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University Gallery Painting Class


Brains Collide to Bring Community Classes to RIT


Something new is making a roar on campus! This semester, the University Gallery debuted a new partnership with the Rochester Brainery that expands the Brainery’s offering of community-based classes to the RIT campus. RIT is consistently on the lookout for ways to connect the campus with the Rochester community and this partnership is an opportunity to bring new visitors on campus while increasing recognition of the University Gallery and fostering experiential learning.


The Rochester Brainery has been offering an unrestricted variety of classes since 2013. Starting in Village Gate, they’re now located on Anderson Ave in the Neighborhood of the Arts and function as a community classroom and event space offering over forty types of classes from custom flower arrangement making to basic hand lettering to cake decorating. Since their opening in 2013 the Brainery has offered over 1,728 classes. Class costs range from $15 to $55.


Each class is tailored to display the unique qualities Rochester actors, artists, chefs, graphic designers, beer-brewers, and more can offer. The classes being offered at RIT are no different. Ranging from acrylic painting to Macramé wall hanging, the Rochester Brainery and University Gallery hope to offer the RIT and Rochester communities the largest variety of classes possible.


The University Gallery’s Event Manager, Jessica Serpe, first came up with the idea of the partnership as a way to engage students and the community to visit their beautiful event space. “The University Gallery really is one of the most versatile event spaces that most people don’t know about,” Serpe remarked, “We strive to provide a public forum that sparks the imagination through exhibitions and events while cultivating relationships and building community. These classes really embody the essence of that mission.”


The University Gallery boasts a versatile floor plan that can host a variety of events including luncheons, board meetings, galas, and even staff retreats. Additional accommodations also include an audio visual system, on-site furniture, and access to RIT Catering.


As classes continue, there is the possibility that some familiar Tiger staff may moonlight as Rochester Brainery educators too. Many of the current Rochester Brainery educators are alumni from RIT or are affiliated with RIT. Combining both expertise will add another layer of enrichment and value to each course.


“This is just the beginning,” Serpe pronounced. Through the integration of more local businesses like Rochester Brainery, The University Gallery hopes to further its goal of truly combining campus and community into one.


To view a list of current classes and register, visit


Upcoming Classes

Art Critique with Floated Magazine | Wednesday, May 15th | 6:00-9:00 PM

Macrame | Wednesday, May 22nd | 6:30-8:30 PM (SOLD OUT)

Speak French Survival Kit! Best Practical French for Travel | Wednesday, May 29th | 6:00-7:30 PM