The exhibit installed in early 2017 by Bob Dilworth, Director of the Main Gallery at the University of Rhode Island
Kingston, is on ‘slave cloth,’ with phenomenal work of artist Deborah Baronas, research Marcus Nevius, Peter Fay, Matthew Reilly, Deborah Matthews. This exhibition explores Rhode Island’s textile industry and its connections to slavery, the slave trade and other related institutions from 1783 to the 1850s.
"In 1703, Rhode Island recognized and legalized enslavement. Just over one hundred years later, the United States Congress passed a federal law banning the international slave trade, which curiously heralded a boom in the domestic slave trade. Slavery was not outlawed in Rhode Island until 34 years later."
Invisible Bodies, Disposable Cloth uses text, images, artifacts, and multimedia installation to explore the interdependence of our country’s economy and its intrinsic links with the institution of slavery. It also shines a particularly bright light on Rhode Island’s economy beginning in 1783 and running all through the 1850s.
Members of the URI Kingston contingent of RI Middle Passage Ceremonies & Port Markers Project met at URI Providence Campus in September 2017 with Steven Pennell, Artist in Residence, to check out the gallery space for Feb 2018 touring exhibit of “Invisible Bodies, Disposable Cloth.”
State Arts Council Announces New Show at T.F Green Airport Art Gallery
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition, entitled MEMORY’S LANDSCAPE, will be held from May 13 through September 1, 2016 at GREEN SPACE, a gallery at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick that presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists.
MEMORY’S LANDSCAPE features three artists whose works reference the tradition of landscape painting in various ways. Within this exhibit, the nostalgic paintings of Jonathan Small nod strongly to traditional landscape painting; the constructed works of Ernest Jolicoeur form places remembered; and the large, narrative canvases of Robert Dilworth explore memory, myth, folktale, and spiritual belief viewed through the lens of the African American experience, thus the human condition.
Nationally recognized and exhibited, Robert Dilworth has won awards, grants and fellowships too numerous to mention in a career spanning 40 years. Working full-time as an artist, Bob is also a Professor of Art in Painting, Drawing, and Design in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Rhode Island and Director of the URI Main Art Gallery. Shown here, his large-scale, mixed media paintings reflect both his technical expertise and his interest in experimental processes.
Ernest Jolicoeur received his BFA from Rhode Island College and his MFA from Yale School of Art. His works, in which he assembles and reassembles elements to create new space, tread the line between the figurative and the abstract. Returning to Rhode Island after a ten-year hiatus in New York, Jolicoeur has exhibited widely and received numerous awards, including a RISCA Merit award and RISCA Fellowship. Additionally, Jolicoeur is an Assistant Professor at Salve Regina University.
Hailing from a family of artists, Jonathan Small continued this tradition himself, studying Fine Art at the University of Colorado, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Massachusetts Art Institute. Locally, he is active in the Providence Art Club, the Portsmouth Arts Guild and the DeBlois Gallery. Focusing recently on landscape, he frequently starts his canvases on location, later finishing them in the studio where he strives to capture the light and atmosphere of a place through his memories.
The artists were selected for exhibition by an accomplished panel consisting of Peter Geisser, arts educator and public artist, Karen Harris, painter, and Hollis Mickey, RISD Museum educator and new media artist. RISCA thanks the panelists for their service.
The Airport Galleries, a partnership between the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promote outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The galleries present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.
For installation pictures of this show, please visit the RISCA Flickr site at https://www.flickr.com/photos/risca-photos/albums/72157665900123613
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F. Green Airport and the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island. A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number of public art commissions for T. F. Green and Block Island airports.
Artist Reception: Thursday, Oct. 15 | 5 p.m.
“Memories of Inhabited Spaces” explores the creative process of contemporary artist Robert Dilworth. The traveling exhibition features large-scale, mixed-media paintings of human figures, sculptural dolls and abstraction on paper. The work is informed by conversational interviews with friends, stories collected from relatives and personal observations.
