Established Rochester Artist Exhibits at Genesee Community College

Genesee Center for the Arts is excited to have the work of Richard Jenks, a Rochester native, on display in the Lobby Gallery of Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College from November 2 through November 30, 2006. Working with oils on mostly large format canvases, Jenks reveals environmental and contemporary depictions of landscapes illustrating many different outdoor experiences throughout the past 20 years. “There is a difference in style over the long span of years, but the underlying premise is always the environment,” Mr. Jenks said. Many of his works on display at Genesee are on loan from the Oxford Gallery in Rochester.

Mr. Jenks was on location at Genesee Community College this past Thursday making himself available for questions or comments regarding his work. He explained that many of his pieces are painted from a collection of photographs from his travels which he then blends together for a stunning and original piece of artwork. Frequenting the Adirondack Mountains is just one of the many inspirations for his work. “Many of the figurative pieces explore attitudes about the environment, spanning the spectrum from apathy to passion about protecting our resources,” Mr. Jenks said.

Richard has attended school locally, with his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from SUNY Brockport in 1994, and receiving his Master’s of Fine Arts in 1997 from the University of Buffalo. In the 1960s he dabbled with oil painting and gained a love for his newly found medium of choice. During Vietnam he was enlisted in the United States Air Force which gave him a wide variety of landscapes and experiences to build off of.

The Lobby Gallery is located in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College, One College Road. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. It is closed on Saturdays and Sundays and during college vacations. For more information, call the Arts Center office at 345-6802.

The Oxford Gallery, which is located on the corner of Oxford Street and Park Avenue, houses many of his works on a regular basis in the contemporary section. For more information regarding the Oxford Gallery they can be contacted at (585) 271-5885.