RIT 150th Anniversary Art Show collection

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for RIT 150th Anniversary Art Show
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
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RIT 150th Anniversary Art Show collection
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Collection of artwork exhibited in the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) 150th Anniversary Art Show. RIT celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1979. The collection includes works by both students and faculty done in a variety of media.
37.5 Linear feet (11 lid boxes, 4 flat file drawers)
C.S. South, Shelves 466, 473, 479, 485, 491, 546
C.S. North flat files, Drawers 7-10
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Historical Information for RIT 150th Anniversary Art Show (Collapse)

In 1979, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) celebrated its 150th anniversary. RIT can trace its origins to the founding of the Rochester Athenaeum in 1829. After joining with several different Rochester institutions during the 19th century, the Athenaeum finally merged with the Mechanics Institute (founded in 1885) in 1891 to form the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI). RAMI changed its name to the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1944 to better reflect the Institute's role in the field of technical education.

The yearlong celebration included theater productions, concerts, ceremonies, and activities such as cooking demonstrations. Another such activity was an art show held from October 19 to November 28, 1979. The show featured 189 pieces of art created by RIT faculty and students during their time at RIT. All of the pieces on exhibit had been donated by the artists to the Institute over the years. Stanley H. Witmeyer, a former Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, curated the show.

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The RIT 150th Anniversary Art Show collection consists of works of art included in the title exhibit. The works, which used a variety of media and materials, were done by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) students and faculty members between 1891 and 1979. Some artists with items in the collection include Ralph Avery, Milton Bond, Alling Clements, Eugene Colby, Bob Conge, Byron Culver, Stan Gordon, Charles Horn, Clayton Knight, Elmer Messner, Clifford Ulp, John Wenrich, and Carl Zollo.

In addition to these works, the collection includes labels that were used during the exhibit. Most of these labels consist of photographs related to the artists and their time at RIT.

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Materials in the collection are spread between 8 boxes and 3 flat file drawers. The items are arranged alphabetically by artist within each box and drawer.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

RIT 150th Anniversary Art Show collection

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Avery, Ralph Hillyer, 1906-1976
  • Bond, Milton E., 1891-1970
  • Clements, Alling, b. 1891
  • Colby, Eugene C., 1846-1930
  • Conge, Bob
  • Culver, Byron, d. 1971
  • Gordon, Stanley, 1919-
  • Horn, Charles C., 1889-1957
  • Knight, Clayton, 1891-1969
  • Messner, Elmer R., 1900-1979
  • Ulp, Clifford M., (Clifford McCormick), 1885-1958
  • Wenrich, John C., 1894-1970
  • Witmeyer, Stanley Herbert, 1913-
  • Zollo, Carl

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Anniversaries, etc.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology.


  • Art -- Exhibitions -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Graphic arts -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Student drawings

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Preferred Citation

RIT 150th Anniversary Art Show Collection, RIT Art Collection

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in January 2011.

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