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Alumni Highlights: Heart and Soul

A painting by Gary Lessord ’74 (graphic design) has achieved considerable prominence in the past year. “Creative Splendor” was featured in an international exhibit designed as a memorial to the Sept. 11 attacks. Held at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City, the exhibit was sponsored by the Society of Illustrators.

The work, a vivid depiction of Jesus surrounded by eagles, lions, whales, tropical fish, lush vegetation, and the heavens, also was exhibited in an invitational show during May 2001 in the United States Senate Rotunda. In April this year, “Creative Splendor” was part of an Easter showcase attended by more than 20,000 people at First Baptist Church of Orlando, Fla. “Creative Splendor” also has been featured in Create Magazine, Décor and Art Trends.

Lessord, who lives in Orlando, grew up in the Rochester area and has painted Biblical themes throughout his life. His 1979 work, “Crucifixion,” has been widely exhibited. For more on his work, go to www.garylessord.com.

Information for Alumni Highlights may be submitted to Kathy Lindsley, University News Services, RIT, Building 86, 132 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623 or via e-mail to kjlcom@rit.edu.