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    "The opening of the Dyer Arts Center is a milestone in NTID's history," says Robert Davila, RIT Vice President for NTID "Art is a very important part of the culture of deaf people. Art is a means of expression and a means of communication."

Chuck Baird ‘74 discusses his 1992 painting, “Tyger, Tyger.”

    The gleaming 7,000-square-foot, bi-level exhibit space was created in what was once a courtyard in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Building. The new facility, which opened Oct. 27, 2001, is named for Joseph Dyer and the late Helen Dyer, who donated the lead gift of $2.5 million to fund the development and construction of the center. Contributions of $500,000 from Elizabeth "Cookie" Williams, and $300,000 from Ray Ohringer helped make the facility a reality.

Justin Drawbaugh, left, a fourth-year information technology student, and Chris Kirm, a fourth-year computer graphics major, react to paintings by Charles Wildbank. (Photo courtesy Democrat and Chronicle.)

    The center houses NTID's permanent collection of works by deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing artists as well as changing exhibits mounted several times a year. The inaugural invitational show featured the work of seven artists with close ties to the college: RIT alumni Chuck Baird '74, Rita Straubhaar '91, Ron Trumble '79, and Carl Zollo '52; NTID associate professor Paula Grcevic; Morris Broderson; and Charles Wildbank.

    For more information, visit the center's Web site: www.rit.edu/NTID/DyerArts.

Benefactors Elizabeth “Cookie” Williams and Joseph Dyer chat at the opening of the Dyer Arts Center.

Shown here are works from the opening exhibit of the Dyer Arts Center, as well as some from the permanent collection of works by deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing artists.

“Left and Right” Chuck Baird ’74


“Lillies with Scarf” Morris Broderson

“Love” Charles Wildbank

“Table” Ron Trumble ’79

Carl Zollo ’52

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