On Saturday, when we attended the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, we meandered into Rochester Contemporary Art Center (ROCA) which was displaying their 6x6x2011: Global exhibit.

ROCA's walls host over 4000 pieces of art

Over 4000 pieces of art adorn ROCA's walls during 6x6x2011

This exhibit – now its 4th Annual – is not only fun, it’s a brilliant fundraiser for ROCA. Each May 1, artists from around the world deluge ROCA with their work, created in a 6″ x 6″ format.  This year, over 4000 pieces were received from 36 countries and all 50 states creating an irresistible montage of work that runs floor to ceiling along the enormous expanse of ROCA’s wall. The works run the gamut of media … 3D, animé, cartoon, digital, oil, pen & ink, quilting, stained glass, watercolor and any other you can imagine. All are donated by celebrities, international and local artists, designers, college students and youth.

What makes this exhibit so unique is that the price  – a mere $20 per piece – allows anyone can to become an art collector.  The work is displayed anonymously, so you won’t know whose you’ve purchased until you plunk down payment, get a red dot to reserve your piece and turn in the work’s number for the artist info sheet.  The seduction factor to own a piece is very high, especially when you see the enormous selection, including works that look suspiciously like the style of an artist whose work you think you recognize.

In my case, I purchased an Asian-inspired piece called “Childhood Memory” by  local artist Ning Su. The information sheet on the work my daughters selected, was mysteriously marked “anonymous,” but the work  looked like it had been drawn by one of their favorite animé artists. You never know!

The 6x6x2011: Global exhibit runs through July 10, 2011 at Rochester Contemporary, and works can be purchased at the Gallery or Online, and the work can be picked up at the gallery between July 10 and July 12 or mailed to you for an additional $5.  The Rochester Contemporary Art Center is located at 137 East Avenue between Scio and Gibbs Street in Rochester and is open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $1 for Non-members and free for Members.

P.S. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pieces online! The artists that come in first, second and third place win cash prizes.

Photo by Carol White Llewellyn.  Copyright 2011 © Carol White Llewellyn.  All rights reserved.