About the Artist

Born in Rochester, New York in 1957, Stu Chait is a life long artist. Influenced by his great-grandfather, architect Charles W. Eldridge, Stu realized that art is integral to architecture, and continued to study drawing, pastels, and watercolor, while pursuing his architectural degree.

After graduating with High Honors from the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee in 1979, Stu returned to Rochester with his wife Cindy. While establishing his award winning architectural practice, Stu's desire to return to fine art continued to grow. Studies with noted art instructor Gail Kellogg further fueled his love of watercolor and a passion to create art. An opportunity to study with internationally renowned abstract artist Steve Carpenter has challenged Stu to delve into uncharted subject matter, techniques, and applications. As Stu's work progresses, he continues to be inspired by structure and form in both architecture and nature. Challenging the context and techniques of watercolor, Stu's work is provocative and sublime.


These explorations have resulted in numerous area and regional shows and awards. In addition to his acceptance to the online galleries of the internationally known Architectural Record, Stu has been highlighted in feature articles in national painting journals. In 2011 Stu was named a Finalist in the Abstract/Experimental Category of The Artist's Magazine 28th Annual Art Competition. Most recently Stu was accepted into the Arena Art Group, the foremost group representing abstract and contemporary art in upstate New York. Constant demand for Stu's unique watercolor techniques led to him being hired as the first adjunct studio faculty of the new Architecture Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, in addition to teaching several watercolor seminars to fellow artists and architects alike.

Selected Competitions

42nd Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, The View Center for Arts and Culture, Old Forge, NY 2023
International Shades of Green Competition, Camelback Gallery Scottsdale, Az. Finalist Award 2023
Oklahoma City Pre-qualified Artists Pool
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (each noted separate awards)
2014, 15, 16, 2017-20
University of Nebraska Medical Center Buffet Cancer Center (Shortlist),   Omaha, NE 2015
Exelon/Constellation – Baltimore Headquarters (Shortlist),   Baltimore, MA 2015
Oklahoma City Pre-qualified Artists Pool   Oklahoma City, OK 2014-15
3rd Annual Juried Members Exhibition: The Arts and Cultural Council Gallery, Rochester 2013
Art Roc NY 2013 Showcase   JGK Galleries 2013
Miami Watercolor Society Annual Competition   Miami, FL 2012
Annual Abstract Competition   My Art Contest 2012
We Are One  Bridge Gallery  University of Rochester 2011
1st Annual Juried Summer Exhibition   2011
Arts and Cultural Center Gallery  Rochester 2011
The Artist's Magazine  28th Annual Art Competition 2011
Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters Annual Show 2008-09
Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters Under Open Skies Exhibition 2008
Genesee Country Village Museum John L. Wehle Gallery 2008

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Canvas Impressions, The Little Cafe Rochester, NY 2024
Sans Brushes, Nu Movement Studio Rochester, NY 2023
Of Gatherings and Asterisms Etched in Stone
Geisel Gallery Legacy Tower Rochester, NY
Americana Winery   Interlaken, NY 2014
Bausch + Lomb Global Optics Center, Rochester, NY 2013-14
First Federal Open House, First Federal Plaza, Rochester, NY 2013
A Seasonal Consideration, Red Tail Ridge Winery, Penn Yan, NY  2013
Vis Exemplum, Nature's Patterns   2012
Arts Council For Wyoming County    Perry, NY 2012
Triptychs - Evolving Acts and Gestures  Black Radish Studio 2012
Journeys on Canvas, A Discovery of Freedom   Chait Fine Art Gallery 2011
Structural Spontaneity The Arts and Cultural Center Gallery 2010
Vinifera Chait Fine Art Gallery 2010
The Landmark Society of Western New York Inside Downtown Tour 2009, 2007
Chait Fine Art Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions

