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Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions and Roots Out of a Dry Ground: The Life and Work of Andrew Foster exhibits are now open!  Be sure to visit!

Featured Events

December 5th, 2015 is Deaf Studio's first ever Creator's Circle workshop!

Featured Exhibitions

Roots Out of a Dry Ground: The Life and Work of Andrew Foster

Opening on November 13, 2015, the Dyer Arts Center will host an exhibit about the late Andrew Foster. Foster, the first Deaf African-American to graduate from Gallaudet University with a bachelor’s degree, was proclaimed to be the ‘Father of Deaf Education in Africa’.   Foster devoted his life to bringing education, communication, and the word of God to deaf people living in Africa. This biographical exhibit will examine the pursuit of his missionary goals and his life’s work as a result.  The exhibit will run until December 18, 2015.

A soft opening will be on Thursday, November 12th from 4pm to 6pm. Stop by for light refreshments and listen to Curator Jean Pietrowski talk about her curatorial process.

RADSCC will be hosting their fourth annual Deaf-Mute Banquet, honoring Charles-Michel de l’Epee’s 303rd birthday, and Andrew Foster’s 90th birthday.  The banquet will be from 5pm to 7pm here at the Dyer Arts Center.

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 and Holiday Closures 

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

The Dyer Arts Center will be closed on Wednesday, November 25th through Sunday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday and Wednesday, December 23rd through Sunday, January 3rd for the Winter Holidays.

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