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

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 a few of 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/


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.