Last Minute Valentine’s Day Shopping: The Right Way

The day of romance, kisses, hugs, and most importantly presents is right around the corner: tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Let’s face it, most of us probably still don’t have a present picked out for our loved ones. We are all busy with classes, it’s hard to make time to the mall to find something special. But time hasn’t run out yet! Don’t settle for a quick run to Wegmans to get  boxed chocolate and flowers. We know there is a time crunch and the clock is ticking. Luckily for you, there is a store right in Global Village where you can get unique, cool, and meaningful presents.

I sat down with Wendy to see what Shop One is all about.

What is Shop One?

Shop One is a store for RIT-made arts, crafts and designs. The majority of the work in the store was made by someone affiliated with RIT. Most of the items are made by alum, but there is some student and staff created items as well.

“People often wonder ‘Why is all this stuff here?’, but it is because these artists have an RIT connection.” We try to have some fun choices here that are affordable for students to buy for themselves, their family members or their friends.”

Why do you think it is important to get unique gifts for Valentine’s Day?

“I think the first thing to do is to come in and explore. You might find something you haven’t even thought of. Each thing in here is personal, a lot of items are handmade. It isn’t that commercial mindset that often is a part of this holiday. There is such a wide variety of approaches at Shop One. If you want to give someone a gift, you think about why you like that person and why they are unique and you kind of want to acknowledge that in your present and it is a great way to show them that you appreciate them. If you go to a commercial store, there is a lot of stuff that is manufactured overseas and you might find something that is inexpensive, but doesn’t have the same feeling.”


What do you have in the store that you think could be great presents?

“We have these student made knitted hats, and the price is pretty good. We have these cool little zip pouches that you cankeep your ID in, and they’re hand made! We have a good selection of cards and Valentine’s Day cards. I think these are cool, we have these origami earrings. We have music boxes, those are really cool. We have some interesting stretch bracelets. We have higher end jewelry, of course, but many times student’s are looking for something a bit more affordable. A lot of the jewelry we have lies in a twenty to thirty dollar range, which isn’t too bad. Those are just some of the things student’s could buy, but I encourage everyone to come in an look to see if there is something that fits the person they are looking for!”


Check out this special deal Shop One is offering for Valentines Day:


The best part of buying your Valentine’s Day gifts at Shop One? They’ll wrap it for you. Head over to Shop One ASAP to find the perfect gift for your loved one.

Singing to an Eight Beat Measure

RIT’s academics are hardly the only thing that the university receives accolades for.

RIT has many student clubs and organizations that have been recognized for excellence both internally and externally. One such organization is Eight Beat Measure, RIT’s very own male A Cappella group. In April, Eight Beat Measure received the prestigious Contemporary A Cappella Society (CARA) award for best Hip Hop song, carried to glory by their 2016 album Polarized. For those of you who do not follow A Cappella closely, the CARA is the A Cappella equivalent to a Grammy. 

Now, if you are asking yourself, “Wait a minute, Hip Hop album? Don’t A Cappella groups just do those silly barbershop quartet songs like in movies?”, you’ve never had the chance to see a modern A Cappella group perform. A Cappella is simply music without instrumental accompaniment. It can be any style of music from the Blues to Jazz to, yes, Hip Hop. To see Eight Beat Measure in action, check out their YouTube account. You can also listen to their music on Spotify, Google Play, and Apple music. This, of course, includes the award winning Polarized.

Polarized, released May 2016, is a collection of covers done by Eight Beat Measure. It has received a fair bit of attention, with their rendition of Usher’s single Scream has been streamed over 77,000 times on Spotify. That’s hardly their best performing song, either, with a song off of a previous release receiving over a QUARTER MILLION streams. Needless to say, the world has heard of Eight Beat Measure.

What does this album sound like, anyway?

It’s not what you may expect from an A Cappella group, especially the barbershop quartet version you may have in your head. It’s smooth, well produced, and thanks to some clever production, sounds like they’re using instruments where they use only their voices. It sounds like a hip hop or modern R&B album – not some sort of corny knock off of one. Of course, that is not to say the album is entirely formulaic, it has a style and charm all its own.

There is a strong element of vocal harmony, as is the expectation with an A Cappella group. These harmonies add rather than detract to songs originally sung by a lone vocalist, especially on tracks such as “Scream” or “Fascinated”. Even when a soloist takes care of the lyrics, the track does not seem empty so to speak. It sounds like there is a full band backing up each track, even though it is only the voices of the various members of Eight Beat Measure. This is best heard on their cover of “Uptown Funk”, which stays extremely true to the original version.

You might think that in the wake of all this success, that Eight Beat Measure would be more than happy to sit back and enjoy their success.

This could not be any further from the truth. The group is already hard at work planning what is next in the weeks and months ahead. In the short term, you can expect a new song to be coming out. Their new single “Forgiven”, originally performed by Kwabs, will be dropping soon. Further out, Eight Beat Measure plans on attending several international A Cappella festivals and competitions. Chief among these will be International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), which will take Eight Beat Measure down to New York City. The group will be performing closer to home during the upcoming school year as well, so keep an eye out for Eight Beat Measure near campus.

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:
UG_2017Reema Aldossari, Priyanka Brambarkar, Yi Feng, Shi-Hsuan Kelly, Nicholas Miclette, Spar Patton, Wenjing Qi, Kaining Qiu, Elizabeth Stegner, Jiahe Tian, Hui-Yu Yang, Yue Zhang and Runhao Zhao. These projects show great innovation and creativity in the conceptualization, design and development of competitive products in collaboration with industry sponsors. Each display is comprised of detailed posters explaining the motivation and approach along with a prototype of the product itself.

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.


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.


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.


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!