“Brilliance” opening reception in RIT/NTID's Dyer Arts Center

Remembering the mosaic work of Melissa Skyer

Matthew J. Sluka

Melissa Skyer's mother Sally holds a photo of one of Melissa's mosaics.

RIT/NTID’s Dyer Arts Center will host an opening reception for “Brilliance,” an exhibition of the mosaic work of the late Melissa Skyer, who was an artist, scientist, and faculty member in NTID’s Department of Science and Mathematics. The event is 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Dyer Arts Center in LBJ Hall on the RIT campus.

This exhibition, which reveals the diverse realms of Skyer’s life, a life that mirrored the wetlands she both explored and safeguarded, serves as an homage to the artist and as a guiding force, encouraging us to probe the in-between spaces and moments, where life thrives in its full complexity and beauty. The exhibit is on display March 1 to May 17, 2024, in the Ohringer Gallery on Dyer’s second floor.

Skyer was an RIT/NTID alum and the daughter of retired NTID staff member Solange “Sally” Skyer, who worked as an academic advisor for NTID’s Business Studies students.

This event is free with no registration required to attend.

About Dyer Arts Center

Situated within RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center for the Advancement of Deaf Culture stands out as an unparalleled museum. Its modern galleries play host to a collection of artworks curated from the talents of present students, accomplished alumni, and artists of both national and international acclaim. Notably, every artist represented shares a connection to the Deaf community, whether through deafness, being hard of hearing, or as allies of this vibrant cultural group.

About RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls 19,700 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

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