tour, please download this free audio tour narrated by the Huckle Buckle Boys. Please click the appropriate link below (hosted on Mediafire) to download to the player of your choice, then visit our Facebook page to follow along with our gallery of their artwork

M4A Audio Tour (with chapter markers, but no pictures yet)
MP3 Audio Tour (no chapter markers)
MP3 Audio Tour (broken into mp3 tracks)

Rebecca Rafferty at CITY paper wrote a review of the show: Read it here.



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