University of Rochester

  • Orange Man greets Art Awake attendees

    Art Awake 2010

  • crowds wait to enter bank building
  • inside the bank atrium
  • writing messages on the wall
  • messages on the wall
  • painting people wearing white
  • paint pots and brushes
  • bar set up in the bank valut
  • walking through an art exhibit
  • building sculpture with plastic bottles
  • saxophone player
  • musicians on stage
  • musicians perform outside
  • Art Awake organizers outside bank
  • Orange Man writes in chalk on sidewalk

ArtAwake 2010


Art Awake, a student-run arts and music festival held this year on April 10, brings life to underused spaces in downtown Rochester and connects students with their community through art.

In its third year, ArtAwake "invaded" the former First National Bank, a grand space with marble columns and elaborate murals. Built in 1924, it has stood vacant since 1988.

ArtAwake featured more than 150 pieces of art, interactive exhibits, and historical exhibits on the bank and downtown. More than 20 local musicians performed on three different stages throughout the venue.