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Current Exhibitions

The Rockwell Museum collection portrays the spirit, character and values of America through the eyes of American artists.

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Our collection is more than a sampling of traditional American artists – the pieces housed within our Museum walls convey the story of the American experience. A diverse and unique display, the artwork prompts us to think critically and challenge our conceptions of the great American West and the people who live there.

Our collections and rotating exhibits serve great purpose in the community. These works of art are functional teaching pieces – they present some of our best opportunities to connect with our audiences, young and old.  

Here is what you’ll see at The Rockwell Museum right now:  

Spotlight Exhibition

Audubon in the Exotic West: North American Quadrupeds

September 21, 2018 – January 6, 2019

John James Audubon, American Rein Deer

John James Audubon, Caribou or American Rein Deer. Hand-tinted lithograph on paper. Lee Silliman Engraving Collection.

Audubon in the Exotic West showcases the elaborate and detailed lithographs of famed naturalist John James Audubon. This exhibition features prints from Audubon’s last work, the Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. The exhibition is comprised of 107 stone lithograph prints from the Imperial Folio and Octavo editions, highlighting the full range of Audubon’s unique artistic style.


Special Exhibitions

4th Annual Gingerbread Invitational: Fantastical Future

November 23 – December 31, 2018

The Rockwell Museum is pleased to present the Fourth Annual Gingerbread Invitational − a fun, artful gingerbread competition and exhibition. This year, gingerbread artists responded to the theme of Fantastical Future, re-imaging regional buildings or structures with a futuristic twist! Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite to win the Community Choice Award.


Antigravity: a space for contemporary perspectivesCrystal Gregory
Through the Thread by Crystal Gregory

March 2, 2018 – February 17, 2019

The Rockwell introduces an inaugural new exhibition series: Antigravity!  Each year, the museum will commission one emerging artist to create a site-specific installation for The Rockwell’s rotunda entryway. The 2018 inaugural installation will feature the work of sculptor and fiber artist Crystal Gregory. Gregory uses woven lace structures as the foundation of her work, paying particular attention to negative space and light. She experiments by pairing materials not often found together in her work such as hand-woven fabrics and molten pewter or lace and concrete.


150th Anniversary of Glassmaking in Corning

December 22, 2017 – December 31, 2018

The Rockwell joins our sister institution, Corning Museum of Glass, in celebrating the 150th anniversary of glassmaking in Corning. This installation features the work of Frederick Carder, lead designer for Steuben Glass Works from 1903 -1932.

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125th Anniversary of Old City Hall

February 9, 2018 – December 31, 2018

The Rockwell celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the building we call home – Corning’s Old City Hall. This iconic building was completed in 1893 and represents the American Romanesque Revival style. Explore an intimate series of historic photographs of Corning’s City Hall, accompanied by regional examples of this famous architectural style.

Lock, Stock and BarrelLock, Stock & Barrel


This selection of historic long arms and handguns is from the Robert F. “Bobby” Rockwell, III collection. From the American Revolution to the Hollywood cowboy, these historic firearms help tell the story of America and explores two and a half centuries of innovation in technology.

Historic Firearms



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