The coronavirus pandemic led to countless event cancellations around RIT in the spring of 2020, including our thesis, capstone and other end-of-year exhibitions — annual events that celebrate students' creative and innovative spirit. While students couldn't showcase their artwork in physical spaces this year, it's featured here.
Schools of Art and American Crafts (BFA)
Our Illustration hosts a walkthrough event to showcase graduating students' completed portfolios every spring. Work by Deanna Campagnola.
Our Medical Illustration BFA program and the Medical Illustration MFA in the College of Health Sciences and Technology, in partnership with Rochester Regional Health, organize an exhibition of student work every May. The show, traditionally held in Rochester General Hospital's Werner Medical Library, features anatomical and surgical sketches used for instructional illustrations, courtroom exhibitions, computer graphics and much more. Below are illustrations that were to be displayed in the 2020 exhibition. More of the work can be found on our Instagram.
The program's annual artist educator exhibition is a showcase of art created by the regional K-12 students who MST candidates taught during student-teaching placements — highlights of which can be seen below.
School of Design
3D Digital Design
The program live-streamed senior capstone projects at the end of the spring semester.
Seniors in our Graphic Design program were scheduled to exhibit their capstone work in a space adjacent to RIT City Art Space, the College of Art and Design's downtown Rochester exhibition and event venue. They moved their showcase to Instagram (@long_distance2020). Design by Richie Campagnola.
During the spring 2020 semester, 14 Interior Design seniors worked with Philadelphia-based Corbett, Inc. and two nonprofit organizations — the Dove Block Restoration Group and Dove Tribute Group — to propose designs for a historic building undergoing renovation in downtown Geneva, N.Y. Students presented design concepts for a first-floor community gallery space and third-floor experience center for Corbett, the prospective new owner of Geneva’s Dove Block building.
For the first time in 2020, the annual group Fine Art Photography capstone exhibition was a dual-venue event. The work of 13 seniors was showcased at RIT City Art Space and William Harris Gallery. The “Not Far From Here” exhibition, and scheduled artist talks, were cut short due to COVID-19, however.
Graduating Visual Media students conclude their seniors years with a walkthrough event showcasing their capstone projects. This year, their end-of-study work was highlighted on a website developed by students Noah Bryant and Sara Collins.