Equine fantasies - 158 of them - took up positions on the streets
of greater Rochester this summer in a community project known
as Horses on Parade.
And 15 of the horses have ties to RIT.
|Robert Whiteside '77 and friends
High Falls Brewing Co. organized the project, obtaining the life-size
fiberglass steeds. Local organizations and businesses adopted
them and commissioned artists - ranging from professionals to
school children - to decorate the horses. The herd went on view
in May and remains in place until Sept. 13, when the horses will
be rounded up and sold at a gala public auction with all proceeds
going to Rochester-area charities.
Robert Whiteside '77 spent months painting five ponies. Whiteside
was selected to create horses for Greater Rochester Metro Chamber
of Commerce, Greater Rochester Visitors Association, Clear Channel
Heart of Gold Children's Foundation, Thos. R. Paddock Oriental
Rug Exchange, and NexPress Solutions.
In May, Whiteside and his wife, Madeline, opened the HOP Gallery
to exhibit other work by artists who participated in the Horses
on Parade Project. The gallery is at 151 St. Paul St., Rochester,
in the space where Whiteside painted his horses.
The horse sponsored by RIT was created by eight furniture design
students from the School for American Crafts under the direction
of assistant professor Andy Buck. "Barrel E. Horse" spent the
summer in front of Gallery r, 775 Park Ave., Rochester, an art
gallery operated by RIT.
Other RIT family members who created horses are:
Carl Zollo '52 for the Rochester Chapter of the American Red
Karen Pelc, an M.F.A. student and coordinator of RIT's Alcohol
and Drug Prevention and Education Program, sponsored by Brite
Belinda Bryce, a student and employee of the Learning Development
Center, for PharmHealth Infusion Inc./Camp Soar.
Paula Crawford, an M.F.A. student, for Hoselton Automall.
Maggie Scheid '00, for Ball Corp.
Adjunct faculty member Jacquie Germanow, sponsored by Tel-Tru
Manufacturing Co. and Germanow-Simon Corp.
Jay Lincoln, adjunct faculty, three horses for Rochester Coca-Cola
Bottling Corp., Boulter Group and Excellus Inc.
Kurt Brownell '96 photographed all of the horses for a commemorative
book on the project.
For more information about Horses on Parade, visit the Web
site at www.highfalls.com/hop