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!

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.

Photo by Brandon Vick Photography LLC

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.

What to do around Rochester for spring break


So you are staying in Rochester for spring break. Maybe you need to do homework and stay at school. Maybe you blew all your money on Chipotle instead of saving for that trip to Mexico like you wanted. Whatever the reason, staying in Rochester does not have to be dull. There’s tons to do around town all week, it’s just a matter of knowing what’s out there. There’s a whole world of music, food, museums and entertainment for the discerning RIT student to enjoy.


If you are looking to enrich yourself, Rochester has a number of museums that are always showing something new. For example, the George Eastman Museum will be holding a tintype photography workshop, where participants have their portraits done using an early camera. The Eastman Museum also has several special exhibitions on display right now.

If you’re looking more in the realm of the sciences, Rochester Museum and Science Center always has some interesting exhibits and events. This weekend, March 11, the Cumming Nature Center will be having a demonstration of how to tap a maple tree for sap. For something a little more out of this world, the Strasenburgh Planetarium has various shows going on all week. It’s not all educational material, either. On Saturdays in March, the planetarium runs laser shows based around the music of Radiohead and the Dave Matthews Band.

The Strong Museum of Play is great for those who want to indulge the inner child. Their collections include all sorts of exhibits totally devoted to play, and are entertaining whether you are 2 or 22. Especially interesting for many of us here at RIT is the simply massive collection of video games from every era.

There are plenty of other historical landmarks and museums around Rochester. Some good spots to check out are Mount Hope Cemetery, the Susan B. Anthony house, Memorial Art Gallery, and Gallery R. These are all open throughout break, and often have special exhibits depending on the time of year.


While it is supposed to be cold this weekend, a thick coat and some hot coffee can get you through a walk in one of the many City and State Parks in the area. There are over 3,500 acres of parks in Rochester. There are also a number of beautiful New York State Parks in the region, such as Watkins Glen, Letchworth, or Stony Brook. These are all open this time of year and offer some great hiking opportunities, no matter what the temperature is.


Even though RIT will be mostly closing down for the week, this is far from the case for the City of Rochester. A number of events will be happening over the course of the week. One major event is the Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is happening Saturday, March 11. This will run along East Ave throughout the morning. Other events in the area include Amerks games and concerts, if parades aren’t your thing.

Night Life

Rochester has plenty to offer if you’re looking for entertainment after dark. Areas like East and Alexander and the South Wedge have a number of restaurants, bars and clubs to go to. Popular spots include Murphy’s Law, Butapub, or The Daily Refresher. Even closer to campus in places like Lovin Cup, Shramrocks, Texas BBQ in Park Point offer some fun within walking distance to campus. Many places will be doing St Patrick’s Day specials that Friday as well, offering food and drink specials. Just remember, you should always designate a driver or take a cab if you plan on participating in the festivities. The luck of the Irish will only get you so far, but certainly not out of a DUI charge. 


Rochester has a lively music scene, with a number of concerts happening around town every single night. These range from huge acts at the Blue Cross Arena to small bands playing venues like the Bug Jar. Even Lovin’ Cup in Park Point hosts regular shows, hosting both local and national bands. The hard part is sifting through the dozens of concerts to find the one you want to go to, and trust me you will find one. Great resources for finding concerts are sites like bandsintown.com, which has a pretty exhaustive list of all the bands coming to Rochester and the surrounding areas. As you can see, the period between March 11 and 19 takes up quite a bit of space. On top of sites like this, it’s always a good idea to keep your ears open online as well, regularly checking band social media pages and the events pages of local venues. You never know when your favorite band might be coming to town. On top of popular music acts, you can never go wrong with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which performs regularly in downtown Rochester.

This makes up only a fraction of what is going on over the break. Make sure to keep an eye out for more events, concerts, museums, and more. Rochester has a lot to offer no matter what you want to do. Whether you want to quietly reflect on a piece of art or dance the night away, the only thing you need to do is get out there and find it.

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


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


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


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.


Benjamin Entner: Drawings, “inflating” ideas beyond conventions


The art galleries on campus continue their streak of displaying incredible works of extraordinary artists. Benjamin Entner, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Art History at SUNY Oswego, is one such artist. Entner, accompanied by his students Vanesa Minges (teaching assistant) and Holly Spiess (research assistant) were at Bevier Gallery last weekend to set up his solo exhibition and we went behind the scenes of “Benjamin Entner: Drawings” to find out more.


Though the name suggests drawings, Entner’s idea of drawings will undoubtedly surprise you. The concept is not only unconventional but also entertaining. Can you guess what could be so special about this show? Let me give you a hint, Entner has a MFA in Sculpture and a BA in Renaissance and Medieval Studies. An obvious guess would be Renaissance inspired sculptures, however, that’s not all. Entner blends these two areas with his artistic sarcasm and prolific exploration of two and three dimensional methods of making.


The artwork is in an inflated form that resemble drawings but with a twist. These huge objects show Entner’s fascination of his diverse interests like children literature, aquatic life, architecture etc. His drawing tools include more than just pencils and colors. The setting is a perfect example of when art meets humor and creates something playful yet innocent, simple yet complex, obvious yet thought-provoking! It was another great behind the scenes experience with the artist Benjamin Entner, CIAS Gallery Director John Aäsp, Bevier Gallery Coordinator Shane Durgee and his student assistant Kasey Bartusek.

IMG_9695Visit Bevier Gallery this Friday, Feb 24, at 5 p.m. for the opening reception to see what magic Entner unfolds. Still curious? Check out the preview video!

“Where We Stand,” a glimpse into the world of photojournalism

The cold weather and heavy coursework is catching up to many of us, but for the students at RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS), this is probably the most critical and fun part of the year as their capstone projects and Master’s theses are showcased at William Harris Gallery. The first one in the series this year is “Where We Stand,” a collection of photojournalism senior capstone projects. An opening reception was hosted on Feb. 9, which attracted a very unique audience.

“Where We Stand” is about perspective. Each project shows a different angle of looking at things from a photojournalist’s viewpoint. The students have successfully brought the stories of their subjects to life through these photographs and videos. There are stories of people belonging to different groups like cycling (Paving the Way, Meg Oliphant) and dancing (When Our Journey Splits, Paula Ospina) as well as individual focused projects about a hockey player (Hayley’s Dream, Jenn March), a curling enthusiast (Throwing Stones, Flannery Allison) and Getty Images’ photographer Al Bello (Eyes of Gold, Michael Owens) and the isolated lifestyle of an island with an year-round population of 30 (Isle au Haut, Dominique Hessert).

The show gives a feeling of stepping into small, different worlds set up within the gallery. Every story that you see here takes you on a mini adventure and gives you a peek into the lives of these people. The efforts of these participating students in creating such an experience is praiseworthy. They not only spent the summer and fall terms of their senior year in planning their stories, but they also became a part of the lives of all the people involved. This amazing relationship between the photographers and their subjects could be seen when most of them attended the opening reception. Alex from our team was able to gather some great pictures from the reception. Check them out below!


I, on behalf of RIT Behind the Bricks, would like to congratulate the students for their outstanding contribution. The William Harris Gallery will continue to showcase “Where We Stand” until March 3.