Recent Artwork by Frank Argento in CIAS Dean’s Gallery
Closing reception will be held April 27
April 13, 2012
by Marcia Morphy
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Artistic expression can be seen and felt throughout RIT’s sprawling community. One example is by award-winning, multi-dimensional artist Frank Argento, associate professor of arts and imaging studies at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
The College of Imaging Arts and Sciences Dean’s Gallery is hosting “Frank Argento: Selections of Recent Work” through April 28. A closing reception will be held 4 to 7 p.m. April 27.
On view are four distinct and insightful themes: “POP Icons,” inspired by musicians, singers and artists; “Dolls Come to Life,” a study in fantasy; “Innovators,” oil portraits of Rochester’s greatest visionaries; and “Experimental Drawings,” a collection of work on paper that delves into emotional and aesthetic experimentation.
“I consider myself a multidimensional artist,” Argento explains. “Although my favorite tool is the pencil, I’m equally comfortable with pastels, oils and acrylics. What I’m after is transformative, expressionistic; spontaneity; the gesture; the spirit of the image. I like to express my feelings about life while combining realism with fantasy.”
Argento grew up in Rochester and is an RIT alumnus who recieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree. He joined the RIT faculty in 1965 and has held various positions in instructional design, research and technology and teaching. During his career, Argento has established a television production company, a marketing communications firm and an advertising agency. He is also the author of two books.
For more information, contact the artist at 585-729-8081 or go to www.frankargentoart.com.