Monday, December 11, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: 50 Years of Photographic Vision to be Shown at Worcester Center for Crafts

Ron Rosenstock: Fifty Years of Camera Work Opens on Jan. 18, 2018

Worcester, MA- Renowned landscape photographer Ron Rosenstock began a love affair fifty years ago at the Worcester Center for Crafts that includes marriage and a most fruitful career as a charismatic teacher and traveler. A retrospective of his work from the last fifty years opens in the Krikorian Gallery at the Craft Center on January 18 with a reception and celebration of Rosenstock's career from 5:30-7:30 pm. The exhibit remains on view through March 3, 2018.

Krikorian Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.

Rosenstock's work has been variously described as "ethereal" and "richly detailed." He is a master of composition and capturing the soul of a scene. "I am not interested in the appearance of things," said Rosenstock, "but the transformational power of my lens to penetrate into the eternal moment."

"The Inner Circle, Stonehenge, England"
Approximately 30 works are in the exhibit, spanning the artist's fifty year oeuvre.

Critics have said that Rosenstock's reality is more real than it would be if you were standing next to him the moment he makes the exposure. His view of the world developed from his correspondence with Ansel Adams, his work in study groups from 1967 to 1973 with his teacher Minor White and his time as a private student of Paul Caponigro. Born in 1943, Rosenstock earned his MA degree in Photography from Goddard College and has been an instructor of photography since the late 1960s, first at the Worcester Center for Crafts and then at Clark University where he retired after 30 years of teaching. He has exhibited his work in more than 100 shows worldwide and is featured in numerous permanent exhibitions including the Fogg Art Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the International Center of Photography.

When Rosenstock was studying with Minor White in Cambridge, a fellow participant informed him that the Worcester Center for Crafts was looking for someone to start a Photography program. Rosenstock applied for the job and, as they say, the rest is history.

He moved to Worcester and began teaching. He met his then-future wife, Cathy, at the Craft Center in 1971: she was studying photography with him. They married the next year. "The Craft Center has always been a special place. I worked with remarkable craftspeople and wonderful human beings there. In a very short time, I began to feel a part of a caring and creative community." That sense of caring and creative community are evident in Rosenstock's work.

During his early years at the Center, he began to travel to England and Ireland to photograph, and at the request of some Craft Center students, opened up these trips to others. Rosenstock was one of the first people to create specialty travel tours devoted to photography.

"We are proud to exhibit the work of our friend Ron Rosenstock," said Candace Casey, Krikorian Gallery Director. "His work is of the highest quality and takes the viewer to a very calm, wonderful place. He is also a great human being."

Rosenstock is donating one of his signature images, "Light Celebrating Itself (Murrisk, County Mayo, Ireland)" to the Craft Center to raffle off at the opening on January 18. Tickets will be available for purchase at $30 each or 2 tickets for $50. Only 100 tickets will be sold. The photograph is matted and framed by the artist.

"Light Celebrating Itself (Murrisk, County Mayo, Ireland"

Rosenstock's work is featured in six monographs and he has written numerous articles on the art and craft of photography. An illustrated catalog accompanies this exhibit and is available in the Gallery Store. In addition to the opening on January 18, the Center is offering three events related to this exhibit:

  • A Day with Ron Rosenstock, January 27, 10 am to 5 pm. A workshop day where Rosenstock will guide fellow photographers on a journey of discovering their own personal photographic vision and then will teach mat cutting and framing for maximum professional presentation. Online registration at or 508.753-8183, x 301.
  • Rosenstock will give an artists talk in the Krikorian Gallery on February 10 at 1 pm. Free.
  • Closing event on March 3, 2018: Craft Center's annual Pasta Dinner.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Honee Hess,

About the Worcester Center for Crafts:

The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell hand-crafted wares to support their families, the Center evolved over the past 155 years into New England's leading center for craft education, exhibition and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio - an off-campus, 8,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, multi-studio glass facility. The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the public. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State University visual arts studios and partners in community outreach.

The Craft Center's mission is "to sustain craft as a vital part of our community" by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, its Youth Craft + Creativity program and major events. The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.