by Rich Kiley
Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences is presenting an exhibition in tribute to the late Keith Howard, an associate professor in the School of Art and a leading figure in the field of printmaking.
Flux: Keith Howard and His Legacy, hosted by Bevier Gallery and Gallery r, celebrates the life of this innovator through his own work as well as that of his students, colleagues and friends who formed a close-knit community around him during the last 15 years of his life. Howard passed away in February of this year.
Bevier Gallery, located in James E. Booth Hall, is hosting the exhibit through Jan. 10 after the RIT gallery hosted an opening reception on Nov. 20. Parking is available in Lots E and F.
Gallery r, RIT’s metro showcase and learning laboratory for the arts, is presenting the show from Dec. 4 through Jan. 10. An opening reception—free and open to the public—will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, at Gallery r, 100 College Ave. in downtown Rochester. The RIT gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, with free admission.
Howard’s contributions to the development of nontoxic printmaking techniques shaped the way art and printmaking professionals think about the issues of sustainability, health and safety in the arts today. He pioneered a program at RIT—using recyclable materials and converting to newer, safer methods in establishing greener studios—that is considered one of the most advanced academic nontoxic printmaking programs in the United States.
Amid the vast array of transitions taking place within the field of printmaking, Howard—who passed away in February of this year—stands out as a pioneer of some of the most influential changes to media and process. His explorations, initially motivated by personal health concerns, have resulted in the use of innovative materials to generate new processes that bridge the gap between the rich and sometimes hazardous history and future viability of the printmaking discipline.
For more information about the exhibit, contact John Aäsp, gallery director of Gallery r, Bevier Gallery and the William Harris Gallery?in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, at 585-475-4977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.