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College of Imaging Arts and Sciences celebrates century mark

The test of time is a common measure of success. In that spirit, the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences celebrates the triumphs that are responsible for several of its long-standing programs.

The 2002-03 academic year marks 100 years since the creation of a fine arts department, which served as the origin for RIT's School of Art and School of Design. It was within that same period that the first photography class was introduced – the seed that germinated into the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.

“We have a great story to tell,” says Joan Stone, CIAS dean. “By commemorating these milestones, there's an opportunity to assure support for future programs within our college. It's an opportunity we simply can't miss.”

Massimo Vignelli

The college is sponsoring a series of centennial events. Activities include various art, design and photographic exhibitions on campus at SPAS Gallery and Bevier Gallery, and at Gallery r on Park Avenue in downtown Rochester.

One of the recent highlights has been a visit to RIT by world-renowned designer Massimo Vignelli sponsored by the School of Design. He was granted an honorary doctorate of fine art during a presentation on Nov. 8.

Vignelli, a native of Italy, is the co-founder and president of Vignelli Associates and chief executive officer of Vignelli Designs in New York. His work has been published and exhibited throughout the world and included in the permanent collections of noted museums.

School of Art alumni will be welcomed back to campus Dec. 6–8 for a weekend of events. Those attending will be treated to a special banquet, studio tours, a student art sale and a pair of exhibitions featuring artwork by alumni and past faculty members.

In spring, SPAS will take center stage during a salute to 100 years of photography. Events include a weekend celebration for photo alumni and a special exhibit of images spanning the century.

For more information contact Deb McKinzie at 585-475-2128.