URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery

About the gallery

The gallery presents a diverse spectrum of visual and performing arts as part of the university’s Urban Arts and Culture Program. The programs explore and raise public awareness about topical issues in the urban community setting, and also celebrate cultural diversity in order to promote understanding.

Through the work of professional artists from community, around the country and the world in themed exhibits exploring such issues as Domestic Violence, Hunger, Homelessness, Breast Cancer Awareness, Human Rights, Civil Rights Globalization, Genetic Testing HIV/AIDS and the Holocaust. The program also presents work by various racial, ethnic and representative populations including Black Community in Rhode Island, Italians in Rhode Island, Indigenous Women, Africa, South East Asia, China Then and Now, My Puerto Rico, Windows To The Sol (Latin American), Bolivia, Vietnam Veterans, Master Strokes (Older Americans), to promote understanding and appreciation of difference through the arts.

The URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery provides opportunities to focus on the value of Art Education in the public schools with The Gift of Art To The State of Rhode Island and also in the three state colleges/universities. The work includes extensive collaboration and outreach to the community and with schools and social service organizations around the region. All exhibits and events are free and open to the public.

URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery
80 Washington Street
(1st and 2nd floor lobby galleries)
Providence, RI 02903
 
www.uri.edu/prov/arts
uri.artsandculture@gmail.com
401.277.5206
 
Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm
Fri-Sat 9am-4pm
Closed Sunday and Holidays

Gallery Director : Steven Pennell

Wheelchair accessible


September Press Release

CLIMATE CHANGE: ART & ACTION Interactive Exhibition September 3-26

Gallery Night Reception on September 19 5-9 pm along with the Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) a staged reading of plays at 7pm in the Paff Auditorium featuring Lighting the Way a group of plays commissioned for this biennial event and presented by the award winning Wilbury Theatre Group

And the Local Impact of Climate Change Round Table Forum in the Paff Auditorium September 26th 7pm

Artists are powerful storytellers. Close observers of nature, they see climate change altering our world – often quickly and dramatically – through a combination of elevated temperatures, rising sea levels, prolonged droughts, and storms of record-breaking frequency, duration, and intensity.  Cities, especially coastal cities like Providence, are especially vulnerable.  Moved to respond, contemporary artists are creating an explosion of art exposing the hubris in our attempt to master nature. Probing with courage and integrity, they are guiding us to reexamine assumptions, challenge myths, and see and think anew in harmony with nature.

This exhibition operates at the intersection of art, science, and civic engagement.  It takes visitors on a journey to meet these visionary pioneers, share their inspired explorations, envision a future rooted in respect for creation– and start designing that future. The exhibition presented by Honoring the Future, a nonprofit launched to harness the power of art to educate, empower, and engage the public on climate change. Our art exhibitions and programs spark conversation and inspire action. We empower individuals, communities and businesses to create a resilient, environmentally responsible climate smart world. (Visit www.honoringthefuture.org to learn more.

We live at a historic juncture – a time when our decisions shape human destiny. Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations now reach levels unprecedented in human history.  As these and other greenhouse gases accumulate and warm our Earth, glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, and growing numbers of species totter on the edge of extinction.  Our challenge is clear.  We can summon the courage and creativity to rebalance our relationship with the Earth.  Or we can continue half-hearted efforts to curtail our carbon footprint even as we witness that strategy failing.  The repercussions of our choices, too, are clear.  We can offer our children and grandchildren a better future, or our legacy can be a very bleak world. 

Art can be a potent catalyst for creative solutions to climate change: art focuses attention, compels reflection, taps creativity, and inspires innovation.  This exhibition explores the work of pioneers of this emerging art, examining the challenges which inspired them and the solutions they envision.

Honoring the Future has designed and created a multi-media contemporary art exhibition with a simple goal: to cultivate visitors’ curiosity about climate change and inspire them to rethink their relationship with Earth’s precious resources.  The exhibition will feature several major “platforms” – that is, art installations or artworks grouped around a central theme. See, e.g., the Alaskan Journey: Artists Bear Witness to Climate Change component summary, and include interpretative signage that provides the background information viewers need to reflect on the visual information in the art.  The exhibit contains interactive elements (e.g., headsets for viewing Let’s Explore, our 360° virtual reality film on climate change, as well as an opportunity for creative expression and idea sharing).  It provides an easily accessible pathway for visitors to take action in response to climate challenge – by connecting visitors to university and outside resources and by suggesting “things you can do” to respond to climate change.  It also includes, “What You Can Do” (available in English and Spanish), online resources to complement and extend the viewer experience, offer an opportunity for community outreach and make use of the assets which make URI an ideal host for such an exhibition: its multidisciplinary research and teaching strengths, its emphasis on innovation and big thinking, its dedication to a sustainable, healthy and environmentally just society and its urban, coastal location. 

