Fidelity Investments provides season funding
for URI's Fine Arts galleries exhibitions
KINGSTON, R.I. -- November 2, 2000 -- It's a good thing for Rhode Islanders
that Fidelity Investments knows the value of art. The company has 200 contemporary
works of original art by Rhode Island artists at its offices in Smithfield.
Fidelity's latest foray into the art world is the sponsorship of the
2000-2001 Fine Arts Center galleries at the University of Rhode Island.
It's a great investment. Each year, more than 20,000 Rhode Islanders
visit URI's galleries to view works by regional, national, and international
"It's a confluence of events," said John Muggeridge, vice president
for communications for Fidelity Investments. "Fidelity has an interest
in the arts. It has an interest in education. And it has an interest in
deepening a relationship with the University of Rhode Island. We hire many
URI graduates. There are roughly 200 alumni working for Fidelity nationally,
many in Smithfield."
This season there will be 17 exhibitions at URI -- five in the Main Gallery,
four in the Photography Gallery and eight in the Corridor Gallery. Main
and Photography Galleries exhibition draw from an international palette
of contemporary artists. The Corridor Gallery is dedicated to exhibitions
by URI Department of Art faculty as well as invited regional artists.
"Fidelity has an expertise in the visual art field. It gives us
great pride to be recognized by the company for what we are accomplishing
here," said gallery director Judith Tolnick. She noted that the recently
closed Eva Yeh: Sculpture in Paper drew more 2400 art patrons to
URI's Fine Arts Center. Although Yeh had been widely exhibited in Europe,
the show marked the first time she was presented in this country.
The Fidelity gift also includes exclusive sponsorship of URI's annual
juried student exhibition. "This is particularly heartening as Fidelity
is anticipating the next generation of artists," Tolnick said.
The Fidelity gift is the first major corporate supporter of an entire
art exhibition season at URI.
Winifred Brownell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, noted: "Fidelity
Investments is an impressive organization associated with quality, responsible
investments in business, and a dedication to community outreach and support
of education and the arts. With their generous commitment to the URI Fine
Arts Center Galleries, we will be able to enhance our exhibition programs
featuring works of art by renowned artists for the Rhode Island community.
Fidelity's exclusive support for the URI student exhibition demonstrates
an exemplary commitment to arts education and emerging talent."
For Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2116