Attend Gallery r Benefit Auction March 29 and Take Home a Piece of Art

RIT’s student-run gallery celebrates 13 years of artistic endeavors

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Typhlotic Palpus, 2011, blown and painted glass, mixed media by Robin Cass

Art patrons and supporters of Gallery r—Rochester Institute of Technology’s student-run gallery—celebrate a panorama of the arts with its annual gala auction fundraising event.

The Gallery r Benefit will be held March 29 at RIT’s Dyer Arts Center, in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. A reception with live music by Lake Effect, light hors d’oeuvres, desserts and cash bar will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., and an art drawing with emcee Norma Holland, WHAM-TV (channel 13) news anchor, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.

All ticket holders who attend the annual Gallery r benefit will leave with a beautiful work of art donated by RIT friends, students, alumni and faculty—signature pieces that may be worth more than the $100 benefit ticket price.

“Gallery r has hosted more than a decade of gala fundraiser events after outgrowing our Park Avenue gallery facilities,” says Zerbe Sodervick, Gallery r coordinator and director of extended studies at RIT. “Annual benefits include upscale restaurants, hotels, corporate dining spaces and RIT campus galleries.

“The Rochester cultural community, RIT and friends have loyally supported this delightful celebration of the arts. This year the benefit profits will go directly toward assisting Gallery r’s new facility at 100 College Ave. in the Neighborhood of the Arts.”

Gallery r sits adjacent to Lumiere Photo, home to Spectrum Gallery, and is just a few yards from the Memorial Art Gallery and Village Gate. The gallery space is under the helm of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and offers students the same challenges and expectations that confront established artists—focusing on diverse exhibitions, educational opportunities and collaborations with the public, other arts institutions and community groups.

Tickets to the Gallery r Benefit are $100 and each ticket admits two people and is good for one piece of artwork. For information, call 585-475-5154 or; for a preview of artwork, go to