November 4-20, 2016
Rochester Connections: Works from the Gerald Mead Collection

Reception Friday November 4, 6-9 pm
Free and open to the public


Gallery r presents Hunter/Gatherer – Rochester Connections: Works from the Gerald Mead Collection, on view November 4-25, 2016.  This survey exhibition consists of over 40 artworks in all media by Western New York artists selected from the substantial art collection of Gerald Mead, and focuses on artists with current and historical ties to the Rochester community, whether current residents or with connections to RIT, Visual Studies Workshop, the George Eastman Museum, Nazareth College and more. The selection of work is a testament to Mead’s extensive passion for the art communities of Western New York, and to Rochester’s place within it.

Artists on display include: Richard Aerni, Nancy Belfer, Roberley Bell, Eric Bellman, David Buck, Wendell Castle, Carl Chiarenza, William Ehrichs, Greg Erf, Courtney Grim, Greg Halpern, Biff Henrich, Joyce Hill, Richard Hirsch, Robert Hirsch, Nate Hodge, Deborah Jack, Nancy Jurs, Norman Kent, William Keyser, Bethany Krull, Joan Lyons, Nathan Lyons, Thomas Markusen, Scott McCarney, Amanda Means, Stephen Merritt, Robert Muffoletto, Barbara Murak, Gary Nickard, Kevin Noble, Albert Paley, James Pappas, John Pfahl, Peter Pincus, John Prip, Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Christy Rupp, Kathleen Sherin, Richard Sigafoos, Peter Stephens, Michael Taylor, Carol Townsend, Jesse Walp, Joseph Whalen, Frans Wildenhain and Joe Ziolkowski.

This exhibition is presented along with Hunter/Gatherer – Regional LGTBQ Artists from the Gerald Mead Collection which features another unique iteration of Mead’s collection relevant to the LGTBQ community, also opening November 4 in Gallery Q, part of the Rochester Gay Alliance and next door to Gallery r.

Gerald Mead is an award winning artist, educator, arts writer and independent curator who is a leading authority on Western New York art and serves on the boards of several arts organizations in Buffalo. Since 1987, he has assembled a collection of over 1,000 artworks by artists associated with this region by birth or residency.

Thematic exhibitions from the Gerald Mead Collection have been presented at numerous college galleries and other public venues, most recently at SUNY Fredonia and the Springville Center for the Arts. He has also lent works from his collection for major exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Castellani Art Museum, University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Buffalo Arts Studio, CEPA and Hallwalls and frequently lectures on art and collecting.

October 7-23, 2016
THREE: Residents of the Glass Program in RIT’s School for American Crafts
Reception Friday October 7, 6-9 pm
Free and open to the public



Part of the annual RIT Alumni Spotlight Series, Gallery r presents THREE: A group exhibition featuring Rebecca Arday, Meng Du, and Namdoo Kim: all are RIT Alumni and studio residents in the Glass Program of the School for American Crafts.

Rebecca Arday is an artist-educator working in glass and mixed media. She has a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in glass (2008). Her work reflects on memory, longing, and love and has been exhibited internationally and was published in the Corning Museum of Glass’ New Glass Review. Rebecca worked on the year-round staff at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington for six years before returning to live in Rochester, New York. She has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, and is currently an adjunct professor and studio resident at RIT.

Meng Du was born and raised in Beijing, China. In 2004, she attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and graduated from the Graphic Design program in 2008. Since her sophomore year, she worked as a book designer with galleries, art critics and curators such as Pace Beijing, SOKA Art Center and Time Zone 8. She also worked for an independent graphic design studio as a graphic designer and illustrator before being accepted to the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2013, Meng Du completed her MFA study from RIT and has since remained a part of the Glass Program as a studio resident. Her work has been exhibited in China, Europe, and in the United States.

Namdoo Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics & Glass from Hongik University in South Korea in 2011, and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Glass from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013. He has a very individual and personal voice within his body of work. He is a contemporary artist with a focus in Critical-Pop Art. Using a sense of sarcasm and pop-style resources, he is revealing political problems in Korea. He is dealing with critical aspects of contemporary Korean society and its effect on people, particularly the relationship between children and parents. He uses products for children, such as toys and dolls, as vehicles for symbolism in his body of work. Now he is focusing on criticizing the social norms in South Korea and showing the differences and similarities compared to cultures around the world.

THREE will open with a public reception on First Friday, October 7, 2016, from 6-9 pm, part of Rochester’s First Friday citywide gallery night. The exhibition is on view through October 23, 2016.

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