URI art students to exhibit work in Providence, Kingston

KINGSTON, R.I. —November 25, 2009– Eight senior University of Rhode Island art students using a variety of media will showcase their work in Providence and in Kingston. Gallery Z, located at 259 Atwells Avenue in Providence, will host the exhibit from Dec. 2 through 5. An artist reception will be held Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.

The main gallery at URI’s Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston will exhibit the work Dec. 10 through 15. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday. An artist reception will be held Dec. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The senior seminar class is a capstone experience in URI’s studio arts program. After experimenting in various media in their sophomore and junior years, the students initiate their own projects and focus on that one cohesive project, for an entire semester. This year’s exhibition includes animation, installation, painting, photography and printmaking.

Jessica Candee created an installation that explores the struggles that her mother and family have experienced after her mother’s diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis. The depth of this family’s struggle with the disease resonates through the shrine-like quality of the installation.

Michelle Caraccia’s painterly monotypes are inspired by the canyon walls of Tséyi’, within the Diné homeland, in the northeast corner of Arizona.

Tim Howe’s audio-visual installation explores the ways that fractal geometry suggests the interconnectivity of all carbon-based life.

Ian Mohon’s black and white photo-based work has intricate detail created by scratching of the photo print surface and from the selective application of paint, collectively alluding to the menacing depth of painful memories.

Alex Henning’s paintings explore evolution and its impact on the environment through the use of vibrant color and symbolic imagery.

Ardith Wood’s surreal, dreamlike photo animation alludes to life’s uncertainties and possibilities, by taking the viewer down complicated pathways on a sometimes-bumpy journey.

Sarah Fitzgerald’s abstract images taken in Galilee, R.I. are jewel-like and reveal a different side to an often photographed area.

Katie Picard’s paintings fuse sculptural elements to emphasize the gestural quality of her subjects. Her paintings consist of layered canvases, each a different size.

“This semester’s journey too has been bumpy, but with satisfying end results. As an artist, I know that if a project doesn’t change from what you initially proposed, neither the artist nor the work have grown. The work of these eight young artists has definitely grown,” said Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, coordinator of the exhibition.

Student Artists, Hometown

Jessica Candee, Providence

Michelle Caraccia, Kingston

Sarah Fitzgerald, Cranston

Tim Howe, Kingston,

Ian Mohon, Providence

Katie Picard, Warwick

Alex Henning, South Kingstown

Ardith Wood, Berkeley, Calif.