Romanticism Contemporary-Style on Display at RIT’s SPAS Gallery

Nationally juried exhibition features the work of 22 artists; reception on Friday, Dec. 14

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Romantic art of the late 18th century was characterized as highly imaginative and subjective, with an emotional intensity and a dreamlike or visionary quality to it. And the provocative themes and subjects of Romanticism continue to resonate in art today, as evidenced in a new exhibition at the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.

“Romanticism Restaged: The Romantic Impulse in Contemporary Art” will be on view at SPAS Gallery from Dec. 10 through Jan. 4, with an artist reception scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.

SPAS Gallery director Therese Mulligan says, “What we wanted to showcase was the conflicting role of nature in a technologically advancing world and the re-emergence of romantic concepts of individualism, beauty, emotion, and the meaning of aesthetic experience for both the artist and the viewing audience.”

A nationally juried exhibition, “Romanticism Restaged” features the works of 22 artists who engage these romantic considerations in a variety of media, including painting, photography, artists’ books and multi-media installations.

The “Romanticism Restaged” exhibition appears in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary humanities conference, “The Fate of Romanticism: From Faust to the Present,” to be held on the RIT campus from Thursday, Dec. 13, to Saturday, Dec. 15. To learn more about the conference events and sessions, visit

SPAS Gallery, located on the third floor of the Frank E. Gannett Building, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call Therese Mulligan at (585) 475-2884.

The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology is the primary venue for photography in western New York State. It offers an academic calendar of exhibitions by visiting artists, faculty and advanced students, artists’ talks, master classes and portfolio reviews. For information, call Gallery Director Therese Mulligan at 585-475-2884.