‘South County Art Association Presents: Diaspora, An Open Juried All-Media Exhibition’ at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, Oct. 28 – Jan. 25, 2023

Opening reception is on Nov. 3, 5 p.m., at One Capitol Hill, Providence

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today the all-media exhibit, South County Art Association presents Diaspora, An Open Juried All Media Exhibition on display, Oct. 28-Jan. 25, RISCA’s Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill on the main floor of the state’s Administration Building in Providence.

The opening reception in the gallery, One Capitol Hill, Providence, will be on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. It’s open to the public.

The exhibit examines the theme of diaspora with artworks expressing inclusion, exclusion, identity, diversity, and how it relates to cultural identities. This exhibit features 30 Rhode Island artists and their 38 artworks selected by Juror Bob Dilworth.

Accompanying the artworks are narratives written by the artists explaining their inspiration for creating the art piece. Some pieces tell individual stories of how ancestry and heritage played into their cultural identity. Other artworks speak to the bigger theme of the migration of cultural identities challenging the ideas of an established world.

“With diaspora as the theme, these works are a particularly strong examples of how art raises consciousness levels and awakens us to consider issues of equity, inclusion and diversity.”

Lynne McCormack, Executive Director of RISCA

The exhibition was curated by Bob Dilworth and the featured artists include: Alison Rice, Beth Einstein Casagrande, Brooke Waldron, Casey Hayward, Catherine Mansell, Cathy Russo, Christine Ashley, Cindy Horovitz Wilson, David Lee Black, Dianne DeTommaso, Jillian Barber, John Kotula, Kim Pinksaw, Linda Peduzzi, Lisa Lyman Adams, Lynne Moulton, Marian Goldsmith, Marilyn McShane Levine, Mary Belden Brown, Maryann Stenson, Michelle Henning, Paula Childs, Paula Guida, Paula Imbergamo, Peter Elsworth, Rick Catallozzi, Russell Flagg, Stephen Cook, Stephen Wood and Todd Kenney.

Exhibit details

What:  South County Art Association presents Diaspora, an Open Juried All-Media Exhibition
When:  On Display Oct. 25- Jan. 15, 2023 / Open to the public, weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays
Where: The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill is on the first floor of the state administration building in Providence.     

Mark your calendar for the opening reception on Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. at the gallery.

On display: Arts Champion Iona Dobbins – A Collection of Rhode Island Art

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(Left image- “Island” by Elizabeth A. Goddard, Right image- “Total Disarmament” by Fritz Eichenberg)

“Arts Champion Iona Dobbins – A Collection of Rhode Island Art” at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill
On Display: Sept. 15 – Oct. 26, 2022

Gallery Reception: Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, from 5-7 p.m./Open to the public

Iona Dobbins (1930-2012) was a vital force in the Rhode Island arts community, a bright sun that enabled all the arts to grow and flourish throughout the state. It was her deep belief that the arts are an essential part of everyday life. Her work, especially with emerging artists, helped Rhode Island enjoy an artistic Renaissance.

“The arts and arts activities are the soul of the state. We (RISCA) specialize in raising consciousness levels and awakening people to the art forms that surround us.” – Iona Dobbins, Former Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Throughout her decades of work in the arts, Iona was a catalyst for change. Where there was a need she moved to fill the void. She brought creative opportunities to the disabled, business and arts communities together, and founded enormously successful events that benefited the state.

Iona Dobbins’ Collection features a beautiful arrangement of drawings, paintings, etchings, monotype, a quilt, along with ceramic, metal, blown and fused glass sculptural pieces. This exhibit is on display at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill on the main floor of the state’s Administration Building in Providence.

Featured artists: Xavier Navarro Alemay, Stephen Brigidi, Paulette Carr, MC, Ruth Dealy, Bill Drew, Neal Drobnis, Fritz Eichenberg, Elizabeth A. Goddard, Hmong artists unknown, Karen Klingon, James Kubiatowicz, Connie Leslie, Maxwell Mays, John C. Meyers, Alice K. Miles, Denny Moers, James B. Myette, Joseph Norman, Regina Partridge, Sarah Powers, Jacquelyn Rice, Mimo Gordon Riley, Aaron Siskind, Esther Solondz, Nick Swearer, Michael Stern and Elizabeth Zimmerman.

For more information, visit http://ionadobbins.com.

Atrium Gallery Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. For more information on the Atrium Gallery, click here.

Solo Exhibit featuring “Abu’s Cultural Journey” at the Atrium Gallery

Abu’s Cultural Journey Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill/Image: Perception Culture (left) and
Lady Rest (right).

This exhibit features intriguing artwork containing an assemblage of found objects created by Abu. It is currently on display at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, on the main floor of the state’s Administration Building in Providence. Abu is a Rhode Island artist, born in Liberia along the west coast of Africa, who uses an array of textural materials including fabric, leather, fur, rope, metal, glass, beads, rocks, cardboard, and even vintage rubber jewelry molds to create his compelling artwork. 

“As an artist, my inspiration comes from the world around me. Through this reality, I fight to capture daily stories that will become tomorrow’s memories. I am passionate in learning about various cultures and then reinterpret them through my art. As a photographer and artist, I’ve participated and captured many memorable and creative moments. Through these experiences, I have learned more about the arts, enjoyed time with friends, met new people, all while gaining lasting relationships.” – Abu

Exhibit Details

What: Solo Exhibit featuring “Abu’s Cultural Journey”
When: Currently on display through Sept. 15, 2022. Open to the public, weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where:  The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill is on the first floor of the state’s Administration Building in Providence.

Abu was born in Liberia. His mother is Liberian, and father is from Sierra Leone. Abu stated, “The experience of growing up between two cultures strongly shaped my personality and guided my perspective throughout my life.” Abu studied photography at the Community College of Rhode Island, then went on to earn an Associate in Business Administration, Bachelor in Marketing, and an MBA in Global Leadership/Marketing degree from Johnson and Wales University. This educational foundation, coupled with strong networking abilities, provided the knowledge to manage and market his passion for photography and the arts.

When Abu is not creating artwork, he spends his time giving back to the community as a volunteer at Higher Ground International, a nonprofit organization in Providence. Abu said, “For the love of my community, I set-aside time to volunteer at Higher Ground Int., where I have had the privilege to call home for many years, helping African elderly ladies enjoy the outdoors and meet new friends.”

Abu’s Exhibit Tribute

“I want to dedicate this show to five important individuals who are not here to see and witness this show and thank them for making my life what it is today: my late grandmother, Luvinia E. Sims, thank you for the lessons that led me here; my late father, John P. Abu, thank you for all your support; my friend who introduced me to creating, Sidney Leonardo Tillett, inspired me by gifting a bag of scrap leather on one of my visits to his studio; the awesome, amazing, fashionable, and funny Adneris, who lost her battle to breast cancer before her first art gallery/museum exhibit with me, I miss you; and the incredible artist and friend, Michaelle Saintil, who also lost her battle to breast cancer, I miss you.”

The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill was developed to exhibit the work of Rhode Island artists in the State Capitol Complex. It hosts exhibits on a rotating basis, in partnership with several state agencies & organizations. The art gallery enhances Capitol Hill as a destination point for visitors, as well as for the many people who visit Administration offices or attend conferences at One Capitol Hill. It also enriches the work environment for the hundreds of state workers who spend their workday in the building.