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 Nov. 9 in The Gallery at the Art and Music Library at the University of Rochester. 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. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from SUNY New Paltz and her master of fine arts degree from the Visual Studies Workshop.
"The space is becoming increasingly familiar and popular with both students and the off-campus community," said Alan Topolski, associate professor in the University's Department of Art and Art History and gallery coordinator.
From Nov. 11 to Dec. 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 Dec. 4 to Jan. 24, teaches photography at the University and is an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Brockport in the art department. She is also assistant program coordinator at Visual Studies Workshop.
The showcase continues with Martha J. O'Connor's piece titled Rooting About from Jan. 26 to Feb. 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 can incorporate leather, silver, burlap, laundry lint and copperleaf.
Nancy L. Topolski's exhibit, titled Keepings & January Boxes, will be displayed from Feb. 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.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving and reopen Saturday, Nov. 25. Admission is free.