Nicholas Galanin's work is unapologetically critical of how western culture tokenizes indigenous objects and people. Made from a found totem pole intended for tourists, this installation deconstructs it in an attempt to reclaim lost meaning and context.
The installation is on view at City Art Space October 6, 2023 - February 18, 2024.
Short mobile-friendly videos highlighting selected artists along with the Artist Short Sesh, an artist interview series where we get to know some of our recent art and design grads and talk about their creative work. Watch on YouTube (linked below) or on our IGTV @ritcityartspace.
Artist Spotlight: Emily Bellinger
Emily Bellinger's colorful, graphic and contemporary quilts have caught the attention of Fiberart International, the Carnegie Center for Art and Art History, and the Burchfield Penny Art Center. She's also the singular force behind MMMily Handmade, where she offers original artwork and playful handmade accessories at contemporary craft shows in the Western NY region.
Artist Spotlight: Peter Pincus
Faculty in Focus
Through porcelain vessels and more, Peter Pincus blends color theory, the history of decorative arts and cutting-edge technical experimentation in ceramics. As an artist and designer, Pincus continues to garner national attention for his research-based practice. His solo exhibition, The Incomplete Collection, was on view August 18 - September 24, 2023.
Artist Spotlight: Annalisa Barron and Taylor Kennedy
Faculty in Focus
Annalisa Barron and Taylor Kennedy are both currently adjunct faculty at RIT's College of Art and Design. Their exhibition at City Art Space runs August 5 - September 25, 2022, exploring themes of domesticity and surrealism through drawing, painting, sculpture and installation.
Artist Spotlight: Luvon Sheppard
Faculty in Focus
Entering his 50th year of teaching at RIT, Luvon Sheppard’s career as an artist, educator and community collaborator cannot be summarized easily. From his early days as a student at RIT’s downtown campus, to his work at Memorial Art Gallery and the Allofus workshop, to his advocacy for RIT City Art Space (formerly known as Gallery r), to the opening of his own Joy Gallery and Studio, to the countless individuals who have benefitted from his mentorship, Sheppard’s creative life continues to grow in himself and within the creative lives he’s affected.
City Art Space hosted a solo exhibition of Sheppard's work and gallery talk in November-December 2021.
Artist Spotlight: Sarah Kinard
Sarah Kinard '18 MFA (Fine Arts Studio) is a printmaker who makes large-format prints from wood blocks carved by hand. In 2020 and 2021, she installed murals in downtown Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y. City Art Space hosted a solo exhibition and gallery talk with Kinard in September 2021.
Artist Spotlight: Joshua Enck
Anna Ballarian Visiting Artist
Get to know Joshua Enck, an artist with a background in architecture, furniture design, and sculpture. City Art Space hosted a solo exhibition of Enck's work, along with a gallery talk in Fall 2021. Enck also installed an outdoor sculpture on the RIT campus in early 2022. Titled Ossicone, the piece stands over 22 feet tall and is visible on the front lawn of the MAGIC Building, near Gannett and Booth Halls, all part of the Anna Ballarian Visiting Artist Series.
Artist Short Sesh Ep.1
RIT City Art Space's Artist Short Sesh features interviews and a showcase of work with artists in the College of Art and Design. The series, started by Gallery Director John Aasp, originally launched on Instagram.
Madeline Rile Smith
Artist Short Sesh Ep.2
In the second episode, Madeline Rile Smith ’20 MFA (Glass) provides insight into art school and controversial glass-blowing, and delivers an exclusive performance.
Artist Short Sesh Ep.3
In the third episode, Marcia Liu ’20 MFA (Fine Arts Studio) compares art school in Shanghai versus Rochester and shares her experience in both printmaking and contemporary sculpture.
Ileana Doble Hernandez
Artist Short Sesh Ep.4
The fourth episode features Ileana Doble Hernandez ’19 MFA (Photography and Related Media), who uses photographs, video and installation to express her experience as an immigrant in American culture.
Artist Short Sesh Ep.5
The fifth episode features Drishti Bhandari ’20 MFA (Metals and Jewelry Design), who often expands beyond jewelry, making use of other materials such as plastic, fabric and paper to explore themes of creation and destruction.
Artist Short Sesh Ep.6
The sixth episode features Fatmah Bamashmous ’18 MFA (Furniture Design). She combines Arabic inspiration with traditional woodworking techniques, infusing her cultural heritage with contemporary functional furniture.