Current Exhibitions

The Rockwell Museum collection portrays the spirit, character and values of America through the eyes of American artists, focusing on the complex story of the great migration West.

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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:  

Ink on paper. Collection of the Old Jail Art Center, Albany TX. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.*Modernist Masters, Contemporary Icons: Highlights from the Old Jail Art Center

February 3, 2017 – April 23, 2017

Including Featured works by John Marin, Grant Wood, and Andy Warhol. Comprised of 33 modernist works of landscape, portraiture, nudes, modern life stills and wildlife, this exhibition celebrates the work of the most honored American art masters of our time.

Image Credit: Andy Warhol, Sam, c. 1954. Ink on paper. Collection of the Old Jail Art Center, Albany TX. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.*


smithsoniannmaachA Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture

September 24, 2016 – March 31, 2017

This commemorative poster exhibition celebrates the Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the newest Smithsonian Institute, on September 24, 2017. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the museum, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. 

Be Part of History 

Josh  Teeter - TheOldMill_websmallHistoric Photographs of Watkins Glen State Park

February 23 – March 1, 2017

In conjunction with the National Park Service centennial, we would like to recognize the local diversity of the American landscape preserved in the Finger Lakes Region. Exhibited here are historic images of Watkins Glen State Park, from its origins as a private retreat through its modern incarnation as a public state park.

from retreat to state park 

Katsina_iconContemporary Katsina Dolls of the Ashman Collection


According to Hopi religion, the Katsinam each embody a different element of life. Katsina dolls were originally used to teach Hopi children and instruct them on socially-proper behavior. This collection has been created by a varied group of native artists of different times, regions and backgrounds.

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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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Through April 23

Smithsonian Speakers

This program season at The Rockwell brings a series of exhibitions and special programs centered on the ever-changing and complex American experience. As the only conduit to Smithsonian resources in Upstate NY, we are excited to not only bring you nationally relevant topics to a local stage, but just as thrilled to present nationally renowned experts from the Smithsonian network.

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