Paintings by Frank Argento at NTID Dyer Arts Ohringer Gallery

Showcase of Rochester innovators on view through June

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Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas are two historic innovators featured in an exhibition of work by local artist Frank Argento, who created ten portraits of men and women with connections to the Greater Rochester Metropolitan area.

The Dyer Arts Center Ohringer Gallery at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Institute for the Deaf will showcase Portraits of Rochester, New York, Innovators through June 30, with an artist reception scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.

“Working from old photographs and writings about their lives, I dramatized my subjects’ inner personality, their pensiveness, pride and accomplishments,” says Argento, associate professor of arts and imaging studies at NTID.

“They serve as a reminder of the important role that Rochester has played in America’s history, and I hope my work will offer viewers an enjoyable art experience.”

Argento grew up in Rochester and earned his bachelor and master degrees in fine arts from RIT. The award-winning, multi-dimensional artist earned the Telly Award in 1993 for his “Facing the Future” video produced for Xerox.

NTID Dyer Arts Center, located on the RIT campus in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Building, is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. For gallery information call (585) 475-6855 or email Robert Baker at