“They are the Rodins, Picassos and Spielberg’s of the future.”
—Deb Kingsbury, RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
Bill Stephens is an art teacher at Webster Schroeder High School, and during his 32-year tenure, he’s seen a lot of talent pass through his classroom. Right now he has 20 students in his Advanced Placement Portfolio Class, three of whom will be showcasing their work in a February exhibition at Rochester Institute of Technology.
“Art has changed with the advances in technology because more reference materials are available to artists,” explains Stephens, who received his Masters of Science in Teaching from RIT in 1974. “For instance, a student who wishes to paint a self-portrait can study their images taken with a digital camera instead of looking into the mirror. Plus there are programs like Photoshop where you can alter or modify the image to enhance quality.”
Middle and high school students from Webster Schroeder to Rush-Henrietta to Wayland-Cohocton and beyond will be participating in RIT’s Rochester-Finger Lakes Regional Exhibition, which opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, at RIT’s Bevier Gallery. The show runs through Feb. 27.
“We are very excited about this exhibit,” says Assistant Dean Deb Kingsbury, from RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, which is hosting the event. “Teachers from across the region have selected what they consider to be three outstanding works of art from their students. It’s important to recognize and encourage the talent of these emerging artists and to salute their very dedicated teachers.”
Bevier Gallery is handicapped-accessible and is located in the James E. Booth Building on RIT’s Henrietta campus. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday; 7 to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday; and 2 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday. All exhibits are free. For more information, call the Bevier Gallery at (585) 475-2646.