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Gallery exhibits work of teacher and his student

April 8, 2013

Art by Fred Dalkey and Nathan Lewis

The Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus Art Gallery is showing “A Life of Looking: Fred Dalkey and Nathan Lewis,” through April 26. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9. This show highlights the influence upon Lewis of his first teacher, Dalkey.

Lewis is a California-born painter and installation artist who received his Master’s of Fine Arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is a tenure-track assistant professor of art at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries and universities and is in private collections in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Russia and India. His paintings have been on the cover of numerous books and journals and his work was included in films shown at the Cannes and Sundance Film festivals.

Dalkey is a professor in the art department at Sacramento City College in Sacramento, Calif., and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from California State University. He has had solo and group exhibitions across California and in New York City. He is a recipient of the Sacramento City College Emeriti Affiliates Faculty Achievement Award, the Paul and Margaret Beterlson Prize for Graphics from the National Academy of Design and the Distinguished Service Award from California State University.

In a review of the show, Art New England’s Stephen Vincent Kobosa writes Lewis’ “‘myth painting’ is a series of new inventions, acknowledging its precedents, while placing them entirely in the mad world of our own day.”

The gallery is located in Room 3500, on the third floor of the round building at the Warwick campus, 400 East Ave. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information, e-mail

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