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Meredith Davenport  

Friday, December 4, 6–9pm

Join us for a reception for our Project Space Artist, Meredith Davenport, and Robert F. Hoffman's MFA Thesis Exhibition.

Free and open to the public.

Book Launch  

Saturday, December 12, 3–5pm
Book Launch & Reading to Honor Rick McKee Hock
VSW Auditorium

VSW Press is pleased to announce the launch of two new titles in connection with the exhibition The Curious Reality of Images including photographic prints and drawings by Rick McKee Hock (1947–2015) currently on display at VSW.

Interrupted Bestiary pairs poems by Alison Nordström with Hock's drawings of animals.

Artists vs. Charlatans is a book of Hock's drawings that humorously depict artists he favored, delivering blows to those he deemed the impostors of the art world.

Nordström will be reading from Interrupted Bestiary, and photography historian and curator Keith F. Davis will speak to Hock’s photographic work.

All proceeds from the sale of books will contribute to The Rick McKee Hock Annual Artist-in-Residence Fund.

Click here for further details about this event and the Artist-in-Residence Fund.

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The Rick McKee Hock Annual Artist-in-Residence Fund

December 5–December 19
Rick McKee Hock Artist-in-Residence Fund Auction

Visual Studies Workshop wishes to honor the memory of Rick McKee Hock by bringing an artist resident to Rochester each year in his name. VSW is raising money for this named fund to be part of our endowment so we can annually give an artist a month-long residency with housing, studio space, a travel budget, and a stipend. To support the fund, artist friends of Rick’s and those he helped by producing residency projects in Rochester have all donated the prints in this silent, online auction. By collecting a print, you will be honoring a life devoted to artists and their work.

    Click Here for Silent Auction.

    Preview: Now
    Opens: Saturday, December 5th at 9:00 am
    Closes: Saturday, December 19th at 12:00 noon


Free and open to the public, Tue–Fri 10am–4pm.


September 4-December 18
The Curious Reality of Images: Rick McKee Hock

Rick McKee Hock

Four Rochester, NY cultural institutions will be exhibiting the work of Rick McKee Hock (1947-2015) in the fall and winter of 2015 and 2016. These exhibits are a tribute to Hock’s commitment to art and culture in the area as well as his lasting art. Hock, who passed away earlier this year, made extraordinarily complex images filled with references to the history of art, folklore, philosophy, psychology, and poetry in his uniquely dark yet playful manner of association.

VSW will exhibit Hock’s early photographs made within the region as well as selections from several major bodies of work, the Codices, Lost Horizons, and recent drawings and paintings including an incomplete bestiary with poems by photography historian and curator Alison Nordström. Rochester Contemporary Art Center will exhibit a series of recent humorous drawings we are calling Artist vs. Artist, depicting Hock’s contemporary art historical heroes pummeling other artists with perhaps more fame and dominance in the art marketplace. The rotation in the History of Photography Gallery at George Eastman House will include an early work of Hock’s and The University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery will be exhibiting two of his renowned Codices works in their galleries this fall and winter.


December 1–December 10
Robert F. Hoffman

Robert F. Hoffman

SELF DIRECTED is the MFA Thesis Exhibition of works by Robert F. Hoffman. Sculpture, digital projection, and sound installation are employed to investigate themes of personal choice, navigation, and confinement.

Robert Hoffman is a visual artist from Buffalo, NY and is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Visual Studies Workshop.

Reception, December 4th 6–9pm. Open during regular gallery hours, Tue–Fri 10am–4pm. Free and open to the public.


November 9–December 18
Meredith Davenport

Meredith Davenport

In connection with The Curious Reality of Images: Rick McKee Hock, Meredith Davenport will develop a project based on medical images made at Beth Israel hospital in NYC. The images were placed on a small thumb drive that Davenport, Hock’s partner at the time, kept in her pocket until the day Rick died. The image on the drive was simply titled RICK’S HEART.

Meredith Davenport is an artist and professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her book Theater of War was published last year by Intellect Press.


September 4–December 18
Aesthetic Technologies: Works by Philip Mallory Jones

Philip Mallory Jones

A selection of moving image works by Philip Mallory Jones, an artist based in Atlanta, GA. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and has a long history of working in cutting edge moving media technology to produce artworks going back to 1969. He was an early adopter of video art and was the co-founder and director of the important Ithaca Video Project from 1971–85. More recently, Jones has produced collections of electronic poetry with visual art and media design for the dance/theater/music performance Ringshout, which premiered at the National Black Arts Festival last fall. He is currently developing a moving media graphic novel, Time Machine: Bronzeville & The Chicago Renaissance, as told through the same type of 3-D animation and virtual environments as used by contemporary video game designers.

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