RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center features “Beyond Form” exhibit

Deaf Space, a multi-colored acrylic and pastel piece created by artist Tracey Salaway.

A new exhibit at the Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf features the artwork of deaf artists during Beyond Form: Non-Objective Art, which runs through April 21. An opening reception at the gallery will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 30, and a curatorial presentation by guest curator Brenda Schertz is scheduled for 4–6 p.m. April 20. All events are free and open to the public.

Beyond Form: Non-Objective Art explores the work of deaf artists in a wide range of media and, according to Schertz, provides viewers scope to use their imaginations in interpreting what is—or is not— perceived in images beyond their forms.

More than 15 professional artists are participating in the exhibition, all are deaf or hard of hearing, and five of the artists are RIT/NTID alumni. It is believed to be the first effort in bringing abstract art together by deaf artists. 

“The diversity of deaf artists in this exhibit have demonstrated ‘visual poetry’ through their masterful manipulation of and experimentation with texture, composition and color,” said Schertz, a lecturer in the ASL Program at the University of Rochester. “Their works seem to take on a meditative power. Visual rhythm—through repetition or movement—seems to convey a sense of musicality. Sound is referenced, not as limited to an auditory experience, but as possibly a visual experience. Several artists make references to nature, and it is deeply ingrained in their work. Yet other artists look inward, narrating personal journeys expressing truth, joy or sadness.”

The gallery is located in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall, RIT/NTID, 52 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester. For more information, go to www.rit.edu/ntid/dyerarts/ .