Upcoming Exhibits

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Lit - Mycelium Illuminated

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Mushroom mycelium – sometimes likened to the root structure of plants - has the unique ability to grow into a shape encouraged by its surroundings. Here that capability is utilized to form light shades that will maintain their structure and stability during use, but decompose in a home garden if left outside. Built on fixtures designed to be disassembled for repair or reuse – often with repurposed or recycled parts – these lamps are an exploration of material and function, supporting the collective challenge of making meaningful objects that leave a small footprint. 

Elizabeth Stegner Patton grew up next to a wheatfield in Northern Idaho. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and sculpture from Willamette University, an MFA in Industrial Design from RIT, and is a professional designer with experience in biotechnology, medical devices, and consumer goods and services. She is interested in the intersection of art, science, and design; biomimicry and materials.

a white pendant lamp with a textured surface.
a close up of three pendant lamps with a textured surface.
a close up of a pendant lamp with a textured surface placed on a shelf.
a light brown pendant lamp with a textured surface.
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a panoramic color photograph of a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of a soaring glass and steel building.

Breaking Ground

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Campus design, like urban design, treats the entirety as a whole comprising discrete elements. At RIT, our buildings, infrastructure, campus loop, paths, ponds, and pavilions contribute to the campus genius loci or the spirit of place. Long known as Brick City, our campus reflects a sustained preoccupation with brick construction with interludes of newer architecture featuring glass, steel, and stone. Breaking Ground examines recent construction at RIT with a display of materials from the RIT Archives, including a series of drawings done onsite by artist Bob Conge depicting tilled earth, tractors, and the-yet-unrealized vision of the Henrietta campus. These are paired with artifacts related to the construction or renovation of key buildings, including NTID; Wallace Library, and the Schmitt Interfaith Center and objects related to newer construction of the SHED, Magic Spell Studios, Saunders College of Business expansion, and the Cybersecurity Institute. The sills and sidewalks; paths and parking; trees and terrazzo; quads and corridors; and more than 15 million bricks reflect individual design choices that ultimately remind us of how each groundbreaking for a new structure to support teaching, research, and scholarship, as well as creativity, design, and play, positions the university to break ground through contributions to the world around us.

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RIT Graphic Design Senior Capstone

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Rochester Institute of Technology's Graphic Design program presents its senior capstone exhibition, evidence of the creativity that reflects the vibrant spirit of the class of 2024. In this exhibition, you'll find design principles, methods, concepts, images, words, and ideas to convey distinct, visually compelling messages to a range of audiences.

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RIT Industrial Design Senior Capstone

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Industrial designers are part engineer, part artist. They create products to be used by factories, businesses, and everyday people. Each Senior Capstone project represents the culmination of a student’s academic experiences in RIT’s Industrial Design Program. This year over 40 Industrial Design seniors present concepts and designs across a range of categories: social service, education, transportation, UX/UI, consumer goods, home goods, apparel, health/medical and sustainability.

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RIT Industrial Design MFA Thesis

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RIT Interior Design Senior Capstone

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Over the course of two consecutive capstone courses in the senior year, RIT interior design students execute a self-generated and self-directed design research project. The goal of the Interior Design Capstone thesis is to respond creatively and imaginatively to an emerging circumstance, ongoing debate, or real-world issue and contribute to conversations relevant to the profession of interior design. The impressive array of topics includes design thinking approaches that consider not only the challenges of the global COVID -19 pandemic but research and creative agendas that have longevity with responsive, resilient designs.

Charged with independently identifying a problem based upon personal interests and using design as their vehicle, students propose a creative design solution. The proposals respond to theoretical and evidentiary findings collected from an exploratory research agenda and literature review. The capstone culminates with a written manuscript inclusive of a creative design proposal that is defended through formal, oral examination with a professional jury team.

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