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The art of the campus

“Allegory of a Landscape” by Frans Wildenhain Lobby, Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union

“The Sentinel” by Albert Paley Administration Circle Photos by A. Sue Weisler ’93

RIT’s connection to the fine arts dates to 1829 and the founding of the Rochester Athenaeum “to enrich the
cultural life of the community.” Mechanics Institute, which merged with Rochester Athenaeum in 1891, introduced a fine arts curriculum in 1886.

Over the subsequent years, RIT has expanded its art collection to include hundreds of pieces, many of which can be found in offices, hallways and public spaces throughout the campus. When RIT moved to its current location in 1968, one percent of the costs were set aside for the purchase of fine art. Some of RIT’s most prominent pieces were acquired, including large works by world-renowned artists including Josef Albers, Henry Moore, Jose de Rivera, Alistair Bevington and Harry Bertoia.

On these pages are a just few of the pieces that flavor the RIT environment.

Josef Albers, Squares (detail) Eastman Building Lobby

 

“Three Bronze Planters” by Harry Bertoia Atrium, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences building

 

“Brick Mural” by Josef Albers forms a dramatic backdrop for fourth-year computational/industrial math student Mark Schindlbeck. Nancy and Bruce Bates Science Study Center, Gosnell Building

 

“Sundial” by Alistair Bevington Courtyard, residence complex

 

“Walking Bench” by Yeo Jung Chung ’03 (M.F.A.) being enjoyed by second-year student Jeffrey Ralls Jr. Exterior, Mark Ellingson Hall

 

“Construction #105” by Jose de Rivera, Academic Quad

 

“Three Piece Reclining Figure #1” (detail) by Henry Moore, Max Lowenthal Building entrance

 

“Tapestry” (detail) by Donald Bujnowski Allen Memorial Chapel, Schmitt Interfaith Center

 

“Granite Floor Mural” (detail) by Larry Kirkland, Bruce and Nora James Atrium, Gosnell Building

 

“Clock” by Alejandro Fernandez-Veraud Student Alumni Union

 

“Split Cube” by Carl Zollo Johnson Building entrance

 

“RIT Bengal Tiger” by D.S.H. Wehle Walkway near Wallace Library

Tour the collection in person, in print, or online RIT’s extensive art collection will be highlighted in a new book and redesigned Web site coming in October.

View It! The Art and Architecture of RIT, being published by RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Press, will feature color photographs and background information on about two dozen works. Designed to serve as a visitor’s guide, the book contains a map showing where each piece is located.

“Boats” by Clifford Ulp Academic Senate Office, George Eastman Building

The new Web site is being prepared by the staff of the RIT Archives and Special Collections and the Wallace Library Web designer. It will include photos and information on hundreds of artworks – including many that are seldom seen by the public. There will be an interactive map and expanded search capabilities allowing viewers to find items easily.

“We want to show more than just what you see walking around campus,” says RIT Archivist Becky Simmons. “RIT has a large and diverse art collection. The Web site will illuminate what we have and why we have it.”

The new site will be accessible at http://artoncampus.rit.edu. To learn more about the book, go to http://wally.rit.edu/cary/