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RIT/NTID's Dyer Arts Center is hosting a Collage Art party on Friday, February 26th from 6:00-9:00 PM as part of the Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions Symposium. Led by RIT/NTID alumni and artist Takiyah Harris, attendees will create their very own Sun Solidarity collages. Join us in making friends and art, and learning about art history, including solidarity and Black De'VIA!

Tickets are $20 and cover supplies and light refreshments. Registration is limited to 30 people.

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Featured Events

The RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center will be closing the "Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions" exhibit and Black History month with a symposium. The symposium begins Thursday, February 25th and will run through Saturday, February 27th. All events will take place in the RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center. All events are free, except where noted. The symposium is open to everyone who wants to learn more about topics related to Black Deaf artists and the arts. Many of the artists from "Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions" will be in attendance.  The Schedule of Events for Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions Symposium is up!  Registration is encouraged:

Featured Exhibitions

Illustration BC (Before Computers) by Dick Roberts

Richard "Dick" Roberts is an illustrator and has created images by hand long before computers emerged.  This exhibit showcases selections of Dick's illustrations for various media companies such as the Democrat and Chronicle during his 40 year career.  His works feature cartoons, film strips, graphics, and book and magazine covers which are all are done by hand.  The exhibit opened in the Ohringer Gallery on December 18th, 2015 and will run until February 19, 2016. 

“Illustration today requires the same intelligence and a somewhat bizarre look at the world, even though the tools to create illustrations are different.” Richard Roberts

Dick Roberts received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and worked commercially in the fields of illustration, layout, graphic design, cartooning and painting for such companies as: Owen Publishing, Eastman Kodak Company, Gannett Newspaper, Wards Natural Science, WXXI Television, and in various publications including Highlights Magazine for Children. Upon his retirement, he has continued painting, is a member of the Rochester Art club, and exhibits in numerous art shows throughout New York State.

Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions

The Dyer Arts Center's first ever exhibit celebrating and honoring Black Deaf artists and their works is now open to the public!  Featuring over 100 artworks by Black Deaf Artists from around the world, the exhibit showcases photography, video art, painting, sculptures, drawings, and more! 

The scholarship was established in 2014 in memory of staff interpreter and alumna, Jennifer Van Atta Hayes, a top sign language interpreter who dedicated her career to facilitating communication access for deaf students at RIT and in the Rochester community. Jennifer was an RIT staff interpreter for fifteen years who lived with cancer the last seven years of her life.  Her journey ended last year at the age of 44.

Jennifer loved to travel and provided support for RIT/NTID study abroad experiences, and this endowed scholarship will continue her legacy.

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Gallery Hours 

The Dyer Arts Center is open Mondays-Fridays from 10am to 5pm, Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm for the Spring 2015 semester.  We will open by appointment if the request is made early in advance and if it can be honored.

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