The Stories They Tell

Alling Clements: Rochester Born and Bred Artist

After completing high school, Mr. Clements enrolled at the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (later Rochester Institute of Technology) and graduated in 1911 with a degree in art. He then moved to New York City to study at the world famous Art Students League. Upon completion of his studies he obtained work painting theatrical scenery in New York City.
At the outbreak of World War I he signed up to serve in the US Navy. After the War, Mr. Clements was hired by Rochester’s Mechanics Institute to teach art at the Institute.  He was the Director of Painting Techniques at the school for almost three decades influencing several generations of Rochester artists, retiring from RIT in 1956. One of his students was his younger sister Emily who later became an instructor at the Institute as well.
Outside of RIT, Mr. Clements was very influential within the Rochester artistic community. He was a member of the Rochester Art Club and served as its president for three years.

Alling Clements tribute
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Winter Birches
Clements Oil Painting