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URI Fine Arts Center Galleries receives grant to acquire hologram

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 24, 2004 -- An internationally competitive grant awarded to the Fine Arts Center Galleries of the University of Rhode Island has allowed for the acquisition of a new hologram by renowned artist Harriet Casdin-Silver.

The hologram, entitled "Dorothy Taylor," portrays one of the first African-American medical technicians in Boston, and possibly the country. The artwork shows her at age 82, before her death in 2003.

"Its special meaning lies in its portrayal of a pioneering African American woman who, however, acts like an ordinary, modest person. To me, the unassuming pioneering status of this subject resonates with that of the artist herself," said Judith Tolnick, director of the galleries.

"Dorothy Taylor" first appeared at URI in 2001 as part of Casdin-Silver’s "Celebration of Aging" installation. The exhibition, which featured suspended holographic portraits and audio narratives of diverse senior citizens, drew a record number of visitors to the Fine Arts Center Galleries. The significant interest in the exhibit encouraged the application for a grant from the Shearwater Foundation, an organization based in Nottingham, England, that provides funding to institutions and associations that contribute to the understanding and appreciation of art holography worldwide. The Fine Arts Galleries were one of a number of grant recipients.

As part of Shearwater’s Holography Purchase Project, a $5,500 grant was awarded to the galleries. Additionally, several generous individuals and groups, including the URI Office of the President and the URI Alumni Association, donated matching funds for the purchase of the wall mounted, reflection-type hologram.

Other institutions that received grants this year from Shearwater include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of New South Wales in Paddington, Australia, and The Royal Photographic Society Holography Group, in London.

A hologram is a laser light driven, three-dimensional image that is developed as film and requires precise lighting to be legible to the viewer.

The new hologram will at first be shown in the URI Multicultural Center until it finds a permanent public home in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center.

For more information about the hologram or the Fine Arts Center Galleries, contact Judith Tolnick at 401-874-2775.