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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Todd McLeish 401-874-7892

RISD Museum acquires print by URI alumnus,
UCSD faculty member

KINGSTON, R.I. -- July 10, 2003 -- Providence native Ernest Silva, an artist and professor of visual arts at the University of California, San Diego, recently had his color lithographic print, Rough Water, 2001, accepted into the permanent collection at the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design.

The University of Rhode Island alumnus created the work on the occasion of his 30th college reunion in 2001 in collaboration with the URI Art Department and the Fine Arts Center Galleries. The URI Alumni Association produced a limited edition of signed and numbered prints, one of which was donated to the RISD Museum by Douglas Simay.

"The collections of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design are outstanding overall, but they are particularly rich in the deep, tremendously high quality holdings of the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. Having his work enter this collection of this Museum is extremely prestigious," said Judith Tolnick, coordinator of the Fine Arts Center Galleries.

Silva has exhibited internationally and garnered an impressive critical biography. He was featured in the major retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art entitled Made in California: Art Image and Identity 1900-2000. His career includes more than 40 solo and more than 100 group exhibitions throughout the country and in Denmark. He received a URI Alumni Award in 2001 for his contributions to the arts.

The nine-color lithographic print measures 22 inches by 30 inches. Four prints remain available for purchase from the Fine Arts Center Galleries. For more information, contact Sharon Clark at 401-874-2627.

For Further Information: Judith Tolnick 401-874-2775

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