David Cowles: ROC Stars
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
137 East Ave.
Mar 1, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Portraits of Rochester’s community leaders will be displayed together like never before in the exhibition David Cowles: ROC Stars, opening this First Friday at RoCo! Renowned educator and illustrator, David Cowles, brings his distinctive style to life in 59 colorful portraits that celebrate the essence of the city’s past and present icons.

ROC Stars is a testament to Cowles’ timeless style, featuring an array of community leaders and celebrities. From the famed abolitionist and activist Frederick Douglass, to present-day figures like Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health Michael Mendoza, and Deborah Hughes, President & CEO of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, the exhibition spans eras and fields.

Notably, the exhibition will also introduce several new portraits (commissioned by Nannette Nocon & Karl Wessendorf) providing a fresh perspective on familiar faces. Each artwork is a testament to David’s keen observation, utilizing his cubist-influenced technique to distill the essence of each subject’s personality.

Join us for this visual journey through Rochester’s history and present, that captures the spirit and diversity that defines this vibrant community.