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State Arts Council Announces 2011 Fellowship Exhibition to be held in Westerly

The RISCA Fellowship Exhibition is an annual event that showcases the works of Rhode Island artists who have been awarded by the state for artistic excellence in their discipline. Fellowship Winners receive a $5000 award and Merit Award Winners receive a $1000 award. Artwork by each of these artists will be included in the 2011 Fellowship Exhibition.

This year the RISCA Fellowship Exhibition will take place at The Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, 7 Canal St in Westerly, RI. The show can be viewed Wednesday, January 26 through Saturday, February 19 (please visit for gallery hours and directions). The public is invited to attend the Opening Reception on Wednesday February 2 from 5-8:00 PM. Friday, February 11 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM will be the Fellowship Writers Night, when literature Fellowship Award Winners will read from their most recent works. There will also be an exhibition Closing Night and Artists Talk on Saturday, February 19 from 3-5:00 PM, when Fellowship Artists will talk about their creative process and the Folk Arts Fellowship Award Winner will perform live. “The Fellowship Exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to experience the work of the artists selected as Rhode Island’s 2011 Fellowship Artists through RISCA’s rigorous review process. These artists represent some of the finest creative talent our state has to offer,” says Cristina DiChiera, Director of Artists Programs for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Visual artists featured in the 2011 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition include Erik Carlson, Tzu-Ju Chen, Victoria Crayhon, Ruth Dealy, Joshua Enck, Natalja Kent, Joanne Luongo, Xander Marro, Sue McNally, Thomas Lyon Mills, Maria Napolitano, and Roberta Shapiro. Video and music stations in the gallery will feature works by choreographers Mark Harootian and France Hunter, music composers Michael DeQuattro and Chrissy Wolpert, and filmmakers Lorelei Pepi and Daniel Sousa. The Fellowship Writers Night will include readings by Lawrence Goodman, Catherine Imbriglio, Peter Johnson, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Bill Thomas, and Max Winter

For further information on the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts go to or call 401/222-3881 or email

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

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.

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  • Release date: 01-13-2011

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