One Gun Gone: Thoughts & Prayers are not Enough at RICPA

Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts


One Gun Gone: Thoughts and Prayers are not Enough

Exhibition opening on Gallery Night, October 18 from 5-9pm

One Gun Gone: Thoughts and Prayers are not Enough is the result of an international call for entries juried by Boris Bally. The juror sought work addressing gun violence in America, and the show was produced in partnership with One Gun Gone. The profits from the call for entries will  support a local gun buyback event in Providence. The exhibition opens on October 18th and will be on view through the mid-term election.

One Gun Gone is an educational initiative created by RI Photographer Scott Lapham, providing an outlet for youth in underserved communities to address and deal with gun violence.

Opening night will include the awards presentation and include a show within a show featuring work produced by students involved in One Gun Gone. Their work will include a selection of wax sculptures and other media.

As part of a new program designed to provide opportunities to support positive change in the community, we held a call for entries on CaFE. This exhibition is produced in partnership with One Gun Gone with the profits from the collaboration going to fund a gun buyback program sanctioned by the Rhode Island State Police.

For more information on One Gun Gone, see the website:

For more information on Scott Lapham, founder of the community service project, One Gun Gone, see the website:

About the Juror, Boris Bally

Boris Bally is a nationally recognized artist, sculptor and activist who’s current work addresses gun violence in America. Boris is the organizer behind the traveling exhibition and book “Imagine Peace Now”

Through his practice, Boris repurposes disabled handguns into functional sculptures to redirect the conversation surrounding gun violence in America.

Bally is a Swiss-trained metalsmith/designer working in Providence, where he maintains a small studio business, Bally Humanufactured, LLC. His work is widely exhibited and collected and is included in the collections of London’s V&A Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Art & Design New York, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, Brooklyn Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Renwick Gallery and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.

As an additional opportunity to effect a positive change, we have partnered with One Gun Gone to produce a special edition Candle Gun Sculpture available separately on our website at

The purchase of a sculpture fully funds the buyback of one handgun, but is not required to enter the call for entries.

If you have a sense that Thoughts and Prayers are not enough. If you are interested in actions not words – this is the show for you.

About The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts:

RIPCA was founded to inspire creative development and provide opportunities to engage with photography through exhibitions, publications, education, and mutual support. We strive to advance our members’ careers, strengthen the appreciation of all photo-based media, and foster dialogue around innovation in the arts. Our talented member photographers come from both commercial and fine art backgrounds both local and international. RICPA is a non- profit resource center led by dedicated volunteers. We run a full calendar of professional workshops, juried, group, and individual artist exhibits, open salons, and member support events throughout the year. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

RIPCA is located in downtown Providence, at 118 North Main Street, 2nd floor. Around the corner from the Providence Art Club and across the street from Harry’s Bar & Burger The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and by appointment. Please email or call us at (401) 400-2542 for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @RIPhotoArts.

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