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URI Providence Campus Gallery
celebrates diversity through December

PROVIDENCE, R. I. -- December 3, 2001 -- The University of Rhode Island’s Providence Campus gallery will celebrate diversity throughout the month of December through collaboration with the International Gallery for Heritage and Culture. The campus is located at 80 Washington St. in downtown Providence.

The I'll Make Me a World Portrait Series and the Diversity & Leadership Cube Series runs from Dec. 3 through 31. An opening reception will be held Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays.

I'll Make Me A World Portrait Series was created for the International Gallery of Heritage and Culture. The exhibit recognizes and features 21 contemporary Rhode Island African-American artists. Included in the series are Dominic A’Vant, painter/illustrator/ animator; Manuel Barros, Jr., lead vocalist/ songwriter/ manager; Matthew Barros, artist/ art instructor; Barbieo Barros Gizzi, painter/ collage artist; Len Cabral, storyteller/ actor; Joseph Geran, Jr., visual artist/ sculptor/ model maker/ high-fashion jewelry designer and manufacturer/ lecturer; Michael Harper, poet/ professor of English; Arthur Hazard, musician/ saxophonist-primary sax (baritone); Raymond Jackson, doctor of musical arts/ concert pianist/ music professor; Don Mays, writer/ director/ film maker/ producer; Barbara Meek, actress for theater/TV/film; Shawn Montiero, jazz vocalist/ Latin style percussionist; Joao Cerilo Monteiro, vocalist/songwriter; Clay Osborne, vocalist/ pianist; Jeffrey Osborne, vocalist/ songwriter and producer; Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, actor of film and theater/ playwright/ director; Ronnie Rose, musician/vocalist; Kenyatta Sanders, singer; Julius Sokenu, poet/lecturer; Valerie Tutson, storyteller; Rose Weaver, actress/singer/writer.

Also on exhibit will be Diversity & Leadership Cubes, mixed-media collages that were created by professional and community artists of all racial and ethnic backgrounds reflecting the richness of the diverse Rhode Island community. The project was conceived and developed by the International Gallery for Heritage and Culture for the National Conference of Community and Justice last spring.

This Program is part of the URI Providence Campus Artist-in-Residence Program, which supports the urban initiative, focused on raising social awareness and celebrating cultural diversity. It is funded in part by the URI Providence Campus Student Government Board. For more information, call 277-5206

For Information: Steve Pennell, 401-277-5206, Jan Wenzel, 401-874-2116

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