The exhibition focuses on Dilworth’s current phase of creativity evolving from a three-year exploration of tactile surfaces that incorporate mixed media. Dilworth’s work expands the concept of contempoary painting by including stenciling, spray paint, stitching, fabric and printed materials.
Organized by Rhode Island College and the Bannister Gallery, “Memories of Inhabited Spaces” is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue.
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Look for Bob’s work on billboards in the Valley Street, Allens Avenue or Charles Street area in Providence as the works of local artists are posted on billboards intended to engage schools and other community organizations within walking distance of the billboards in conversations about the art. Bob’s work named “Backyard” will be displayed on a billboard in January.
There is a great article on IndependantRI.com penned by Melanie Saunders which gives a great description of of the idea, history, and focus of this interesting project.
“Backyard,” Dilworth said, is an “outdoor” piece because of what it depicts, but it was difficult to make the choice of what to submit because he could see a few of his other works doing well outdoors. When asked if the project could be categorized as street art, another outdoor art form with revived interest, he said that he sees this project as having both a different philosophy and execution.
“Street art is spontaneous – it’s made there on the spot. Usually, there’s not a lot of forethought and has more to do with this element of tagging, relying on just that energy of the moment,” he said. “Whereas what we’re doing is almost the opposite. These are studio pieces that are really much considered and created without the idea of ever being placed on a billboard or outside.”
Artists reception – Friday November 14th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Program start at 6:30 pm.
Gallery hours – Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm More information call Gallery – (401) 222-6397
The University of Rhode Island Department of Art and Art History and Africana Studies Present
REVISITED, REFRAMED, AND RECONSTRUCTED
New Works By Bob Dilworth
January 27 – February 28
Opening reception January 27, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Evening Reception February 14, 4:30 – 7:30
URI Fine Arts Center Building
105 Upper College Road
This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts presents 25 of the State’s Finest Artists at the 10th Annual RISCA Fellowship Exhibition Friday, February 21 through Friday, March 28, 2014. The RISCA Fellowship Exhibition is an annual event that showcases works by Rhode Island artists who have been recognized by the State for artistic excellence in their discipline. Fellowship Winners receive a $5000 award and Fellowship Merit Award Winners receive a $1000 award. Artwork by each artist will be included in the 2014 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition.
This year the RISCA Fellowship Exhibition will take place at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Mill Gallery, 560 Mineral Spring Ave in Pawtucket. The public is invited to attend:
• Opening Artists Reception on Friday, February 28th from 6-9:00 PM.
• Fellowship Writers Night on Friday, March 7th from 6 – 8 PM when literature Fellowship Award Winners will read from their most recent works. This event will also feature performances by Music Composition Fellows Kirsten Volness and Paul Phillips
• Artists Talk and Closing Reception on Friday, March 28th from 6 – 8 PM, when Fellowship artists will talk about their work and creative process.
All events are free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Thurs – Fri 3 – 7 pm, Sat – Sun 1 – 5 pm or by appointment: 401-487-8811
“The Fellowship Exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to experience the work of the artists selected as Rhode Island’s 2014 RISCA Fellows,” says Cristina DiChiera, Director of Artists Programs for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. “These artists were selected through a rigorous review process and they represent some of the finest creative talent our state has to offer,”
Visual artists featured in the 2014 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition include Bob Dilworth, Ernest Jolicoeur, Kirstin Lamb, Judith Larzelere, Jon Laustsen, Olivia McCullough, Quintin Rivera Toro, Eleanor Sabin, Jonathan Sharlin, Steven B Smith, and J.R. Uretsky. Video and music stations in the gallery will feature works by choreographers Ali Kenner-Brodsky and Danielle Genest, composers Paul Phillips and Kirsten Volness, filmmakers Xander Marro and William Smyth, and New Genres artists Megan and Murray McMillan. The Fellowship Writers Night will include readings by Ifa Bayeza, Tina Egnoski, Samson Jardine, Adara Meyers and Anna Solomon and performances by Music Composition Fellows Kirsten Volness and Paul Phillips.
