The Rockwell Museum

111 Cedar Street, Corning, NY 14830 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

More than a museum – The Rockwell is a unique community center where people enjoy, connect, and reflect on the essence of the American experience, character and values through the eyes of American artists.

The Rockwell Museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in Upstate New York. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th- century Historic Old City Hall in Corning, New York, The Rockwell lays at the heart of the greater Finger Lakes fine arts community.

The Rockwell Museum tells the story of the American experience through fine art. Housed within the Old City Hall building of Corning, this diverse collection includes a mix of nineteenth-century American paintings, historic bronzes, and Indian artifacts as well as twentieth-century modernists, illustration art, and contemporary photography.

Your admission ticket includes access to the KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab – an interactive family studio located just around the corner from the Museum at 36 E. Market Street. Activity stations at the Art Lab are all inspired by the artwork and architecture of The Rockwell, with the goal of making art accessible to kids and inspiring an appreciation for art at a young age.


This year, we join in celebrating #SmithsonianMuseumDay with a self-guided tour inspired by the theme of #EarthOptimism! Explore landscapes from the Hudson River School that aided in the creation of the National Parks System, plus modern contemporary works on topics of conservation. Plus, staff have selected a variety of tunes to accompany your journey - take a listen on Spotify and see what inspires you! BYO-headphones and mobile device. 

Plus, don't miss these special exhibits on view:

Prints By Women: Selected European and American Works from the Georgia Museum of Art
January 31 – April 26, 2020
To kick off our year of Advancing Women, this exhibition includes 46 prints—woodcuts, lithographs, drypoints, etchings, screenprints and more—ranging from the 19th through the 21st centuries, each by a different European or American woman artist. “Prints by Women” uses works from the Georgia Museum of Art’s permanent collection to provide a visual chronicle of art by women. Organized by the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens


Three Generations: Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin and Margarete Bagshaw
January 10, 2020 – January 2021
This exhibition, made possible through the generous donation of Keith and Martha Bryant, recognizes the multi-generational work of one family of Santa Clara women artists: Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin and Margarete Bagshaw. Native American art is grounded in family legacy, and traditional artistic practices have been passed down through generations over centuries. Artistic practices like weaving and basketry empowered women to provide for their families and ensuring the continuity of artistic traditions. This particular family of women gained artistic recognition in painting, traditionally considered a man’s art form, paving the way for future generations of women artists.


Treasures of Haudenosaunee Raised Beadwork
Prior to European contact, Haudenosaunee women had decorated clothing and personal objects with porcupine quill embroidery. By the 18th century, this traditional ornamentation had been replaced by glass beadwork. This exhibition features a variety of Mohawk, Tuscarora and Seneca raised beadwork created from 1850 through 1950 from the collection of Dolores Elliott. These works were made by Haudenosaunee women artists specifically for a non-Native American audience. The popularity of beadwork waned during the mid-20th century and threatened this artistic legacy.


Antigravity: Elaine Ng
March 19, 2020 - February 2021
Elaine Ng explores perception, memory and language, gravitating to questions of space and the physical and psychological structures of site. That’s why she’s the perfect artist for Antigravity. Ng will create a site-specific installation in The Rockwell’s rotunda entryway. She will also serve as a Guest Artist in the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Shop Amphitheater, March 23 – 27.

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