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URI Providence Campus exhibit and performance explore issues of sexual and gender identity

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

Coming Out Exhibit: Oct 4-29, 2010

Gallery Night Reception & performance: Oct. 21. 5-9 pm

Performance of The Journey Out: Oct. 22 & 23, 7:30 pm, Oct. 24, 4 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- September 21, 2010 -- The URI Feinstein Providence Campus will present an exhibit and original play that explore sexual and gender identity and the revolutionary action of "coming out." The arts and culture event entitled "Coming Out: The Art & Politics of Gender & Sexuality," will be held Oct. 4-29.

Written and directed by Frank V. Toti, Jr., The Journey Out will premiere as part of the "Coming Out" event. The unique play from oral histories of older Lesbian Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Rhode Islanders will be performed Oct. 22-23 at 7:30 pm and Oct. 24 at 4 pm.

According to URI Providence Campus Coordinator of Urban Arts and Culture Steven Pennell, the exhibit and performance pieces consider and explore several questions and issues faced by members of the LGBTQ community. All exhibits and events are free and open to the public and will be held at the URI Providence Campus, 80 Washington Street, Providence.

The art exhibit features inspiring, expressive and dynamic art works in all media by the following artists: Robert Adamcik, Jane Adams, Heather Adels, John Ahrsenault, Richard P. Bennett, Mary Ellen Benoit, Michael Breyette, Jenny Cabreja, Paul Carpentier, Steven Carpenter, David Carrino, William Cash, Larry Collins, Steve Cronkite, Lee Daniels, Lisa Decesare, Tamara Diaz, Jack Donahue, Kimberly Dow, Melanie Ducharme, Joseph Farrelli, Phillip Gabrielli, Ricky Gagnon, Eric Gibbons, Cynthia Glinick, Stephen P. Gross, Kira Hawkridge, Chad Houle, David Howard, Darrell Hughes, Lee Johnson, Steve Katz, Amy Kinney, Alexis Kosmider, Kitty Litter, Kelly Martin, Chris McGlaughlin, Olan Montgomery, Campbell Paxton, Julian Penrose, Christopher Pothier, Roger Reutimann, Kyle Ringquist, Arthur Richter, Joshua Robinson, Lara Sebastian, Jade Sisti, Robert Sherer, Arthi Sundaresh, Melissa Taylor, Joseph Vorgity, Steve Walker.The project was funded in part by Equity Action, Rhode Island Counsel for the Humanities and URI Providence Campus Student Government Board.

For more information contact Steven Pennell, 401-277-5206, uri.artsandculture@gmail.com or visit uri.edu/prov