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Rochester Landscape Lottery

  • Downtown United Presbyterian Church 121 Fitzhugh Street North Rochester, NY, 14614 United States (map)

Rochester artist Jim Mott will be giving a public talk about his Landscape Lottery Project at the Downtown Presbyterian Church (DUPC), Wednesday December 12th at 7 p.m.


The Rochester Landscape Lottery was a NYSCA-funded/public art project that used randomly-generated GPS points around the greater Rochester area to determine subject matter for 30 paintings. The result was an engaging journey, dynamic community involvement, and a remarkable, remarkably unpredictable composite portrait of  Rochester. An exhibit of Mott’s Rochester Landscape Lottery paintings recently finished a run at RoCo's Lab Space.


Drawing on images and stories from the Rochester Landscape Lottery, as well as from an earlier Landscape Lottery in Tucson, AZ, Mott will discuss the origins of the project, the process, his interest in chance encounters, and art’s potential as creative activism for troubled times.


Jim Mott is a nationally recognized artist based in Rochester, NY.  He has a BA in Visual Studies and Religion from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Painting from the University of Michigan School of Art. He is best known for landscape paintings that combine sense of place with emotionally expressive technique; and for his socially-engaged painting projects, particularly the Itinerant Artist Project (IAP) – "exchanging art for hospitality across the USA" one month per year since 2000.