This exhibit features more than 75 works by 15 nationally recognized artists in a variety of media created to inform, educate and inspire action against climate change from Honoring the Future - An Open Space Institute Project.  The exhibit includes work by Lillian Ball, Lucrezia Beerli-Bieler, Gary Braasch, Diane Burko, Nancy Cohen, Xavier Cortada, Dudley Edmondson, Cecilia Frittelli,and Richard Lockwood, Lee Goodwin, Peter Handler, Patricia Johanson, Peter Petrochko, David Schrim, Karen Singer, Toots Zynsky,

During the Gallery Night Reception on September 19 5-9 pm The URI Providence Campus Arts and Culture Program in Collaboration with The Award winning Wilbury Theatre Group will present Lighting the Way Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) (see below) a staged reading of plays at 7pm in the Paff Auditorium The works are among 50 new works commissioned internationally on current issues of climate change for a biennial event.

The Local Impact of Climate Change Round Table Forum in the Paff Auditorium September 26th 7pm

“In conjunction with the exhibition, we are proud to feature a public panel presentation reporting on the University’s major leadership role on climate science research,” stated Steven Pennell. The community forum features current information on the impact of climate change in our region and recommended action steps individuals can take. The discussion with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse moderated by Ian Donnis with presentations by faculty from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and The Coastal Resources Institues Jeremy Collie, Isaac Ginis, Howard Ginsberg, John W. King, Pam Rubinoff.

Lighting The Way Climate Change Theatre Action performance

September 19 th at 7pm URI Providence Campus Paff Auditorium 80 Washington Street . Admission is free and open to the public.

The Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) is a worldwide project involving the commissioning of 50 short plays from around the world on various topics of Climate Change Action with performances presented world wide as reading and fully staged production from September 15 th through December 21 st 2019 to coincide with the United Nations Santiago Climate Conference meetings.

Using stories to bring communities together and encourage them to take local and global action on climate change initiatives, the project is modeled on previous NoPassport theatre actions focused on gun control (After Orlando) and the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, CCTA draws on the expertise and resources of local artists, while being global in scope and uniting multiple countries around a common issue.

Under the direction of Logan Serabian with a company of Wilbury Theatre Group actors, the evening will feature, Ice Flow by Phillip Braithwaite, Migratory Birds by James Celenza, Absolutely Nothing of Any Meaning by Sunny Drake, there are a lot of stories you can tell about humanity by David Finnigan The Donation by Jordan Hall, The butterfly that persisted by Lana I. Nasser, The Earth’s Blue Heart by Katie Pearl, Blood on the Leaves by Madeline Sayet, A letter from the Ocean by Caridad Svich and Dust by Marcus Youssef.

Among the cast from Wilbury Theatre Group are: Nick D’Amico,Brian Kozak, Brien Lang, Jennifer Mischley, Maggie Papa, and Jason Quinn. There will be a post performance discussion led by Logan Serabian along with Barnaby Evans form Waterfire, Alicia Lehrer from Woonasquatucket Watershed Council and Performance Artists Eli Nixon.

Don’t miss the CLIMATE CHANGE: ART & ACTION Interactive Exhibit September 3-26 An exhibit art by nationally recognized artists created to inform, educate and inspire action against climate change from Honoring the Future - An Open Space Institute Project with a Gallery Night Reception on September 19 5-9 pm Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 9-9, Fri. & Sat. 9-5, Closed Sundays and Holidays

And the Local Impact of Climate Change Round Table Forum September 26 th 7pm The community forum features current information on the impact of climate change in our region and recommended action steps individuals can take. The discussion moderated by Ian Donnis with presentations by faculty from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and The Coastal Resources Institute including Jeremy Collie, Isaac Ginis, Howard Ginsberg, John W. King, Pam Rubinoff.