The Yards Collective offers a space for community engagement and the networking of Rochester’s art scene. Our goal is to provide a platform for creative individuals to learn real world skills, or as we like to put it all the things they didn't teach you in art school! Our primary services and resources revolve around studio spaces that are available on a month to month basis and residency programs that are both enriching and inspiring. We are also host to First Friday exhibitions, curated showcases, workshops, public critiques, and private rentals in the Aqua Room.
The Yards differs from other art spaces in that our central focus is to foster a supportive community for all creative ventures. Studio artists have 24 hour access and the opportunity to discuss, share, and develop their practice with other renters as well as access to the public. Members that have successful careers in the arts include Interstellar Lovecraft, Bee Paperhouse, and Color Punch Creative.
Rochester has a bustling and diverse art scene and our space is centrally located within The Rochester Public Market. Every Saturday morning we are open from 10-2, right upstairs from where you get your daily cup of coffee at Javas! Our foot traffic from the market is year-round despite the weather of an upstate New York winter, we enjoy the regular support of our community! The Yards Collective Art Space was founded in 2011 by Sarah Rutherford and Lea Rizzo, the space is now owned and operated by long time member and former intern, Kristina Kaiser.
Resident Studio Artists
Rebecca Lomuto is a conceptual artist fascinated with stretching the limits in traditional media. She likes to think that her work lies somewhere between the dark and dusty corners of her mind and the bright afternoon light on plants in her studio. Often dealing with the concept of fabricated truths, she pulls from spotty memories based in personal trauma, relying on process-heavy mediums. Experimental mark-making is a strong focus of hers, as she finds its description most telling of some of the rawest experiences she draws from. Her work takes material form in alternative process photographs, etchings, performance, drawings and installations.
Find her work online at www.rebeccalomuto.com
Jennifer Kircher Carr’s fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and is published in numerous literary journals, including The Rumpus, North American Review, Monkeybicycle, Prairie Schooner, Hobart, Alaska Quarterly, Jellyfish Review, and The Nebraska Review, where it also won the Fiction Prize. Her non-fiction is published in Edible Finger Lakes and Poets & Writers, among others. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of linked fiction, and teaches at Writers & Books.
Creating connections between past and present. Capturing the joy and pain of memories. By gathering found and consigned objects, Christie Nesbit creates harmony among items that don't seem to go together - a "beautiful chaos." She provides a second life for discarded bits which tell stories and history. Christie’s finished pieces evoke nostalgic feelings and wonder - because, when we are unsure of what lies before us, we can seek comfort from what has already been.
Christie has lived in Rochester since 2009 but grew up in Pennsylvania outside of Harrisburg. She has been passionate about art and art making since childhood. Christie has experience with a wide variety of mediums but her current infatuation is with collage and assemblage - the endless prompt. She is a Yards Residency alum. Christie lives in the North Winton neighborhood with her spouse, Emily; dog, Rocky Donuts; and rabbit, Cashew.
Veronica Wilson is a native Rochestarian who marches to the beat of her own drum.
Veronica is a decorated Navy veteran and served in Naples, Italy and Keflavic, Iceland. For eleven years she was CEO of a successful IT firm that she founded while living in Washington, DC. After selling her company she attended the Coaches Training Institute and became a certified Success and Life Coach. Combining her business knowledge, military experience and a variety of coaching tools and resources, she consults as an Expansion Specialist with a limited number of clients. Currently, she is consulting with NFL Super Bowl Champion Roland Williams for his organization the Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring and Empowering Initiative, which is the largest mentoring program for at-risk youth in the city of Rochester.
Through drumming, Veronica is raising her vibration and shifting energy.
Rachel Anna DeVona is a visual artist living in Rochester since 2014, working with paint, torn paper, cardboard and fabric; the “stuff” of her world that composes each creation. These items have found a heartbeat for art that may have otherwise been thrown away.
Schooled in the traditions of fine art at SUNY New Paltz, she returns to them time and again to give voice to artwork born of passion for colors, textures, and the latent possibilities of the objects and forms around her.
Relationships are found everywhere and Rachel brings both patient craftsmanship and explosive gestures to her work to explore them. She is both old school and new school. Rachel very much enjoys the journey of making each piece.
Find her work online at www.rachelannadevona.com
Eliza’s practice begins in the library. Her research investigates topics of feminism, history of women's roles in society, body image, and conceptual art. Personal experience, coupled with extensive ideation, determine which materials she will use for a project. She prefers non-conventional art forms, using materials as a means to an end rather than an influence.
Eliza received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in May of 2018.
Geoff Graser writes journalism, essays, memoir and fiction. Home base is Rochester, NY. He holds a Master’s in Journalism from Syracuse University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. His work has appeared in USA Today, Washington City Paper, Rochester’s City Newspaper and Democrat and Chronicle, Medium.com, Santa Clara Review, The Big Brick Review and r.kv.r.y. When not tending to his mildly absurd obsession with the Buffalo Bills, he's working on a book about artists and mental health. Check out his writing at geoffgraser.com.
Margaret Hannah is an Artist and Illustrator located in Rochester, NY . She works in media from oil paint, to pen and ink, to scratchboard, to colored pencil. She realizes that all of her artistic ability comes from her creator, God the Father and she wants to point all the Glory to Him and takes no credit for her ability. Margaret also is a mom of 4 children and loves spending time with her family.
Contact her today for a quote at Ex35art@gmail.com, or visit her website: www.exodus35art.com
Lisa Rickman aka “Sowolu”
Sowolu is a lifelong photographer, writer and painter whose work is a combination of storytelling and portraiture expanding across a plurality of disciplines from her multifaceted background in journalism, marketing and research writing. Since 2010 she has worked with a multitude of local media, businesses, private clients and photographers on a wide range of projects.
Sowolu draws inspiration from her dual heritage and a strong research foundation to create pieces delving into symbolism, myth and psychology. Her current works are studies of ancient art and mythology using modern palettes and styles. You can usually find her in the studio she shares with her guitar-nerd husband during The Yards’ Saturday Market hours from 10am-2pm, and visit her site @Sowolu.
‘Sowolu’ is a Germanic rune symbolizing the Sun, the ultimate life force. This rune stands for wholeness and a sense of well being that is founded in the Suns’ energy, oneness and the cyclical aspect of life and the universe.
Nick is an artist whose background is in 3D and received his BFA in sculpture from SUNY Fredonia. He uses an array of materials for his pieces such as copper, wax, paper, wood and thread. Nick draws his influences from his medical background through personal, family, school and work experiences. Using his materials, he creates installations and books that encourage interaction with people to walk around or pick up the piece. You can check out Nicks work on his instagram @nick_l.art