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Last updated: 3/30/06

What’s New:
Library Exhibit — April 3 - April 28, 2006
Hubris Corpulentus by Art Hazelwood

The April exhibit in the University of Rhode Island Library Gallery is entitled Hubris Corpulentus. Art Hazelwood, a printmaker and painter from San Francisco, will be exhibiting his work with us from April 3-28.

Girding For War, engraving, 6" x 9", 2003

Panel Discussion

On Thursday, April 6, there will be a panel discussion on Political Art: Timely and Timeless. It will take place from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Galanti Lounge on the third floor of the University Library, with a reception to follow.

Members of the panel are:

  • David Berona, Director of the Lamson Library, Plymouth State University and scholar of woodcut novels
  • Art Hazelwood, printmaker and painter
  • Galen Johnson, Director of the Honors Program and Professor of Philosophy
  • Wendy Roworth, Chair and Professor of Art
  • Bill Van Siclen, art reviewer/critic at the Providence Journal.

Art has also created a game called Iraqopoly which he will be bringing along to display and encourage people to play.

Sycophants, engraving, 6" x 9", 2003

About this exhibit, the artist writes:

After it became clear that nothing would stop the US march to war in Iraq, and my frustration and powerlessness mounted the only course that seemed open was to channel despair into small concise statements. Engraving is a method of cutting the copper, brass or zinc plate with tools to create an image. It is a laborious process and one I taught myself during this project. The minuteness, obsessiveness and control required were the perfect match for my mood of focusing anger at a particular detail of the monumentally hubristic government that the US has become under this administration.

I did not presume to portray the photographic reality of the war nor the horrors of wars. My experience is limited in this regard to news consumption but I focused instead on the metaphorical and satirical nature of the enterprise. Liberty Brought to Baghdad portrays a bound and blindfolded lady liberty, roughly treated by troops who are dragging her off to her new intended. The Four Horsemen portray the classic four figures of death, war, disease and famine striding above the globe while tiny insignificant peace protesters march in ant-like swarms.

Art Hazelwood was born in 1961 in Concord, Massachusetts and has lived in various parts of the U.S., as well as Japan and Austria. He received his bachelor’s degree in art from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1983. Over the years he has traveled extensively throughout Asia.
Hazelwood has had one-person exhibitions of paintings and prints in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He is an artist member of several printmaking organizations including the California Society of Printmakers, on whose board of directors he served for six years. Many of his prints have appeared in literary journals, art publications, and book trade magazines.

Street Sheet, San Francisco's newspaper for the homeless, regularly publishes Hazelwood’s prints. In addition, two books of his woodcuts have been published, Forest Song and Promenade - A Voyeur's Guide to America. The magazine Small Press called Promenade "a strangely moving, intensely graphic view of the promenade of daily life in our country." His first public art commission, an outdoor mural, was completed in 2000 in Vallejo California, at the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation. It is 110 feet long and depicts the arts and modern muses. Hazelwood recently completed a series of 60 woodcut prints illustrating his travels throughout Asia called, Walking up and down in Asia.

The following is what Art Hazelwood says about his work: “I arrived at my present style through a curious series of stages. I began with an almost primitive, nature-art, and moved successively onward as if tracing an evolutionary path. I only gradually became aware of the contemporary world. First I painted animals, then nudes in a landscape, then clothed people. Gradually, with no premeditation, I found myself painting the world of today.

“Once I discovered the world in front of me through art, I was ripe to see it in person and began to travel through Asia and America. My book of 26 woodcuts of America, titled Promenade - A Voyeur's Guide To America, is the result of one such trip. In this series of woodcuts, I represent the sights of daily life - from homecoming parades, to nude dancers, to Chicago on the day of the 1987 stock crash.

“After that I lived in Tokyo and then Vienna and traveled quite a bit through Asia. I broadened my field of vision, but my focus remained the events of daily life. My subjects grew to include Moroccans eating kebabs in a public square, Chinese drinking in teahouses, prostitutes on the street in Vienna, and Japanese in Karaoke bars. The common sights of everyday life continued to amaze me.

“On my return to America I took up residence in San Francisco where my world-view took on an increasingly gloomy cast. This made for a series of violent paintings and prints expressing my darkening vision of America. I have tried to represent the chaos and disorientation of this society through paintings inspired by events in the news. The ubiquitous violence of American culture has served as a perverse muse. The feeling of voyeurism, which is ever present in my work, has brought out a good deal of dark humor in my art. I painted several versions of the Tailhook Scandal, with its modern bacchanalian overtones. Another painting, "Purse Snatcher Beaten By Crowd," brings together a group of everyday people in an act of mass hysteria.

"I continue to be inspired by scenes of everyday life. A strange situation on the street strikes me and I work to recreate it. I recently finished a painting of a funeral procession through the Chinese neighborhood in which I live. The funeral musicians, the motorcycle cop, the silent relatives, and the curious bystanders are all squeezed together in the painting. Some might call it a documentary approach to art, but my intention is to reproduce my feelings and not the actual event. I do not use photos to reproduce the event but try to retain my own subjective point of view. I see myself as a witness to life and I see the role of the artist as one of bearing witness to what has been seen and felt.”

More information on the artist is available at

Voila! The Enemy, edition of 20, 2005, color linocut, 24" x 18"

The exhibit and reception are sponsored by

  • The URI Honors Program and Visiting Scholars Committee
  • The URI Center for the Humanities
  • The University Libraries

The Library Gallery is located on the main floor of the University Library, 15 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881. Library hours are:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-Midnight
Friday  8:00am-8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm-Midnight

For more information, please contact Karen Ramsay at 401-874-4625 or

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