The Art and Life of Danny Allen

The Art and Life of Danny Allen - Four Partnered Exhibitions

First a big thank you to all those who have donated. We are humbled by the support of our and Danny's friends, family and community. If you have donated but not claimed a prize, there are still gifts available (updated list shown below) and if you are interested in contributing, there is still time to donate and receive a gift.

The project has grown to add a fourth exhibition at Axom Gallery and Exhibition space, and excitingly we received a loan of one of Danny's most well known pieces, "Sunny Ducks" from the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, which will be showcased at Axom. We are extending our fundraising campaign to the end of March as we anticipate a greater need for funds due to the continuous growth of this project. Thank you all for your support!

“The Art and Life of Danny Allen” is a retrospective exhibition of his life’s art work, partnered with four notable fine arts organizations in a simultaneous cooperative effort. All four galleries will exhibit different, but complimentary aspects of Danny Allen’s art.

The partnered exhibits begin on First Friday, February 2nd, 2018 starting with the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) and Gallery Q of Rochester’s Out Alliance. Both gallery openings are on February 2nd, and are walking distance from each other. The second set of retrospectives include the Mercer Gallery of Monroe Community College (MCC) opening on Thursday March 1st, 2018—and lastly, the AXOM Projects and Gallery in Rochester NY. All four exhibits of Danny Allen’s artworks are centered around “It Gets Better Campaign” for youth at risk for suicide.

Daniel "Danny" Allen was a largely self-taught artist who lived in Rochester, NY in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Allen's work had a profound influence on the regional cultural scene. He was openly gayand was one of the first artists to address this issue in his work. Allen worked in a variety of mediums producing drawings, sketches, paintings, collages and assemblages. He dealt with the feelings of joy, guilt, pressure to conform and his confusion in how to bring all the different aspects of himself.

The exhibition “Danny Allen and His Friends” presented by Mercer Gallery of MCC will also include the work of Kathy Calderwood, Bill Whiting, Juliana Furlong Williams, Eva Weiss, Antonio Petracca, Steven Plunkett, Ramon Martinez, Yvonne Cupolo and Albert Robbins. All of these artists knew Mr. Allen and out of respect for his art and his era, they will show work that they made in the late 60s and early 70s. Mercer Gallery will also have a public panel discussion about their interactions with Danny and give candid accounts of their reactions to his suicide. During the Allen Retrospective, Bill Whiting will give a talk based on his book "An Early Work Late in Life - The Life and Art of Danny Allen", which he wrote following the discovery of one of Allen's exquisite surrealist miniatures lost in the archives of the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. It was included in their exhibition “Discovery’s From the Vaults”. The funds raised from this “GoFundMe” campaign will help to pay for materials, art preparation, framing, printing, travel expenses for the artists, a project coordinator and promotion expenses.

This Just In: Greats News! The Art and Life of Danny Allen Project just received a matching grant from the William Penn Foundation! Thank you so much for your support in keeping Danny's legacy alive and strong.

The Partnered Organizations are:

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo)
Opening Reception, First Friday,
February 2nd, 2018 6pm to 9pm
(Exhibition runs until March 18, 2018)
137 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14604
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday thru Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Fridays 1pm - 9pm
(closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
(585) [phone redacted]

Gallery Q of the Rochester Out Alliance -
Opening Reception, First Friday,
February 2nd, 2018 5pm to 9pm
(Exhibition runs until March 29, 2018)
100 College Avenue - Suite100
Rochester, NY 14607
Gallery Hours:
Monday and Friday 9am -5pm
Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am - 8pm
(closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
(585) [phone redacted]

Mercer Gallery at Monroe Community College - (MCC)
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1st 2018, 5-7pm
(Exhibition runs until March 29, 2018).
1000 E Henrietta Rd Fine Arts Building 12, Room 114
Rochester, NY 14623
Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday 11am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
(closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
(585) [phone redacted]

AXOM Gallery and Exhibition Space -
Opening reception: First Friday,
March 2nd, and runs until March 31st
176 Anderson Avenue
Rochester NY 14607
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday -Friday, 12 - 6PM
Saturday 10 am -5pm
(585)232-6030 ext.1

Gifts for our Contributors

House on the Highway by Bill Whiting (see below)

An homage to Edward Hopper's American classic painting, House on the Railroad, only featuring a classic Rochester Victorian Mansion in Cornhill. 11" x 14" Mixed media on board. Framed.

Gift of (1) limited edition matted print will go to 6 contributors of $75.00 or more

Abandoned Cottage on Lake Ontario by Bill Whiting (see below)

11"x 14" mixed media on board.

Gift of (1) limited edition print will go to 6 contributors of $75.00 or more.

Donald Duck T-Shirt by Kathy Calderwood (see below)

Kathy Calderwood is a well known artist in western NY. She created this t-shirt as a membership gift for Pyramid Arts Center, now called Rochester Contemporary Arts Center. She was one of Danny’s best friends.

Gift of (1)  t-shirt will be awarded to contributor of $200 or more

Grey Gardens by Eva Weiss (see below)

8" x 10" in a 16" x 20" archival matte.

Gift of (1) matted print will be awarded to contributor of $500 or more.

"Twist and Shout" and "Wiggle Room", two sculptures by Western NY Sculptor, Lee Hoag.

1st - "Twist and Shout" (2017, pictured below) 11.75" x 5.5" x 6". Will be awarded to a contributor of $300 or more

2nd - "Wiggle Room" (2017, not pictured) 7.5" x 4.5" x 3" $200 value.

Susan Plunkett's Fabulous Foods, LLC

Susan has donated $100.00 worth of catering services to (1) contributor of $250.00 or more. See website link above for details on her services.

It’s Only Rock and Roll by Antonio F Petracca (see below)

Gift of  (1) limited edition print will be awarded to 20 contributors of $50.00 or more. Image size 6 “x9”

South Hill by Antonio F Petracca (see below)

Gift of (1) limited edition print will be awarded to 10 contributors of $50.00 or more. Image size 6 “x9”

Ramon and Isabella by Antonio F Petracca (see below)

Gift of (1) limited edition print will be awarded to 10 contributors of $50.00 or more. Image size 6 “x9”

  • dave paprocki
    • $20 
    • 58 mos
  • Rome Celli
    • $50 
    • 58 mos
  • Thomas Burger
    • $25 
    • 59 mos
  • Stephanie Egger
    • $25 
    • 59 mos
  • Lisa Rothrock
    • $30 
    • 59 mos
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Bill Whiting
Hilton, NY

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