The renovation of Harris Gallery is progressing nicely. It started in July and is entering the final phases of the process. The gallery – housed in the Frank E. Gannett building – has been an integral part of the curriculum and community since 1969 when the new campus opened. SPAS started offering photography classes in 1902 but did not offer BFA degrees until the mid 1960s.
The gallery and related activities are enormously important to the School. Typically the gallery hosts more than ten exhibitions per year and is a cornerstone of the Rochester Photographic Community as well. Exhibitions include MFA thesis shows as well as other shows from both well-known and up-and-coming photographers. We are all eagerly anticipating the Spring semester and the opening of the first exhibition in the newly renovated space. Some of the main features of the renovation have been: a ceiling grid, new benches, refinishing of the all the walls and flats, a new spot lighting system, the demolition of the Gallery Office and moving it to an adjacent room, as well as the creation of a dedicated work room for MFA students. When completed in late winter, it will again be ready to be a showcase for photography for the RIT community. We could not be more excited!