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Scenes from The University of Rhode Island

URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery features BIG NAZO ALIVE!

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

Exhibit: Oct. 1-31, Performances: Oct. 17 and 21

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- September 24, 2004 -- The URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery is featuring a frighteningly BIG exhibit next month of Providence-born 'creatures' that have entertained and been celebrated around the world.

A less well-known side of the internationally acclaimed BIG NAZO puppet creatures will be on display Oct. 1 through 31 at URI's Providence Campus located at 80 Washington St. The exhibit will feature a wide range and periodically changing collection of puppet characters, along with drawings and renderings, creation in-process photographs, performance videos and documentary.

Some of the creatures will come to life at URI Feinstein Providence Campusí Family Fun Day, Sunday Oct. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. and again on Gallery Night Oct. 21, from 5 to 9 p.m. All of these events, and Gallery admission are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are: Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday. For more information call 277-5206.

Created by a collective of visual artists, puppet performers, masked musicians and students, the larger-than-life sculptural characters, environments and spectacles are considered to be works of art. Using innovative mask and puppetry techniques, circus acrobatics, live rock and funk music and audience-interactive improvisation, the creators unite to create a bizarre and hilarious variety of educational, social consciousness-raising, politically provocative, and entertaining performance events.