As college students, it can be hard sometimes to find something fun and different to do to mix it up and get off campus on a budget. This past weekend I visited the Memorial Art Gallery, a part of the University of Rochester’s campus. Upon showing my Naz ID at the admissions desk, I was let in for free! Inside the gallery is an incredible amount of paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces. The artwork comes from a variety of different eras and places, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and more, conveniently organized by area of origin.
There were countless interesting exhibits, including quilts made by a survivor of the Holocaust as a way to tell her story, some pieces by local Rochester artists from the early twentieth century, and a beautiful, full-sized Baroque organ.
There are so many incredible things to see in this gallery, you could easily spend hours there! There’s even a cafe in the lobby where you can get a quick pick me up or meet with friends. If you are interested, the gallery is only about ten or fifteen minutes away from Naz, and definitely worth the trip. The gallery is also currently home to an exhibit featuring Monet’s Waterloo Bridge, a famous French impressionist painting from the very beginning of the twentieth century. The exhibit will be there from now until January 6.
Art galleries such as this one can be a great way to just take a beat, and get away from the stress of everyday life. Keeping in touch with the arts can help keep you centered and keep you from going crazy being stuck on campus and just going to class, studying, or binge-watching your most recent favorite show. So if you’re ever in need of an escape, check out the Memorial Art Gallery at UofR.
*The gallery is located at 500 University Ave. in Rochester, NY*