Work by award-winning artist and RIT professor Frank Argento, of Perinton, will be on display until the end of this week.
Argento, who has taught at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf for 35 years as an associate professor of arts and imaging studies, has earned more than a dozen creative awards.
He calls himself a multi-dimensional artist.
“Although my favorite tool is the pencil, I’m equally comfortable with pastels, oils and acrylics," Argento stated. "What I’m after is transformative, expressionistic; spontaneity; the gesture; the spirit of the image. I like to express my feelings about life while combining realism with fantasy.”
As a teacher he shares his passion and enthusiasm for art, design, and illustration with his students, many of whom have gone on to win awards in art and design.
On view are four distinct and insightful themes:
“POP Icons” – Inspired by musicians, singers and artists, these charcoal portraits evoke the creative spirit of American cultural heritage.
“Dolls Come to Life” -– A study in fantasy, these pastel and pencil drawings push the boundaries of reality and make-believe.
“Innovators” – These oil portraits of innovators honor Rochester’s greatest visionaries and remind viewers of their important role in America’s history.
“Experimental Drawings” – A collection of work on paper that delves into emotional and aesthetic experimentation.
The exhibition runs through Saturday, April 28 and a closing reception will be held Friday, April 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at RIT’s CIAS Dean’s Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.