Designing RIT City Art Space

Designing RIT City Art Space


[Music] We’re really excited to be opening up the
new RIT City Art Space in the historic Sibley Building in downtown Rochester, 50 years after
RIT moved its campus to Henrietta. And integral to the many parts of this process
were the students in the interior design program. As part of their Retail Design course, they
were tasked with sort of developing the design and the functionality of the space, from wall
to wall, from ceiling to floor. And much of the work that they did in that
class is going to be integrated into the project. We actually presented our own, individual
projects. And then when we presented them, four of our
designs were chosen to kind of going into a further phase where we all collaborated
and came together to create one large design. It was extremely rewarding. It was the first project that we got to do
that was real life. It wasn’t an imaginary, make-believe space. We actually get to see from beginning coming
in here to see what the space was before, to doing the concept planning, designing and
presenting it. The overall vision was to keep an open concept. You know, have the movable walls be flexible
and essentially make sure there is enough storage So, overall just have enough space for different
types of artwork and accommodate for everyone. A big, key element was connection to the community. This is a big, up-and-coming area. There is a lot going on, a lot of festivals. So I think just getting RIT’s name out there,
getting more viewers, was important. So we’re really looking forward to opening
the new RIT City Art Space and expanding our programming downtown. Bringing RIT’s creative community through
the College of Art and Design in the middle of downtown Rochester, it expands on the already
existing programming that we have on campus, both in Bevier Gallery and William Harris
Gallery, showcasing students, faculty, alumni work
in our extended creative community. [Music]

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