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URI Graduate School of Oceanography to Host First Benefit Art sale at “Studio Blue”

Media Contact: Sara Hickox, 401-874-6277

Three artists to exhibit 30 works of ocean-themed fine art

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – May 19, 2014 – The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography is hosting its first “Gallery Night at Studio Blue,” to raise funds for fellowships for oceanography graduate students. The event will feature 30 works of ocean-themed fine art by three notable New England artists: Michael Coyne, Kate Huntington and Dora Atwater Millikin.

A virtual exhibition will take place online from May 26 to June 20 at Gallery. The works will be on display at the GSO’s “Studio Blue” in the Coastal Institute building on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus on Thursday, June 5 from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A “Reception with the Artists”, for which a RSVP is required, will be held during the exhibit hours on June 5.

“These works all draw upon a depiction of the realistic and enhanced marine environment that the faculty, staff and students at the Graduate School of Oceanography strive to promote on a daily basis through their education and outreach endeavors,” said Sara Hickox, director of the GSO Office of Marine Programs and organizer of the exhibit. “This is a tribute to Rhode Island first and foremost.”

Judith Swift, director of the URI Coastal Institute, which is co-hosting the event said, “This is the first professional benefit and exhibition in our Studio Blue gallery, and we have high hopes for raising funds for fellowships to support students at the Graduate School of Oceanography. We encourage anyone interested in acquiring a work of art that reflects Rhode Island’s long tradition of celebrating Narragansett Bay and the ocean to explore the gallery of available paintings on the event website and visit Studio Blue from June 5-7 to view the paintings on display.”

Michael Coyne’s seascapes and landscapes depict the rocky shorelines and salt marshes of the South Shore of Massachusetts and Cape Cod. Working in a representational style, he creates studies and observations to support large works in the studio. His works can be found in numerous public, private and corporate collections.

Providence native Kate Huntington attended the Rhode Island School of Design and has been working continuously as a painter since 1976. Her works have been exhibited in many New England galleries and museums and featured in several distinguished books. In 2007, a dozen of her paintings were featured in scenes of the award-winning Showtime television drama Brotherhood.

Influenced by early American Modernism, Dora Atwater Millikin’s subject of coastal New England scenery has an emphasis on the gritty, seldom-observed aspects of the landscape. A native of Little Compton with a studio in Westport, Massachusetts, she has received numerous awards and prizes in juried exhibitions around the region.

For more information about the art sale and exhibition or to RSVP for the Reception with the Artists, visit the Event website; contact Maryann Scholl at 401-874-6211; or email studiobluegallery@gmail.com.


MEDIA NOTE: High-resolution images of selected pieces by each of the three artists are available by contacting Sara Hickox at the phone or email listed at the beginning of this release.