Sunday, September 27, 2015

Beginning of the Semester Picnic

Last weekend, the first and second year graduate students and faculty of the MFA program came together for a relaxing afternoon of food and sunshine at faculty member Willie Osterman's house. Between a wet plate collodion shoot and a flying drone, it was an afternoon filled with photo fun!

First Year MFA student Rob Gordon with professor Dan Larkin and new faculty member Catherine Zuromskis
Professor Frank Cost demonstrates his drone for a group of first and second year MFA students

The view from above...not bad!
First year Rob Gordon poses with second year MFA students, Sarah Weiss and Naharin Shech in front of Willie Osterman's wet plate collodion camera

The congregation is assembled. Not everyday you get to have a wet plate collodion photograph of a picnic. Nice job Willie!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Summer Workshare for 2nd Year MFA Students

This past week the second year MFA students shared with the faculty and first year graduate students the progress in ideas, research and imagery they made over the summer. Between the flurry of setting up and the whirlwind of feedback and suggestions from the MFA faculty, it was a lively day in the Grad Annex!


Cory Fitzgerald sequencing his imagery

Jia Wang organizes her work

Still from Naharin Shech's video projection

MFA candidate Beth Gilbert in discussion with Dan Larkin

Josh Thorson listens as Ciara Duffy describes her summer

Carole Woodlock discusses work with 2nd year MFA student Gail Goers

Professor Ken White meets with Jia Wang 

Graduate student Naharin Shech in thoughtful discussion with Ahndraya Parlato

Gregory Halpern meets with 2nd year MFA student Sarah Weiss

Frank Cost in discussion with 2nd year MFA student Cory Fitzgerald

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Solve For X: MFA Thesis Show

RIT’s William Harris Gallery hosts exhibit ‘Solve for X’
An MFA Group Thesis Exhibition

In the group thesis exhibit, ‘Solve for X’, it is the questions, perspectives, frustrations, and wonderment of the journey, not the destination, that the works of four Imaging Arts graduate students explore. Featuring the works of Yuxiang Dong, Catherine Hellsten, Yuanyuan Liu, and Jason Reimer, ‘Solve for X’ is the culmination of their graduate education work at RIT in the field of Imaging Arts and Related Media. Hosted by RIT’s William Harris Gallery, the opening reception will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. on April 23, and the exhibition will run through May 7.

From photography to video, glass sculpture to photo books, these four artists use a range of media to communicate their creative perspectives within their individual bodies of work.

In Identity Aperture: Self-portraits, Genealogy and Other Archives, Yuxiang Dong re-encounters his journey through life with the particular and unique experiences that make up the life of an individual. Dong uses a variety of media to explore the representation of identity in photographic images.

Catherine Hellsten’s body of work, Mnemonic Waters, explores episodes from the personal mythology of others by visually translating vivid memories into narratives of surreal imagery set within a glass landscape.

 无法抗拒-Untranslatable is an expression of Yuanyuan Liu’s pessimistic and helpless feelings towards an individual’s inner struggle against the powerful, external dynamics of societal and cultural influences and the mutual manipulation that takes place among people.

In his book 197_ , Jason Reimer utilizes a discordant mix of cinematic, personal, and evidential photographs to prompt a meditation of how we understand the most fundamental of human experiences—birth and death.

William Harris Gallery is located on the 3rd floor of Gannett Hall at RIT. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on weekends. The gallery is handicapped accessible and all exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, call 585-475-2884 or visit

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Graduate Walk Through

Shortly before spring break, our grad students again had the opportunity to share their ever-growing bodies of work to the MFA faculty and have some in-depth discussions about their projects. The first year grads each had a studio to themselves to hang their work in, and the second year grads exhibited their in-progress thesis publication prototypes.

Gail Goers

Some of Gail's work

More of Gail's work

Ciara Duffy laying out some of her photographs

Part of Ciara's display

More of Ciara's work

Ciara preparing for the day's events

Faculty members Ken White, Meredith Davenport, and Michael Frank taking a look
at the second year grads' thesis publication dummies.

Christian Kasners taking notes from his discussions with faculty

Cory Fitzgerald's studio

Cory getting set for the day

More of Cory's display

Some of Sarah Weiss' photographs on display

Part of Sarah's display

More of Sarah's work

Three of Naharin's video installations

Another angle of Naharin's video installations

The viewer's first peek into Naharin's studio

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fall Graduate Work Share

This November, the William Harris Gallery at RIT hosted a work share for the first year photo grads. Lots of great work was shown, and quality feedback shared with the artists.

Cory Fitzgerald

Some of Cory's work

Naharin's work

Naharin Shech

Sarah Weiss in deep conversation
with MFA Director Christine Shank

Gail Goers' work

Ciara Duffy with her photographs

Sarah Weiss

Christian Kasners

Professor Laurie O'Brien and Naharin 
discussing her work

Professor Frank Cost examines Gail Goers' work
while Cory takes a seat and Gail and Christine Shank
discuss the images

Cory contemplating

Ciara's work

Christian Kasners and Professor Michael Frank

Michael Frank and Sarah Weiss 

Christian's work