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 LovecraftBee Paperhouse, and Color Punch Creative. We are also proud to say that one of our current renters, Rebecca Lomuto, was recently featured in CITY newspaper as an emerging artist!

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.


Meet Our Resident Studio Artists


Rebecca Lomuto



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

Instagram: @reblom.proj

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reblom.proj/


Jacquelyn O'Brien


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Jacquelyn O'Brien is a living and working artist, professor and founder of Politits: Art Coalition.
In the past six years she has been in 25 exhibitions, most notably, 2011 in a two person exhibition “Rough
Relationships”, 2012 the 'Lombardo Award Exhibition', 2013 a solo exhibition “Second Thoughts", 2014
in a juried exhibition “Convergence”, 2015 in thesis exhibition "Open Up", solo exhibition "Hysterical" at
the Joy Gallery, “Down Below” a solo exhibition of her mono-print work in 2016 and was the winner of
the Rochester Contemporary Sculpture Award at Sonneberg Gardens in the summer of 2017. Also, in
2012 Ms. O'Brien won the Lombardo Award at Buffalo State College, (at which she received her BFA in
sculpture), involving a networking trip to New York City, an award exhibition and exhibition of work at
the All SUNY show. While working toward her BFA, Jacquelyn received four separate research grants to
further her study of sculpture. Once receiving her BFA in spring 2013, she was awarded a six week
residency at The Osage Arts Community in Belle, MO. After teaching at The Osage Arts Community and
making work during her residency, Jacquelyn completed her MFA with designation in Sculpture and
Gallery Management at Rochester Institute of Technology. Throughout 2016-17 Ms. O'Brien was in three
residencies at The Yards Collaborative Arts Space in January 2016, Osage Community Center in March
2016 and Main Streets Art Gallery in January – February 2017. Currently, Ms. O'Brien is working at her
studio, teaching as an adjunct faculty member at RIT, managing the visitor center at the National Susan B.
Anthony Museum and House, running The Politits Art Coalition, as well as preparing for upcoming


Amber Tracy



Amber Tracy is an emerging feminist artist and local musician living and working in Rochester, NY. Working primarily with acrylic and oil paint, her art tangles and swirls across the space it inhabits; beckoning to be touched and only defined by the chaos in her brain and movement of the brush. When she is not lost in a painting or teaching art classes for RCSD, she can be found singing to her friends or playing with her cats!


Jennifer Kircher-Carr


Jennifer Kircher Carr’s fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and is published in numerous literary journals, including The RumpusNorth American ReviewMonkeybicyclePrairie SchoonerHobartAlaska QuarterlyJellyfish 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.


Christie Nesbit



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


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.