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Scenes from The University of Rhode Island

URI Providence Campus art exhibit explores pressing social issues

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

July 3 through Aug. 18 with receptions July 21, Aug. 18 from 5 to 9 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- June 27, 2005 -- The University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus will feature the works of nationally known, local artist Anthony Tomaselli. Entitled "WHAT CHANGE? CHANGE WHAT? Anthony Tomaselli's Art For Social Justice" the exhibit will feature a body of large expressive canvases that have never been exhibited as a series.

Tomaselli's works will be on display July 3 through Aug. 18, 2005, with gallery night receptions July 21 and Aug. 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. Free and open to the public, the exhibit takes place on the first- and second-floor lobbies at 80 Washington St., Providence. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Evening hours in August vary.)

A native and lifelong resident of Cranston, Tomaselli's painting career has spanned more than 30 years. His work has evolved in form and content from sensual and vibrant landscapes to explosively expressive commentaries on contemporary life issues ranging from the devastation of 9-11 to local and national corruption.

Created from 1985 to 1995, the works to be shown explore such topics as abortion and the right to life, the electric chair, the first Bush Administration, the first War in Iraq, the local banking scandal, the prison system, street violence, firearms legislations, and nuclear testing.

The exhibit will be accompanied by responsive poetry written by Bill Comeau, a local poet, artist and songwriter, who will also perform some of his work at the gallery receptions July 21 and August 18.

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"Nulear Family" by Anthony Tomaselli.