Blue The Mill Art Center and Gallery Honeoye Falls, NY 2023
For Love of Art Exhibition
The Mill Art Center& Gallery Honeoye Falls, NY
Member's Spring Exhibition
The Mill Art Center& Gallery Honeoye Falls, NY
Instructor – Student Exhibition
The Mill Art Center& Gallery Honeoye Falls, NY
Arena Art Group Celebrates 70 Years in Making
Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology
Arena @ The Mill
The Mill Art Center & Gallery Honeoye Falls, NY
Hues of Hope Invitational
Norchar Gallery Rochester
Rotating Arts Program
Bausch + Lomb Global Optics Center Rochester
Explorations: A Visual Conversation The Dyer Arts Center Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester 2016
Early Spring Invitational – Corks and Contemporary Tones on Park Ave! Norchar and Banas Galleries Rochester 2017
Arena at R
Gallery R Rochester
Intersections of Form, Color, Time and Space (Duo show)
The Dyer Arts Center   Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
What's New With Arena, I Square Visions Gallery, Rochester, NY 2014
Arena Visions, The Geisel Gallery  Bausch + Lomb Tower, Rochester, NY 2014
Arena at St. John Fisher, O'Keefe Ross Gallery St. John Fisher Coll. Rochester, NY 2013
6 X 6 Rochester Contemporary Art Center 2013
Connections University Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology 2013
RoCo Members Exhibition, Rochester Contemporary Art Center 2013
Essential, The Gathering Art Show On Broadway
Dacia Gallery New York City
The Arena Art Group Exhibition  2012
Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34  Finger Lakes Community College 2012
4 Expressions  Black Radish Studio 2012
Fall - Winter Art Exhibition  Tap and Mallett          2011
Annual Studio Exhibition The Steve Carpenter Gallery and Art Center 2010-11
AIA Rochester Architects as Artists Exhibition 2010-11
The Arts and Cultural Center Gallery 2010
Gallery 821 3rd Anniversary Show Gallery 821 2010
The Advocacy Center Night of Hot Jazz and Cool Art 2010
The Memorial Art Gallery 2010
Rochester Art Supply Invitational High Falls Art Gallery 2011-12
AIA Rochester Architects as Artists Exhibition Bausch and Lomb Gallery 2009
Featured in Architectural Record Online Galleries 2009
Land, Sea and Sky Exhibition High Falls Art Gallery 2008
Circle Exhibition High Falls Art Gallery 2008
Fall Showcase Cascade Art Center 2008
Our Town Exhibition High Falls Art Gallery 2008
Steve Carpenter Gallery and Art Center Invitational  2008
The Steve Carpenter Gallery and Art Center 2008


"Meet Artist Stu Chait: Creating Abstract Watercolors Inspired by Architecture and Nature" North Chili Neighbors Magazine 2021
"Artists to Look Out For" Starry Nights  2014
"Art | Intersections: Form, Space, Time + Color" City Newspaper  2014
"Rochester artists converge thoughts and expression at NTID Dyer Arts Center" RIT University News  2014
“Rochester area artist Stu Chait to exhibit at Red Tail Ridge Winery” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 2013
“RIT’s University Gallery presents ‘Connections’ exhibit” RIT University News 2013
“JGK Galleries' Art Roc Show 2013 Showcase"City Newspaper  2013
"Local Color”   Rochester Magazine 2013
Everything Is Art  Special Edition 2012
ART  SPOTLIGHT   Hospitality Design 2012
GALLERY SPOTLIGHT   Metropolitan 2011
"Architect Stu Chait Turns To More Abstract Art"    Westside News 2011
GALLERY SPOTLIGHT   Rochester 2010
GALLERY SPOTLIGHT   Metropolitan 2010
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT   Rochester Democrat And Chronicle 2010
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT   Judson's Plein Air Outfitters 2010
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT   Phil Levine Workshops 2009
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT   Rochester Democrat And Chronicle 2007
"The Art of the Summer House"    Rochester Magazine 2006
"Art Glass   Is It Art, Or Is It Glass? Why Not Both?"    GGW Vignettes 2004
"Designer Furniture: Is There A Difference? Advice From The Experts" 1989
City Newspaper 1989

Teaching, Demonstrations & Workshops

The Mill Art Center & Gallery Honeoye Falls, NY
Adjunct Professor: Master of Architecture Program, Rochester Institute of Technology
Chili Art Group, Rochester, NY
Penfield Art Association, Rochester, NY
Pittsford Art Group, Rochester, NY
Creative Wellness Coalition, Rochester, NY
AIA Rochester

Non Exclusive Representation

DAC Hospitality   Atlanta

Private Individual & Corporate Collections: CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MA, NY, PA, TN, VA, New Zealand

Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester 
All About Home Care
The Veteran's Outreach Center
The Advocacy Center of Rochester
AIDS Rochester 
The Center For Disability Rights
Aurora House
Ronald McDonald House of Rochester


Born November 11, 1957, Rochester, New York


B. Architecture w/ High Honors
School of Architecture   University of Tennessee, 1979


1st Prize AIA Rochester Membership Directory Cover Contest 2018
Finalist The Artist's Magazine 28th Annual Art Competition 2011
Judge's Award   Annual Show Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters 2008