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Show Featuring the Diversity of Rhode Island Artists opens at State Gallery Space

A show featuring the work of a diverse group of Rhode Island artists is currently on display during the months of August and September at The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, a gallery run by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts located in the State’s main administration building.

The show, titled “Celebrating Diversity”, is the first annual multicultural arts exhibit organized by the State’s Diversity Office, in cooperation with the State Arts Council, the Department of Administration and the Governor’s Office. The coordinator and curator of the show is Elena Calderon Patino.

The show features the work of 18 Rhode Island artists in a variety of media, with some three dimensional pieces dominating the Atrium space in the State Office building.

Cheryl Burrell, Director of the State’s Human Resources Outreach & Diversity Office, said, “for us, this show represents the greatness that can be achieved when we embrace diversity and inclusion. Art is the reflection of the artists’ perspective, the view from their vantage point, and this show presents us with a magnificent array of artistic expression from a wide range of cultural perspectives.” She went on to say that she was, “very grateful to Elena Calderon-Patino, our curator, and Victor Mendoza, State Recruitment Officer, who organized the entire show. And, we are incredibly appreciative of the many Rhode Island artists who have graced us with their works.”

The Rhode Island artists whose work is on display include Dan Butterworth, Clare Nesdall, Jiyoung Chung, Amy Jean Romero, Cinzia Cittadino, Cynthia Ross-Meeks, Ana Flores, Hiroko Shikashio, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Andrew Sloan, Francisco Hernandez, Mark Taber, Ciriaco Herrero, Brittanny Taylor, Betsy McLaughlin, Sidney Tillett, Maria Napolitano, and Affandi Setiawan.

NOTE: links to images from the show can be found below

A free reception with the artists will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2009 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill.

The show itself will close on Friday, September 18. The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill is open during regular state business hours, and is closed on weekends and state holidays.

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.

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: 08-19-2009

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