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URI Feinstein Providence Campus features works of costume designer, David Howard

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

Sep 4-29, Gallery Night Reception 9/21

KINGSTON, RI -- September 1, 2006 -- The University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery opens the curtain to show the works of URI Assistant Professor David T. Howard, a professional costume designer for University productions and in theatres throughout the region.

The exhibit, entitled "Gilding the Shoestrings," features Howard's costumes, clothing and renderings of many styles of costume. Free and open to the public the exhibit runs through Sept. 29. Some of the costumes will come to life at the Gallery Night Reception on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 5-9 p.m. with a variety of unique and unusual performances by URI students providing a taste of back stage in the gallery.

Howard's design and costume styles range from historical wedding dresses, 1930ís evening gowns, 17th century court wear and show-stopping production number costumes.

The exhibit provides an inside view of the design process. Among the groupings of costumes are different design concepts for a single play showing under garments, flaming and glittering effects. The exhibit highlights all the steps -- from the research, the construction process, the sketches, renderings, through to the final garment, distressing and aging costumes to show wear. The exhibit also features the design and creation of costumes by current URI student designers.

At the University Howard designed for Disney's Beauty and the Beast, URINETOWN, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (including scenery), Blithe Spirit, La BÍte, Twelfth Night (including scenery), The Taming Of The Shrew, The Laramie Project, Three Sisters, Tracers, The Wiz, Pippin, Cinderella, Our Town, A Chorus Line, Antigone, Into the Woods and others. At The Gamm in Providence, where David is an Artistic Associate, he designed costumes and/or scenery for La Bete, Top Girls, Twelfth Night, Oleanna, The Beard of Avon, Little Voice, Julius Caesar, Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Crucible, American Dream, Henry V, Travesties and Uncle Vanya. Other local design credits include Theatre By The Sea- The Secret Garden, Jekyll and Hyde, Anything Goes, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Dames At Sea, The King And I (Anna and the King Costumes) and My One and Only. David has locally performed in The Gammís Beard of Avon, URIís Into the Woods, the Rhode Island premier of Stephen Sondheim 's Assassins and Blockhead Productionís You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut.

The Providence Campus gallery is located at 80 Washington St. and is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sunday and holidays.

For more information about the exhibit or performance, call the URI Feinstein Providence Campus Arts and Culture Director Steven Pennell at 277-5206 or visit online at