the art is
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
Baird 74 discusses his 1992 painting, Tyger,
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.
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.)
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.
more information, visit the center's Web site: www.rit.edu/NTID/DyerArts.
Elizabeth Cookie Williams and Joseph Dyer chat at
the opening of the Dyer Arts Center.