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CCRI Art Department Newsletter

Two Students Win Awards

Two brand new "anonymous art faculty grants" were recently awarded to two CCRI art students: Ben Rittman at Knight Campus and Bryan Caruolo at Flanagan Campus. The awards were originally proposed as one award designed to grant an eligible CCRI art student, informally nominated and selected by the faculty, for recognition of work and commitment to art. The grant was to be used to assist the recognized student with the cost of art materials. In order to qualify, the student had to be a CCRI student currently enrolled in Art Department classes. The recipient was to be recognized by the faculty as a highly motivated CCRI art student who was productive beyond an ordinary level of expectation and had become involved in the making of art for the passion and joy of exploration. What began as an anonymous gesture by one CCRI Art Faculty member was matched by another anonymous gesture by another CCRI Art Faculty member when two deserving students were nominated from different campuses. Thus congratulations to Ben and Bryan and thank you to those special CCRI Art Faculty members, who ever you are!

Faculty News

Professor Nancy Wyllie spent part of her Fall 2006 sabbatical in Belize and Guatemala where she photographed and filmed Mayan sites including Tikal and Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Maiden). Actun Tunchil Muknal is located in a cave deep in the Belizean jungle. Vertical rock climbs and swims through 12' frigid pools of water are required to reach the crystallized remains of a 15 year old Mayan virgin who lies 40 feet above the waters surface. Wyllie is completing a video which incorporates footage from her experiences in Central America. Upcoming exhibitions include a show of photo constructions at the Nahid Khaki Gallery and a digital video for a project titled Dreams and possibilities at the Whitney/ Altria in March 2007.

Susan Fossati, Adjunct Professor was invited to be the Feature Artist at Hope Gallery, Bristol, RI. Her works will be on display from March 8 thru April 1, opening reception, Friday, March 9th, 7:00-9:00P.M. All are welcome.

Lisa Young. Former CCRI Art Department adjunct faculty member, Lisa Young, will have work on exhibition at the Bell Gallery as part of the Brown University Faculty Exhibition.

Brown University Faculty Exhibition 2007 January 27 – March 4 David Winton Bell Gallery List Art Center, Brown University 64 College Street Providence, RI 02912 Professor Thomas Morrissey will be displaying work at the College Art Association Conference as part of the Arts-Exchange at this year’s conference in New York. He will also be chairing the Community College Session and participating in the Student Mentoring and Portfolio Development programs at this year’s event. He is working on a documentary multi and mixed media project, funded by the Rhode Island Foundation which will find him in Laos later this year. Opportunities for Art Students

Steel Yard Apprenticeship Program

The Steel Yard is pleased to announce the awardees of our pilot apprenticeship program. A partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Steel Yard Apprenticeship Program in Traditional Occupational Art is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Master/Apprentice pairs from a number of traditional and occupational arts competed for these four coveted grants. Beginning their individual programs this spring are:

Chris Vicini and Heidi Born (Lost Wax Casting)
Tim Whitehouse and Joseph Fournier (Timber Framing)
Lu Heintz and Lauren Fisher (Blacksmithing)
Mika Seeger and Marguerite Delucia Hall (Ceramics)

Projects vary greatly from team to team, but it is our hope that this pilot program will give the Steel Yard the opportunity to examine our potential to develop and support our own version of the master/apprentice model. Usually associated with European craft practice, master/apprentice programs are often serious life-long commitments for the most dedicated pairs. We look forward to bringing you more details on these projects as they develop and inviting you to the final public presentation. Congratulations to all grantees!

The Steel Yard
27 Sims Ave. Providence, Rhode Island 02909

Warwick Campus News

Admissions Representative from

Savannah College of Art and Design

To visit CCRI Art Dept.

Thursday, February 15

Warwick Campus, Art Dept.

Room 4064

2:30 pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Savannah School of Art and Design, one of the most highly regarded art schools in the country. Admissions representative, Dominique Farrar, will present a lecture accompanied by digital projections and video, describing the school, transfer procedures, and portfolio requirements.

Also in Warwick

Monday, February 26, noon, Warwick campus Art Dept., Room 4064: Visiting admissions representative from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Liz Nielsen.

Presentation on transfer admission procedures and portfolio preparation

Monday, March 26, noon, Warwick campus Art Dept., Room 4064: Visiting admissions representative from Rhode Island College, Richard Whitten. Presentation on transfer admission procedures and portfolio preparation.

Warwick Campus Gallery Schedule

Gabrial Warren/New Work

March 8 to March 31

Reception March 15, 5-7pm

Site specific Sculpture on view from

March 8 to May 18

Lisa Greenfield

New Paintings

April 5 to April 28

Opening reception April 12 5-7pm

Annual Student Exhibition

May 3 to May 18

Opening reception May 3, 5-7pm

Lincoln Campus News

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Visits CCRI Lincoln Campus Room 2408 Wednesday February 28, 2:00 PM Liz Nielsen, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions will be addressing the Art Seminar Class in Lincoln, February 28. All Students are invited to attend this informative session Lincoln Campus Gallery Schedule

Jan 25- Feb 28, Faculty Show

Reception February 21 1:30 - 3:00 PM in the

Work in all media by full time and part time faculty and staff from the CCRI Art Department.

March 8 - March 29, Kate Oggel

Opening Reception: March 7, from 6-8 pm.

Kate Oggel’s show, Fermata, will be exhibited throughout March in the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery. The artwork is a series of vessel-based ceramic sculptures, emphasizing interior spaces framed by their organic rims. Oggel received her MFA from UMass Dartmouth and currently teaches ceramics at Concord Academy.

April 3 - 27, Catherine Norris

Opening Reception: To Be Announced

An Installation Exhibition.

May 2 - 7, Student Show

Opening Reception: May 4, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Save the Best News For Last Department

New York Trip: Friday March 30, 2007 Details Will Be Announced Soon.

Thought for the Day: Principles become modified in practice by facts

Last Updated: 2/17/17