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Rush Rhees gallery features mixed media

The work of Elizabeth McDade--a Rochester artist who uses seed packages, photographs, color copies, wallpaper, and humor to explore issues of hero worship and gardening--is on display through Thursday, November 9, in the Gallery at the Art and Music Library. The gallery provides emerging local artists and students with the opportunity to show a small body of work in a prominent space along the main corridor through the lower level of Rush Rhees Library.

McDade is the executive director of the Pyramid Arts Center and an adjunct instructor at the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.

"The space is becoming increasingly familiar and popular with both students and the off-campus community," said Alan Topolski, associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History and gallery coordinator.

From November 11 to December 2, the gallery will feature works by Colleen Buzzard. Her pieces, produced on paper, have links to the style of map making. Artist Kitty Hubbard, whose work will be displayed from December 4 to January 24, teaches photography at the University and is an adjunct lecturer at SUNY College at Brockport in the art department. She also is assistant program coordinator at the Visual Studies Workshop.

The showcase continues with Martha O'Connor's piece titled Rooting About, which will be exhibited from January 26 to February 16. She describes the work as a search for yearning and exploring the different forms that can take. Her artwork is sculptural, predominantly using clay but it can incorporate other materials as well.

Nancy Topolski's exhibit, titled Keepings & January Boxes, will be displayed from February 18 to March 12. Topolski primarily uses found objects, yet the differences between the pieces in the show will be great. Keepings is a personal piece for which the artist chooses objects and tries to have the work evoke emotional responses. January Boxes developed out of the colors and the forms of objects and how they relate.

For gallery hours refer to the Currents calendar. Admission is free.

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