The Waterloo Art Center

Our aim is to cultivate an appreciation for art in our community, and the Finger Lakes region. With a goal to showcase work from local residents, we will give opportunities for all to actively participate in the arts.


The Center will include:

A large 2800 sq ft ground floor exhibition / event space
2 artist residencies
20+ artist studios

All alongside the historic Erie Canal.

We aim to host several unique exhibits each year, with a mission to make Waterloo a place where people from all over the Finger Lakes come to visit.

The Design Connect Program at the Cornell University Department of Architecture recently chose the Waterloo Art Center as it’s newest project! Take a look at the great work put together from the very talented team: Waterloo Art Center Presentation.


Artist Center of Yates County – Penn, Yan:

A Gem in Yates County

A recent trip to the Artist Center featured a beginners glass blowing glass upstairs, and an exhibition gallery with work for sale from Finger Lakes artists downstairs. The Art Center was built inside of a former bank. They even kept the vault in the back!

The Cracker Factory, Geneva NY

The Cracker Factory building, built in the early 1900s, was first home to Geneva Forge, a cutlery manufacturer. In 2007, Miles and May Furniture Works moved their production to the first story and began renovations on the previously unoccupied building. Since 2010, the second floor gallery space has been in use for art shows, concerts and events. This 65,000 square foot factory is now home to wedding receptions, concerts, art openings, pop up food and drink events, and more!


Founded in 1982, The conservatory began with one faculty member and ten students. Today it is a major asset to the community.

Cayuga Arts Collective – Sponsored by the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts ( )

Embracing Technology

The Digital Era has changed the way we communicate and interact. The Waterloo Art Center realizes this, and will actively promote exhibitions and work across all social media channels. Our Waterloo Eats Social Media Campaign has already gotten several thousand followers, and we will deploy a similar one for the Waterloo Art Center:

In addition, we will host an online store for artists to sell their work, and an online auction portal to generate further excitement!

Downtown Waterloo Revitalization

Waterloo, NY, the birthplace of Memorial Day, is experiencing a period of revitalization.   Coming soon is the Waterloo Eats Food Hall, which will assemble local independent food and beverage vendors in an informal rustic space.  In addition, the proposed Waterloo Art Center aims to become a hub of art & culture for the area – just a stone’s throw away from the Food Hall. Let’s build a walk able community that pays homage to thriving Main Streets of decades past, while propelling us into the future.

Tour The Building


Built in 1900, 38 Washington Street was most famously known as Moore’s Furniture.  It will soon be the home of the Waterloo Art Center.  Allow The above 3d tour to assist you in visualizing the possibilities.

3rd Floor – Currently:

2nd Floor – Currently: