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RI’s best high school artists exhibit their work at Hamilton Gallery

NEWPORT, R.I. – For the fifth consecutive year, nearly 200 of the state’s most talented young artists representing dozens of high schools throughout Rhode Island have their works in all mediums on display at Salve Regina University’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery, corner of Lawrence and Leroy avenues.

The special exhibit, which runs through Feb. 2 and is free and open to the public, is part of The 2014 Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards being co-hosted by the Rhode Island Art Education Association and Salve Regina. The program, designed for high school students throughout the state, includes a juried art exhibition, art workshops and awards presentation.

A ceremony for the gold and silver key award-winning students, their families and their teachers will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue. A reception will follow at Hamilton Gallery.

As part of the program, the award-winning students and their teachers attended a day of art workshops, taught by Salve Regina faculty members, on Saturday, Feb. 1 in the studios of Salve Regina’s Antone Academic Center. The workshops include:

Life Drawing with Gerry Perrino:  Drawing from a live model, you will have the opportunity to learn more about human anatomy and further develop a critical eye. Students interested in drawing, painting, and design, the visual concepts of perspective, value, proportion, gesture, and composition will also be reviewed. Perrino holds an MFA in painting from Syracuse University.

Graphic Design with Bert Emerson: In the creative process much of the art designed in Salve's Graphic Design & Interaction Design (IXD) courses are marks that are digitally constructed. This workshop will focus on how to properly draw using the pen tool and provide unconventional ways to generate marks. Wear clothes that may get soiled and bring small objects that can be dipped in paint e.g. old tooth brush, string, twig. Bring a flash drive to save your work. Emerson has a BFA in graphic design from Swain School of Design, a master of arts in teaching from RISD and a master of fine arts in interdisciplinary art from Goddard.

Wheel Throwing with Jay Lacouture: This workshop will focus on ways to use the pottery wheel as a tool for making ceramic forms. The emphasis will be on process, not products. There will be no firing, just an intensive working session for intermediate to experienced ceramic students. Lacouture holds a BA in ceramics from RIC and an MFA in ceramics from West Virginia University.

Photo Workshop with Matthew Clowney: Using our professional lighting studio, cameras and equipment, you will learn how to set up and operate studio strobe lighting with modifiers to create dramatic portraits. Bring a thumb drive to take home best shots. Clowney holds a BFA in photography from the University of the Arts and an MFA in photography from RISD.
Portfolio Workshop with Susannah Strong and Perrino: Assembling a strong portfolio is a powerful tool for admission and scholarship opportunities, whether you’re planning to apply to an art school or a studio art program within a university. Held in a group critique format, you can observe a variety of ways to build a cohesive portfolio that represents each student in the best way possible, and address areas that may need improvement before applying to schools. Bring 8 - 10 pieces of your work, or digital files. Younger students may attend without bringing work if a student wishes to better understand the process of building a portfolio. Strong holds a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and an MA in visual art from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Hamilton Gallery hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Mondays.
Salve Regina’s art department is among a select group of accredited members of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD) who devote themselves exclusively to a bachelor of arts curriculum with a major in studio art or art history with concentrations in ceramics, graphic design, photography, painting and drawing.
The university also offers an interdisciplinary major in interactive communication technology that stresses the use of technology in an increasingly visual world.

For more information on the scholastic art awards, visit the Rhode Island Art Education Association website at: