Area Activity Guide: Celebrating
Rochester Legend Neil Montanus

A True Local Treasure

If you’ve never been to Montanus Gallery in the Anderson Arts building, you’ve done yourself a disservice. Tucked in amongst the galleries and studios of other Anderson Alley Artists in this former shoe factory, Montanus Gallery has an unassuming appearance. Take a few steps inside, however, and the undeniable genius rushes in upon you. That legendary Kodak photographer Neil Montanus has made a home for his body of work in Rochester is a priceless gift to our city.

You’ll recognize Montanus’ work.

Rarely is mastery so accessible as it is here. World-famous faces and unforgettable photos strike the visitor at every turn. Montanus’ crowning achievements include the “best-ever” portrait of Walt Disney, his iconic contributions to Kodak’s “Colorama” project, the world’s largest underwater photograph ever produced (to this day), and the official presidential portrait of Gerald Ford. While you might not have known the name behind these photographs, you’re sure to recognize the summer girls, the incredible bacteria prints, or the koalas, cheetah, or international landscapes that carried the Kodak name around the globe.

Explore the Imagery & Meet the Artist

April 7th brings a prime opportunity to explore decades of iconic imagery and meet Neil Montanus at a 90th birthday celebration and exhibition. Come and meet this legendary Kodak Photographer and help celebrate his amazing career and contribution to the world of photography. Once you’ve made your way through the awe-inspiring exhibit, you can explore the entire Anderson Arts building thanks to its participation in First Friday Rochester. If you can’t make it on Friday, catch the second opening on Saturday, April 15th, from noon until 4 pm.

Celebrating a Legend: Neil Montanus 90th Birthday and Exhibition
Friday, April 7, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Montanus Gallery in the Anderson Arts Building
250 Goodman Street North, #213
Rochester, NY 14607
Admission: Free!