The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) is hosting an Open House on November 8th designed for incoming students, their counselors, teachers, and families. We have worked with the RIT Admissions Office and we are planning an exciting day separate from, but held in conjunction with, an Institute Open House on November 9th.

In planning for this event, we have worked with numerous departments and organizations across RIT. The Admissions Office has helped us reach out to interested students along with art and photography teachers and guidance counselors. We have also worked with RIT Parking and Transportation to make sure we have enough dedicated parking spaces reserved. As a consequence of that conversation, we are engaged in a pilot program designed to send an electronic Visitor’s Parking Pass via email. Attendees will need to print out the pass and display it on their dashboards.  This method will free up the visitor’s booth and insure none of our guests receive a ticket while visiting. We also worked with the RIT Photography Store, who will provide our guests with coupons and a photo booth! Student groups, such as NPPA and Photo Sciences Club, will be available for questions during the afternoon. We have also planned for attendees to take tours of Photo House a special interest housing option in the residence halls.

Some of our faculty and facilities staff are also participating in the event-filled day. Professors Steve Diehl, Christye Sisson, and Jason Faulring will offer demonstrations in the afternoon and SPAS facilities manager David Walter – working with student Mia Katz – will offer portraits to interested attendees. All of the School’s Program Chairs will participate in a panel discussion in the morning. They will talk about their work and share student work from one of their assignments. The Program Chairs have also nominated students to participate in a student panel. We have several classes that attendees can observe in the afternoon.

Another exciting component will be a Thursday lecture, open to SPAS and the public, featuring Tyler Stableford, a Canon Explorer of Light. Tyler is an adventure photographer, who is skilled in climbing and mountaineering. Due to his editorial photography he has been given access to places most people are never allowed to go. He’ll be discussing his career and his photography. All participants of A Day in Photography are invited to attend and we’ll be offering a light reception after his talk.

We’re really looking forward to meeting all of the attendees who are coming to campus on November 8th. We hope this event will allow attendees to see the RIT photography community as a whole – classes, student organizations, campus offices, and the passion surrounding  the making of photographs.