Campus Events and Activities
RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center opens 2017 with three simultaneous exhibits
January 27, 2017 - 9:00am - March 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
The Dyer Arts Center, located in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, starts the new year with three exhibits opening Friday, Jan. 27.
The first, (Re)Invention, a traveling exhibition from the Kennedy Center, is designed to give visibility to the work of artists with disabilities throughout the United States. The exhibit presents artists whose work exemplifies themes of renewal and self-discovery. From the unexpected whimsy of an animation, to a bold series of self-portraits, this work is intended to engage, challenge and delight viewers. Collectively, these works of art seek to captivate and ask visitors to explore ideas of self, community, legacy and collective memory.
“The aim of this exhibit is to broaden our understanding of disability and the arts and to create new contexts,” said Tabitha Jacques, Dyer Arts Center director. “These 15 artists give us examples of how art can be used to rewrite a personal narrative. They are present in their community and in the world, and are motivated to use their creativity to send a strong message of inclusion and unity in the arts.”
The exhibit runs through March 4. One of the artists, Victoria Dugger, will be at the Dyer for an artist workshop on March 3, along with hard-of-hearing RIT alumna and artist Rea Walsh. Students from Rochester School for the Deaf also will attend the workshop, which will be followed by a reception 5-7 p.m.
For more information on the Kennedy Center’s (Re)Invention exhibit, visit: https://vsainternational.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/re-invention-exhibition-features-15-outstanding-young-artists-with-disabilities/.
The faculty artists from RIT/NTID’s Visual Communication Studies Department will exhibit works from their personal collections Jan. 27 to Feb. 25, with an opening reception Jan. 27.
The third exhibit, “Shakespeare in American Deaf History,” will run Jan. 27 to March 4. In conjunction with RIT/NTID’s Performing Arts program and RIT’s Cary Collections, programming will accompany this exhibit such as deaf actress Monique Holt on Feb. 1, and 5-7 p.m. Feb. 17 a performance by RIT/NTID’s traveling theater troupe Sunshine 2.0 with a presentation by director and performer Fred Beam on Diversity/People of Color in Deaf Theatre, with a special focus on Shakespeare.
For more information on these exhibits, visit the Dyer Arts Center website: https://www.rit.edu/ntid/dyerarts/exhibitions_current.
RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center to premiere retrospective by world-renowned artist Ann Silver
March 3, 2017 - 4:00pm - April 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
A world premiere look at the career of internationally known artist Ann Silver’s deaf-centric work will be on display in the Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf from March 3 to April 22. A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the arts center.
Silver, who was born deaf, is a founding member of the historic Deaf Art Movement of the 1960s and 1970s that preceded the De’VIA movement, which represents deaf artists and perceptions based on their deaf experiences. She is an advocate for the recognition and inclusion of deaf art in both the art world and in academia. Her work has been displayed in exhibits around the country, including at the Central Intelligence Agency/CIA Gallery in Virginia; the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas; the Deaf Way international arts festival in Washington, D.C.; and the First National Deaf Art Touring Exhibit.
Silver has published and lectured widely. Her visual arts background is varied, including book jackets, logos, studio art, graphics, greeting cards, Deaftoons and art direction. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commercial art from Gallaudet University and master’s degree from New York University. After working as a designer/art director for major book publishing companies in Manhattan, Silver moved back home to Seattle, where she created her most iconic work as a master of Deaf Pop Art. Most recently, she and Jim Van Manen, assistant professor in the Department of ASL-English Interpretation at Columbia College Chicago, have formed an art/design partnership named Silver Moon Brand.
“We are honored to be able to showcase this retrospective in the Dyer Arts Center,” said Tabitha Jacques, director of the center. “It’s rare that we can do an exhibit that documents how an artist’s work has evolved over the decades. Ann Silver’s periods are so unique and different, and are influenced by the cultural events of each decade.”
Silver’s biography, Ann Silver: One Way, Deaf Way, contains more than 200 images of her art. For more information about Silver’s art or her biography, go to her Facebook page or her website at www.SilverMoonBrand.com.
Spring Open House
April 14, 2017 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
All prospective students and their families are invited to spend a day on the RIT campus. Open House is an exciting and informative experience—a chance to meet with representatives from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid as well as faculty from our academic departments. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet current students and take a guided tour of our campus. And when you visit and decide to apply to RIT, we will waive your $60 application fee.
Spring Open House
April 28, 2017 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
All prospective students and their families are invited to spend a day on the RIT campus. Open House is an exciting and informative experience—a chance to meet with representatives from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid as well as faculty from our academic departments. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet current students and take a guided tour of our campus. And when you visit and apply to RIT, we will waive your $60 application fee.