Gallery Hop returns!

Did you miss the RIT’s first Gallery Hop last month? Not to worry, because College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) is hosting their second Gallery Hop event! The William Harris, Bevier and University Galleries will be showcasing the second part of MFA theses by students from various schools in CIAS. The MFA theses exhibition series provides a platform WH_2017for the students to share their skills with the public. The effort put in by each student has resulted in some amazing projects.

The first gallery, William Harris Gallery, is located on the third floor of Frank E. Gannett Hall. It will be displaying five MFA theses from the Imaging Arts, Photography and Related Media program in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. The media includes photography, videos and more. The exhibition “alt. facts” will continue to display the works of Jee Young Bang, Dustin Brown, Katie Efstathiou, Robert Gordon and Chen Wang.

Bevier Gallery, located at the second floor of James E. Booth Hall, will be presenting artwork by students from the School of American Crafts and School of Art. The space gives an impression of eight solo BG_2017exhibitions held under one roof. The participating artists are Shane Caryl (Glass), Carter Hopkins (Furniture Design), Joe Lee (Ceramics), Samyuktha Valluru (Metals), Xinhao Yang (Metals), Julia Manson (Metals), Ryan Florey (Ceramics) and Lingfei Zao (Fine Arts Studio).

University Gallery, also located in James E. Booth Hall, will be home to fourteen MFA theses from the School of Design’s Industrial Design program:
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The first Gallery Hop event marked the beginning of RIT’s own art tradition. Tonight, the RIT community will be able to meet these emerging artists/creators and get to know more about their work at the opening reception, held at all three locations from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Dynamic Library: Celebrating the change at Cary’s

RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection is known for its collection of books and archives surrounding the history of printing, graphic design, typography, calligraphy and more. This year, Cary Collection is hosting “The Dynamic Library”, an exhibition showcasing their recent acquisitions of graphic arts history.

This exhibition gives insight into Cary Collection’s transition to a “dynamic” library. The oldest artifacts included in the display date back to 17th century. Some of the interesting acquisitions include the 1994 model of Apple Newton MessagePad, Apple’s first commercial tablet, regarded as a stepping stone into the world of digital tablets. The tablet itself along with its packaging is on display at the exhibition.

Another item on display is the “Uncommon Press”, designed and manufactured by five RIT students in 2016. The “Uncommon Press” is a working reconstruction of a wooden printing press from c. 1780, designed to fill the missing piece in the collection of nineteen other working presses in the Cary Collection. Another printing press within the exhibition is the Acorn-Frame Printing Press. The press does not include a maker’s mark, however, it is likely that it was created by the Cincinnati Type Foundry c. 1830.

The exhibit hosts many other pieces of printing history such as hand-press printed books, typography, prints, classroom materials, portfolios, etc. This exhibition gives a peek into the evolution of printing over the centuries and the progression toward digital media. “The Dynamic Library” will continue to display until May 30, 2017. Visit this exhibition on 2nd floor of the Wallace Center!

“WAIT A MINUTE” at Gallery r this First Friday

We are already in the second half of the spring semester! This is the time when our art majors showcase their capstone and thesis projects as a part of the annual exhibitions held at William Harris, Bevier Galleries located on campus and Gallery r located in downtown Rochester.

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On April’s First Friday, tonight, Gallery r is opening a group exhibition “WAIT A MINUTE” displaying the thesis projects of nine Fine Arts Studio seniors from the School of Art: Nicole Adsit, Sydney Debruyn, Kali Doubledee, Maddy Jason, Daniel Krull, Holly Lavoy, Kailey Martin, Monica Potter and Samuel Root. The artwork includes a diverse range of mediums such as painting, sculpture, print, photography, video, animation and installation.

The Fine Arts Studio course, led this year by Assistant Professor Eileen Bushnell, encourages the expression of aesthetics and material explorations of autobiographical, cultural, narrative, abstract and environmental themes. The idea is to cultivate the roots of art and prepare the students for the future. This exhibition celebrates this transformation of students to young artists.

The opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gallery r located at 100 College Avenue in downtown Rochester.

Dyer Arts Center celebrates Retrospective by Ann Silver tonight (3/31)

RIT/NTID’s Dyer Arts Center opened “Ann Silver: Deaf Way, Her Way – A Retrospective” on First Friday this month. The exhibition showcasing the deaf-centric works of Ann Silver, an internationally renowned artist, will be on display until April 22. A reception will be held in Silver’s honor tonight, March 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.ASL AND ENGLISH LINGUISTIC XING

Silver is known for her contribution as a founder of the Deaf Art Movement (DAM) during the 1960s-70s. She received her Bachelor’s in Commerical Art from Gallaudet University and an MA from New York University. Her wide range of artwork includes logos, book jackets, studio art, graphics, Deaftoons, greeting cards etc. A variety of these are displayed at Dyer Arts Center for both viewing and sale.DEAF PRIDE its ASL10x8-with signatures

An interesting fact about Silver’s works is that all of them address some sort of a message. Whether it is protest art, political satire or graphic art; each of her pieces are a portrayal of ethics and sociopolitical philosophy infused with creative Deaf-centric Art. Silver’s approach is conscious yet playful. She boldly dives into the “hearing” perception of the “deaf”. Her range road signs artwork show a satirical take on this communication.Adobe Photoshop PDF

Ann Silver’s early works were greatly influenced by Morris Broderson’s artwork. To complement the Retrospective, Dyer Arts Center is also hosting an exhibition “Broderson: Paving Her Way” in the sculpture gallery. Broderson’s artworks have been selected from the Center’s permanent collection and will be open to the public until April 8.

