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Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 874-2116

URI Providence Campus Galley presents ‘Empowering Women’ Women’s History Month Exhibit: March 3 -March 28

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- February 20, 2003 -- The URI Providence Campus Gallery at 80 Washington St. will present a powerful exhibit of women’s artwork from March 3 through March 28 on its first and second floor lobbies as part of Women’s History Month.

The exhibit focuses on transformations from domestic violence and abuse and features the work of victims and survivors of domestic abuse and of counselors who work with them in the healing process. It is positive and affirming, reflecting the strength and creativity of women in overcoming adversity.

Alice Trimiew, from the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence creates photographic landscapes that reflect healing through harmony with nature and reveal the spiritual dimensions evident in the physical world.

Angela Nash Wade also from the coalition creates photographic human landscapes focused on family gatherings at deeply spiritual moments such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals that illuminate the strength of the human spirit and powerful bonds of love.

Sandra Salzillo-Shields, who counsels survivors in her private practice, creates mixed media sculptures deeply rooted in mythic and spiritual imagery reflecting a transformation from the experience of violence and abuse toward wellness.

These three women not only use their creativity in their work with survivors but in their own lives as a way of processing the powerful emotional experiences of sharing in the lives of survivors of abuse.

The exhibit also features the work of survivors. Among these works are the iconic and symbolic images and creative writings of incarcerated women and women transitioning from incarceration. Domestic violence and abuse has played a major role in their life stories, which they are in the process of recreating and rewriting.

The exhibit is presented in collaboration with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Women in Transition and Growing Together (Prison & Arts Ministries of the Mathewson Street United Methodist Church.)

For More Information: Steven Pennell, 277-5206

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