The public was invited to join the Monroe County Library System, the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery, and Christopher C. Conway to explore a selection of artistic works found throughout the cemetery, and an introduction to the artists responsible for them.
The program highlighted works of architecture, sculpture, and decorative design that make Mount Hope an unexpected, exceptional and serendipitous public, open-air museum.
Viewers also learned about the lives and work of a number of artists, and of local patrons and supporters of Rochester's arts community, who have found final rest amid the natural splendor of America's oldest municipal, rural, Victorian cemetery.
Christopher C. Conway, a native of rural East Texas, grew up in the greater Houston area. He traded the Gulf Coast for the Pacific Northwest and, for the whole of the 1990s, called Seattle, WA home. He happily made his way to Rochester in 2017 -- and has yet to try a Garbage Plate.
Chris holds a BA in art history from the University of Houston and is currently employed as an Exhibitions Assistant at the Memorial Art Gallery. He looks constantly to indulge a life-long love of travel and theater. You may well catch, if you've not already caught, an occasional glimpse of him on Rochester's local stages.