posted on August 17, 2010 17:51
Genesee Community College’s new art gallery has been named in honor of someone close to the college's collective heart.
Yesterday evening, the College’s board of trustees named the art gallery in memory of Rosalie “Roz” Steiner.
Mrs. Steiner, wife of Genesee President Stuart Steiner, died unexpectedly in 2008.
She was extremely active at the College for four decades, hosting and participating in hundreds of events for board members, faculty and staff, and students.
Dr. Steiner says nothing has been more meaningful to him than having the gallery named in memory of his wife.
"Just the recognition of all the kinds of things she did and how committed to the college she was," says Steiner, "her personal touch was recognized. She never bragged or sought public recognition but I'm sure it would of been quiet satisfaction with a smile."
The new art gallery is part of the College’s Genesee Center for the Arts.
The Center was dedicated to Dr. Steiner, and the theatre was named in his honor in recognition of his many years of service to the college.
The art gallery is located just feet away from the theatre; Dr. Steiner calls it a great coincidence and says the center will greatly benefit the community.
"Really, the way it's designed - integrated into the theatre lobby - I think it's a wonderful thing," he says. "And I think the public will get a lot more benefit of that whole area."
The gallery has about 1700 feet of multi-purpose exhibit space.
Construction of the new gallery is in progress, and is expected to be complete by late November.