Sunday, November 9, 2014

Alumni Feature: Jessica Todd Harper

Jessica Todd Harper, a 2001 graduate of the RIT MFA program was featured on the RIT Photography blog recently talking about her career and life after graduate school. Take a look.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

In other RIT alumni news, Stefan Petranek was commissioned by the Indianapolis Airport to create the video installations "Approach" and "Gray Wing".

Stefan Petranek will be displaying two one-minute video works entitled Approach and Gray Wing at the Indianapolis’ International Airport starting on July 1. The exhibition of video works will be on display until December 31. The panoramic videos respond to the immediate surroundings of the airport grounds as well as the concept of flight as it relates to one’s personal experience. Petranek spent many days over the previous year filming on the airport grounds and within the terminal itself. As someone who started traveling on airplanes early as a child, Petranek has long felt a connection to the liberty and transcendence that traveling on airplanes brings to the individual. Petranek states that, “It is truly an amazing experience to be able to look out of a window at 30,000 feet and see the world below. But it is also one that most of us just deem as ordinary in our modern lives.” Following this line of thought, Petranek is also interested in the disconnect that occurs between time and space as we travel through the modern architecture of airports. He points out, “It is often a beautiful but dehumanizing experience to walk through an airport. It is a transient place, often inspiring and spacious but not one where you can easily imagining existing permanently.”

Finally, RIT alum Sandi Haber Fifield was chosen by the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as one of six winners of the 2014 Photography Competition. Fifield will receive a $1,000 prize, and her winning photograph will be part of the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Congratulations, Sandi!

RIT alum John William Keedy was featured on NPR recently, discussing his thesis work "It's Hardly Noticeable" and his struggles with anxiety.

When photographer John William Keedy was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, he says he had a hard time coping. It was difficult to accept. It was difficult to explain to friends and family. He felt utterly alone.
"I hate to say it, but I was embarrassed by it," he tells Shots.
Years later, Keedy, 29, started shooting a series of photographs about his condition. The images are deeply personal, and striking.
You can read the whole interview here.

Friday, May 23, 2014

End of Semester BBQ

This past weekend, the first and second year grads and some of the faculty and staff of the MFA program got together for a little bbq to celebrate the end of the semester. For the second year grads, it was a time to relax and savor the accomplishment of completing their MFA degree, and for the first year grads, a chance to relax after a challenging year of growth. There was plenty of food and good company. Congratulations to Michelle Bablitz, Justin Fondrie, Nick Hruby, Jay Tyndall, Maggie Pinke, and Yuwen Wang as they graduate today!


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MFA Thesis Exhibition: Maggie Pinke, Jay Tyndall and Yuwen Wang

On the 24th we celebrated the second MFA Thesis Opening in the William Harris Gallery!

The exhibition featuring the work of Maggie Pinke, Jay Tyndall, and Yuwen Wang will be on display in the gallery through Wednesday May 7th.

From left to right: Yuwen Wang, Jay Tyndall, and Maggie Pinke

Installation Views from Warp & Weft, Maggie Pinke.
View more of Maggie's work here.

Jay Tyndall, B-Sides are the Best Sides
Adding to his Collage Process Wall During the Opening.

Yuwen and first year grad student Jia enjoying the opening.

Installation Views of Yuwen's work, The Most Beautiful Times.

Jay and Yuwen with Department Chair and Gallery Director, Therese Mulligan.

From left to right: Catherine Hellsten, Maggie Pinke, Justin Fondrie, Yuwen Wang, Michelle Bablitz, and Jay Tyndall. 

Jason Reimer, Catherine Hellsten, Maggie Pinke, Justin Fondrie, Beth Gilbert, Yuwen Wang, MichelleBablitz, Jay Tyndall, Yuxiang Dong.

Thanks for Celebrating with us!

William Harris Gallery
Gannett Hall (7B) - 3rd Floor
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Michelle Bablitz featured in Research, Scholarship & Creativity Exhibition

Join us at the University Gallery at RIT tomorrow night at 5pm for the opening of this interdisciplinary exhibition! 

Michelle was chosen to represent the Graduate students in Imaging Arts and Sciences in a college wide call for entries. The images that are featured in this show are from her thesis work, I could go with you.
She writes, 

"In this body of work I am investigating how text and image work together to communicate 
one story. In many ways a photograph is eternally fictional and unattainable; one can never 
look upon an image and revisit the same scene or moment that was tangible only for a 
fraction of a second to the image-maker. For better or worse, a photograph transports its 
viewer to a scene that can be infinitely reinterpreted, but never truly revisited. However, once 
text is written, or etched onto glass as it is in this series, it has factual and constant points 
of entry. Text has the ability to conjure unique images and reference points to every reader. 
When combined in the series I could go with you., text and image communicate a disjointed 
narrative about trauma and one’s attempt to return to a sense of normalcy."

I remember the sky as pink and the waves as navy.

In my dream they came for him with dogs in the night. 

The show will be up from April 7 to May 24. An artists reception will be held tomorrow, Wednesday April 16th from 5 to 7 p.m. in the University Gallery, located on the second floor of Booth Hall.
Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can view more of Michelle's work on her website.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Michelle Bablitz, Justin Fondrie, and Nick Hruby in "Epilogue"

We had a fantastic artist's reception on the third for three of the second-year MFA students!
Their group show, entitled "Epilogue", will be on display through the 18th of April in the William Harris Gallery. Join us in celebrating a wonderful show and the culmination of their time at RIT!

Justin Fondrie, Michelle Bablitz, and Nick Hruby

Michelle Bablitz, Installation view from I could go with you.

Michelle Bablitz, Installation view from I could go with you.
View more of Michelle's work at

Justin Fondrie, Installation view of At a Rate of Speed.

View more of Justin's work at

Nick Hruby, Installation view of When the Distance is Too Much.

 Nick Hruby, installation from When the Distance is too Much.
                                         View more of Nick's work at

William Harris Gallery
Gannett Hall (7B) - 3rd Floor
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York

MFA Thesis Exhibition "Epilogue" on display

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Catherine Hellsten in "Light & Memory"

Catherine Hellsten, a current graduate student at RIT, has work in an exhibition in Seattle, Washington this month.

Light & Memory is a juried photography show featuring the art of photographers from around the globe.  The exhibit will run from March 1-30, with an opening reception on March 1 from 6-10pm. Check out the Facebook event page here.

She writes,
"The relationship between photography and memory has always intrigued me. One function of photography is trying to contain our experiences. However, many times these photographs become the memory instead of the stimulus of the memory. Over time these memories created from the photograph distort, become ethereal, become the shadows of what really happened. 

The images I use are from my experiences and my relationships. They all connect to shape a personal history. However, much like the ambiguity of the images, my memories slip to the peripheral areas of my mind creating a past that subtly shifts and contorts."

Catherine Hellsten, Agatha (Detail and Installation), Inkjet Prints on Rice Paper treated with Beeswax, 2013.