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Artist Sandro Del Rosario to speak at URI Feb. 23

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For More Information: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew 18percent@uri.edu

KINGSTON, R.I .— February 5, 2009 -- Filmmaker, photographer, installation and animation artist Sandro Del Rosario will visit the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus. He will give a presentation that will be open to the public Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, Main Gallery, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. His visit is supported by funds from the Italo Scanga Foundation and URI’s Department of Art & Art History.

Del Rosario uses media like photography, creative film editing and painting to create his animations and films. The work is influenced by his experience of growing up in Italy and life in the United States. For example, LO SGUARDO ITALIANO (The Italian Gaze) is a unique, independent art/film project that uses frame-by-frame animation. To date, he has produced 1,938 oil painted photographs. The estimated number of frames needed to complete the film is about 5,000. The work is made possible, in part, by a 2005 Fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation.

In 1998, the artist was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and received his MFA in film/video with an emphasis in “experimental animation” from CalArts in Valencia, Calif.

His 16mm, animated film “L.City” has been exhibited worldwide, including the MOMA, New York (2006), the London Film Festival (2004), and the Annecy Animation Festival (2002). The film was published in a DVD collection by Rattapallax, New York.

In 2003, the artist was selected as one of the eight Italian filmmakers at the Berlinale Talent Campus in Germany. He has been an artist-in-residence at a number of prestigious residencies such as Yaddo, Macdowell and Djerassi.

Italo Scanga was an accomplished artist who taught at a number of Universities including URI, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and the University of California, San Diego. His work was included in the 1983 Whitney Biennial. He won numerous awards including two National Endowment for the Arts Grants and his work is in a number of prestigious collections including the Fogg Museum, Guggenhiem Museum, MOMA and the RISD Museum. The Scanga Foundation’s support of the visiting artist series reflects his commitment to the arts in education.

For more information, contact Annu Palakunnathu Matthew at 401.874.4541 or 18percent@uri.edu. To receive emails about future URI Art Department presentations, email 18percent@uri.edu.