Artist Kathryn Rice Cummings to Exhibit Work at Arcade Campus Center

Genesee Community College at Arcade invites the public to an upcoming art show featuring the work of Kathryn Rice Cummings beginning September 18. Currently a resident of Tioga, PA, Ms. Cummings grew up in Perry, NY. Her repertoire of work includes portraits, some using unique old world portraiture techniques, landscapes, and still life pieces.

Kathryn’s parents, Clark and Betty Rice, owned a photography studio in Perry. Encouraged and mentored by her parents, who often traveled to various art shows and other cultural events, Katherine emulated the artistic behaviors of her family. She learned to notice the quality, focus, and effort of art or photography and appreciate the story and ideas behind the work.

Kathryn’s photographic background strongly influenced her later work. As a child she was enchanted by the process as she watched her mother retouch old photographs and hand color portraits. Later she learned that the photo technique for hand colored portraiture was based on the methods of Rembrant, Reubens, and other successful European portrait painters who lived before the invention of photography.

“Ninety percent of my portraits are from life,” Kathryn said. “The fun is in the simultaneous workings of the eyes, mind, and hand. Images are recognizable, but they are not restricted to realistic.”

Kathryn draws in graphite, white charcoal, prismacolored pencils, watercolor, oils and alkyds selected to support her idea based work. She completes single pieces but also creates themed series, which she says appeals to “her nature of having too much to say.”

Katherine earned a BA in Art Education from Elmira College and a MA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She taught middle school for 35 years at Williamson High School. During her time teaching, Kathryn continued her artistic career with classes and workshops.

“Once again, the college is fortunate to be able to showcase the work of talented local artists,” said Dr. Deborah DiNoto, Associate Dean of Instruction. “Their accomplishments are even more meaningful because they are so relevant to the area in which we live and work.”

Kathryn Rice Cummings’ work will be on display at the Arcade campus center September 18 through October 31. For more information please contact Mary Lyn Nutting at 492-5265.

Editor’s Note: A photograph of Kathryn Rice Cummings is available by going to:

Photos of Kathryn’s artwork are also available by contacting Donna Rae Sutherland, Associate Director of Marketing Communications, at 585-343-0055 x6616.