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All in the family
A photographic exhibit by two RIT grads is intended to raise awareness about a widely misunderstood developmental disorder. “Annie O, 24 Years of a Girl’s Life with Autism” features work of David O’Neill ’71 and Dana O’Neill ’72 (both photo illustration).

One of their daughters, Rose, followed them to RIT, graduating in 2001 (fine art photography). Their other daughter, Annie, is the subject of the exhibit.

Dana, Annie David and Rose O'Neill
The O'Neill's: From left are Dana, Annie, David, and Rose at the opening of their exhibit.

David O’Neill hopes the exhibit will change public perception about autism and illustrate the need for increased services for people like Annie. “There are very few services in Vermont for young adults with autism,” he says. “Early intervention and education are critical, but continuing education, meaningful employment and independent housing options are just as important.”

The exhibit will be on display until Sept. 5 at Northlight Digital, Tip Top Media Arts Building in White River Junction, Vt., is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.northlightdigital.com or call (802) 280-1888.

Through ‘The Gates’
In February, the world watched as 7,500 saffron-hued drapes unfurled from the steel frames stretching through New York City’s Central Park. The latest work by famed artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, “The Gates” captured the attention of New Yorkers and the national media.

The project occupied James A. Langone ’70 (photography) for two years. He was hired to document the manufacture of 15,000 steel bases created for Christo and Jeanne-Claude by the Charles C. Lewis Co. in Springfield, Mass.

RIT alum Jim Langione
Jim Langione '70 at "The Gates" in Central Park.

Langone, who was on hand to unfurl one of the gates in Central Park, was impressed by the final result. “I thought I was prepared for it, but once you’re there, it’s all around you. The water is gray, the sky is gray and there is this wonderful sea of saffron-orange.”

Langone operates a commercial photography business in Springfield and also teaches photography at Springfield Technical Community College.

Good PR
Kevin Ptak ’04 (professional and technical communications) this spring was named the William Doescher Outstanding Public Relations Master’s Degree Student at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The award recognizes outstanding academic performance, demonstrated abilities as a practitioner, and exceptional promise in the field of public relations.

Ptak will receive an M.S. degree in public relations in August 2005.