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State Employees Artistic Skills on Display at 15th Annual State Employees Art Show

The artistic talents of state employees are on display at the fifteenth annual State Employees Art Show, an exhibit of art work by current and retired Rhode Island state employees, on display now through January 9, 2014 at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, a gallery space managed by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

The State Employees Art Show is one of the year's most popular shows in the state gallery, since it showcases the often hidden artistic talents of state workers. Each year a different group of talented artists emerge, from agency directors to clerk-typists. This year's show features 55 paintings, drawings, photographs, and even tapestries by 23 state employee-artists from 17 different state agencies and the General Assembly.

"I'm always amazed by the artistic talent we see from our fellow state employees," said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. "The quality and creativity of the state workforce is evident through the wonderful works of art on display in this annual show."

This year's show includes work from two agency directors, Department of Environmental Management director Janet Coit and Department of Children, Youth and Families director Janice DeFrances, and the State Purchasing Agent, Lorraine Hynes. They are part of a show that features work from employees at the Departments of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals; Children, Youth and Families; Health; Environmental Management; Human Services; Labor & Training; Administration; Transportation; along with the Division of Purchasing and the Division of Information Technology; Historic Preservation; the Office of Housing & Community Development; the Office of State Medical Examiners; the Division of Taxation; the General Assembly; and the Rhode Island Film & TV Office.

The Atrium Gallery is located in One Capitol Hill, the state's main administration building, and is managed by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. It is open weekdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and closed on all State holidays.

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.

About the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill

The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill was developed to exhibit the work of Rhode Island artists in the State Capitol Complex. It hosts exhibits on a rotating basis, in partnership with several State Agencies & Organizations. The art gallery enhances Capitol Hill as a destination point for visitors, as well as for the many people who visit Administration offices or attend conferences at One Capitol Hill. It also enriches the work environment for the hundreds of state workers who spend their workdays in the building.

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  • Release date: 12-09-2013

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