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition runs from from February 21 through March 28 at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery.
PAC at The Mill Gallery in
“Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.”
Rhode Island Contemporary:
The Art Collection of Dr. Joseph A. Chazan
Reception June 12, 6pm -8:30pm
URI Main Gallery
URI Fine Arts Center
105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI
Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday 12 – 4:00 p.m.
Rhode Island School of Design Museum
224 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903
Main: 401 454 6500
Visitor Services: 401 709 8402
Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 am–5 pm
Thursdays, 10 am–9 pm
June – July, 2013
3 Central Street, Providence RI.
We Are Family
City Hall Gallery,
Providence City Hall
25 Dorrance Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
401 421 7740
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
259 Atwells Ave. Providence RI
Mon – Wed: by appointment and by chance
Thurs – Sat: 12 – 8pm
Open Sundays resuming September 23rd, 12-6PM
University of Rhode Island,
URI Fine Arts Center
105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI
Monday – Saturday 12 – 4 p.m.
|March 14 – April 27th , 2013
Opening Receptions: March 21st 5 – 9pm & April 18th 5 – 9pm
Art, Food & Wine: March 28th 5 – 7pm & April 25th 5 – 7pm
“The square show offered me an opportunity to really question traditional approaches to painting and to experiment with new ones.
I see the three works on canvas as studies for larger pieces, and therefore representing the beginning of a new and uniquely engaging series. In some ways this marks a departure from old approaches but in many ways they are a testament to the exploration and experimentation that defined earlier works.
I am very happy to have been invited to participate in this show and I invite you to take a look at the three works I’ve created especially for the square show.”
|This is what Gallery Z has to say about the Show “”The Square Show”, a popular new type of gallery exhibition style from across the pond is about to pop up at Gallery Z!
This upcoming trend in Europe has spiked our interest, and we cannot wait to see how our artists and gallery goers react to this style of showing art.
As always, we have a very diverse collection of artists, but this time they all have the same guidelines. Each artist that has chosen to participate in this show has been given three canvases. One is 12x12in, one is 16x16in, and one is 20x20in. Each of the artists’ three canvases reflects their styles and chosen mediums. One of the most exciting details of this show is that the price points are very fair; $250(small), $450(medium), and $650(large). “
One of my resolutions for 2013 is to “make more art” and another is to increase community involvement in the art making process so that through involvement with art people will connect more and share more about their life experiences. Families become closer; and friends, both old and new, grow closer as they share their experiences. And as a result the history of community will be preserved, not just in books, films and other media, but also in people’s hearts and minds.
Three works of a new major community involvement project called “From Where We Come” are now showing at Gallery Z in Providence, Rhode Island. Displayed in Gallery Z’s Special Collections, the works are part of the series of sewn and framed figures decorated with beads, coins, nails, pins, hair and fabric.
Click on any of the thumbnails below to see a full size picture and treat yourself to a visit to the gallery to see the three works in person where you will be able to more easily see and appreciate the ethereal, spiritual, and intriguing physical qualities of the works which are meant to reflect the improvisational element of African-American life and lifestyles.
Gallery Z 259 Atwells Avenue, Providence RI 02903 401.454.8844
The RI RISD Alumni Chapter invites you to the opening reception of RADIUS, an exhibition of RISD Alumni from the greater Rhode Island area. Thursday, January 31 6pm to 8pm Keeseh Studios 42 Rice Street, Providence, RI
I have a work on display entitled, “Baker’s Secret”, from my new major community involvement project called “From Where We Come”.
Baker’s Secret is a hybrid of sewn, framed figures decorated with beads, coins, nails, pins, hair, fabric, and other objects found and made. It is one of a larger project that is being created to increase community involvement in the art making process. I believe that through involvement with art people will connect more and share more about their life experiences. Families become closer; and friends, both old and new, grow closer as they share their experiences. And as a result the history of community will be preserved, not just in books and films and other media, but also in people’s hearts and minds.
Keeseh Studio 42 Rice St, Providence, RI 02907 (401) 316 2872 email@example.com