Gallery Q

Within the Rochester LGBTQ Resource Center, one finds that Gallery Q provides an opportunity for community members to experience art and for artists to bring their work to the community.  At Gallery Q all of the art and the artists are supportive of LGBTQ identities. Gallery Q will host exhibits of different styles and mediums, including photography, painting, sculpture as well as traditional artisan crafts. No artistic medium is overlooked. Many times, the items in the show will be available for purchase with a percentage of all sales supporting the LGBTQ Resource Center and Gallery Q.

Gallery Q is curated by a team of volunteers who help to plan, select and hang the shows.  Gallery Q regularly collaborates with ImageArt a program of ImageOut: The Rochester LGBT Film Festival.

All opening night receptions are held on the First Friday of the month.

First Friday is a monthly citywide gallery night that encourages collaboration between non-profit, university, and commercial art venues in Rochester, NY. This initiative showcases area artists and arts institutions by promoting the First Friday evening of each month from 6-9pm as a community night for experiencing art. First Friday ensures a healthy art scene and a healthy city through regular exchange and discussion between venues, artists and patrons.

Exhibition Submissions:  If you’re an artist interested in submitting your work for consideration, please download this form for more information.

Current Exhibit

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Take the Long Way Home

(featuring recent works by Nancy Topolski and Allen C. Topolski)

December 1, 2017 to January 25, 2018

Opening Reception: December 1, 2017 (First Friday) from 6pm to 9pm

ImageOut and Gallery Q are joining forces once again. Take the Long Way Home features recent work by Nancy Topolski and Allen C. Topolski. This show marks the first time these two artists, a married couple, have exhibited their work together. The First Friday opening reception is December 1 from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Allen’s works from the “Things I Used to Need” series are attempts to relate imagery and representation to objects and function along a delicate line of comprehension – a line like the remaining one connecting us to what we have almost forgotten. The art that Nancy is exhibiting is resourced from the Visual Studies Workshop’s Soibelman Syndicate New Agency Archive as well as her own collection of materials pulled from old textbooks and vernacular photographs.

Both artists are interested in the ways materials dictate their production. They incorporate found materials and a variety of processes in the reconfiguration of objects and images. These works and their parts and pieces, these images and their sources and ghosts, all attest to the artists’ desires, taste, and place in the world – they are indicators of the personal and the cultural.  Because many of their works impel tenuous associations with the familiar, they situate comfortably in a place best accessed through memory and notions of place.

Nancy studied Art at Bucknell University and Education at Saint John Fisher College. She has taught classes and workshops in the Rochester region for over 20 years focusing on collage, felting, cold-glass processes, bookmaking and many alternative practices. She has taught workshops at Suny Brockport University and University of Rochester, as well classes at The Memorial Art Gallery’s Creative Workshop, The Rochester Museum and Science Center and the JCC of Greater Rochester. She was an artist in resident at Rochester’s Makers Space and more recently at the Visual Studies Workshop.

Allen attended Bucknell University and Penn State University.  He is Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester. Topolski has exhibited his work at Hallwalls in Buffalo NY, San Jose Museum of Art, CA, Moreau Art Gallery, the Salina Art Center, Colgate University and Islip Art Museum on Long Island.

Gallery Q is part of the Alliance Resource Center, located at 100 College Ave. The gallery is open Monday and Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, as well as Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm. The exhibition closes on January 25, 2018.