It’s Friday; Go Gallery Hopping at RIT

The College of Imaging Arts and Science showcases the works of MFA and BFA students and faculty every year. Tonight, the University, Bevier and William Harris Gallery will be opening their individual exhibitions as a part of RIT’s Gallery Hop event tonight at each respective gallery. The receptions are open to the public from 5 – 7 p.m. and refreshments will be provided.AMD2017©BTB_Galleries-0824-13-web

University Gallery hosts “Minding the Gap”, an exhibit celebrating the research and creativity of CIAS schools. Each school is represented by an undergraduate student, a graduate student and a faculty member whose work showcases the leading research areas at CIAS. The exhibition is not just demonstrative but also educational in nature. In addition to these CIAS student and faculty projects, a recent project by Imaging Permanence Institute has also joined the displays at University Gallery. The exhibition will be on display until April 14.

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Right across the hall, Bevier Gallery will be showcasing the first of two MFA Thesis Exhibitions. This show will display pieces by seven students of the School of Art and School of American Crafts. Each of these projects is a symbol of individuality and artistry. The French artist Henri Matisse once said “An artist is an explorer”; Bevier Gallery is quite a beautiful place to explore! The show will stay on display through April 8.

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The William Harris Gallery will be showing “Glad to be Wrong”, an annual exhibition featuring thesis projects by Fine Art Photography seniors from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. These works include photographs, videos and installation media to be exhibited through April 7.

This is the first time all three galleries have come together to give visitors a combined experience of knowledge, aspect and thought. Have an exciting Gallery Hop this Friday!

A “Leap Into The Dark”: Vision or Reality?

On First Friday last week, Gallery r opened their new collaborative exhibition. The works of two artists with different expertise in their respective mediums have been joined together to create “Leap Into The Dark”. This fusion of Bradley Butler’s paintings and Mitchell Messina’s sculptures tells an uncommon tale. It is a great opportunity for art lovers in the Rochester area to experience quite a unique exhibition. The show continues to display until March 26.

Bradley Butler is an RIT alumnus who received his MFA in 2010. His art
mainly includes landscape-like paintings that he creates “to disconnect from reality and then to disconnect from the act of painting itself”. As he paints to achieve everything within nothingness, he also hints at the space that exists between reality and imagination. He refers to the series of his paintings showcased at Gallery r as the “Darker/Blacker Phase”. In the beginning of 2016, he started to represent his emotions on canvas with the help of bold dark shades. It is his curiosity to the unknown that inspires these paintings, a poetic depiction of the emotional spaces that a mind dwells in.

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Mitchell Messina, on the other hand, uses his sculptures to show how technology has affected human interaction. Primitive technology was an addendum of the human mind and body, however, with time this addendum has turned into an impediment that limits communication between two individuals. Messina’s male figures represent the self-consumed state of humanity. He sends a loud message that many have been denying for a long time.

Photo by Brandon Vick Photography LLC

The beautiful paradox of this exhibition is that the sculptures represent lack of human interaction and expression, a darkness if you will, and the paintings search for an expression through the darkness. As the title suggests, this exhibition is indeed a journey into the dark. The credit for the idea of bringing these distinct art forms together belongs to Gallery r Director John Aäsp.

Gallery r is located at 100 College Avenue in downtown Rochester and is open from Thursday to Sunday between 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Check out the Gallery r site for more info.

Explore RIT Art Galleries

We are halfway through the semester and spring weather will be here before we know it. This past Friday was the final First Friday of winter! There are still plenty of great opportunities to check out both new and old exhibitions around RIT and Rochester. While University Gallery and Bevier Gallery will continue to display their current exhibitions, Gallery R and Dyer Arts Center will be opening new shows to the public tonight. We gathered a quick summary of all the exhibitions to help you plan an “art tour” for this weekend.

University Gallery

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The University Gallery, located Room 2765 in James E Booth Hall, opened a solo exhibition: Bernard Meyers: Dividing Line – Peru, Urban Renewal and Worlds In Between on Feb. 2. Meyers is a RIT alumnus with a BFA in Photography (1977) and MFA in Printmaking (1990). This exhibition is his own hybrid creation of architectural photography and traditional printmaking. Check it out; it lasts until March 11!

Bevier Gallery

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Bevier Gallery can be found right down the hallway from University Gallery in Booth Hall. It is currently home to another solo exhibition. Benjamin Entner: Drawings is a collection of drawings with an “inflatable” twist. The artwork is composed of three dimensional inflated objects, a unique medium by Entner, a professor at SUNY Oswego. The last day of this exhibition is March 11.

Dyer Arts Center

Ann Silver Retrospective Exhibition Final 2

RIT/NTID’s Dyer Arts Center is situated in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Building. The gallery space is popular for showcasing the work of deaf and hard of hearing artists. This First Friday, Dyer Arts Center is opening a new exhibition Ann Silver: Deaf Way, Her Way – A Retrospective to honor Ann Silver, the only surviving member of the Deaf Art Movement (DAM). Silver has been internationally recognized for her Deaf Art and her projects span a wide spectrum of mediums from posters, book jackets, graphic arts, drawings, logos and more. The exhibition will be open until April 22.

Gallery r

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RIT’s metro art space, Gallery r, is in downtown Rochester at 100 College Avenue. Gallery r has been displaying exhibitions of RIT faculty, students, alumni and visiting artists for over 10 years. On First Friday, Gallery r is hosting an opening reception of a joint exhibition Leap Into The Dark by two local artists Bradley Butler and Mitchell Messina. Butler’s magic lies in canvas whereas Messina’s lies in clay. Witness these two individual expressions come together as one at Gallery r.