RPL Public Art Focus Groups- Community Input

The Rochester Public Library is seeking patron input regarding the development of Public Art that will be installed as part of our exterior renovations at the corner of Broad Street and South Avenue. The art installation, adjacent to the Rundel Memorial Library building, shall coincide with the structural rehabilitation of the Rundel building’s north and east terraces. It is part of the first phase of the ROC the Riverway project; information regarding the overall project can be found here.

The Rochester Public Library released a Call for Artists/Request for Qualifications in summer 2018. A public art selection committee comprised of Library, City and community arts volunteers managed the process and ultimately recommended Chevo Studios from Commerce City, Colorado. Chevo Studios was selected in part due to their desire to narrate Rochester’s story through their work. To that end, the RPL and Chevo Studios seek public input on how best to represent Rochester in the proposed art installation.

We value your feedback as we develop this new downtown civic plaza. Public spaces and public art should be responsive to community histories and current needs, and it is our goal to achieve both with this project. The Rochester Public Library will hold three focus group sessions to solicit your feedback on the following dates:

Monday, January 14th, 6:00-7:00pm
Wednesday, January 23rd, 12:00-1:00pm
Thursday, January 24th, 5:00-6:00pm 

Sessions will be held in the Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Central Library’s Bausch & Lomb library building at 115 South Avenue. Your involvement in reviewing artist concepts and themes will be of tremendous benefit to the project and final work.  Thank you in advance for your consideration; an RSVP to brie.harrison@libraryweb.org or 428-8056 is appreciated.