Meet Celebrity Guide Bob Dilworth

Nationally recognized and exhibited, Bob Dilworth’s works on canvas and paper, and assemblages, have won many awards including the 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Fellowship in painting, and grants from the Rhode Island Foundation, University of Rhode Island Center for the Humanities, the University of Rhode Island Council for Research, and the National John Biggers Award in drawing, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. His work has also won fellowships from the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming, Angels Gate Cultural Center in association with Marymount California University in San Pedro, CA; Playa Artist Residency in Summer Lake, OR; Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snow Mass CO; Hambidge Creative Center for the Arts and Science in Rabun Gap, GA; the Klaus Center for the Arts, San Pedro, CA; Contemporary Artist Center in North Adams, MA; the African American Master Artist in Residence Program (AAMARP), Northeastern University in Boston, MA; and Le Cite International des Artes, Artist Residency, Paris, France.  His work is included in corporate and private collections including many Chicago libraries and public institutions. Bob earned a Masters of Fine Art degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to teaching, Bob works as a full-time artist. He has taught art and design at colleges and universities throughout the country including, Princeton University, Brown University and Columbia College in Chicago. He is currently a Professor of Art in Painting, Drawing, and Design, in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Rhode Island. Between 2010 and 2013 he served as chair of that department. In 2014, Dilworth was appointed Director of the URI Main Art Gallery, where he currently curates academic centered exhibitions by local, regional and national artists. He has recently been appointed as Interim Director of Africana Studies at URI.