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A National Juried Exhibit of Collage and Constructions
The Bristol Art Museum announces the opening of a new, national juried exhibit comprised of artwork from across the country, Putting the Pieces Back Together, on view starting Saturday, February 12 to Friday, April 1 with an artist reception on Thursday, March 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit features a collection of collages and constructions that express the idea of putting life back together in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
University of Rhode Island Professor of Art Bob Dilworth served as juror for the exhibit that received more than 430 entries for consideration. The exhibit can be viewed Thursday through Sunday until Friday, April 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.
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“With interest from artists across the country, this national exhibit of collage and construction invited artists to express themselves about the impact of the pandemic,” said the Museum’s Exhibition Curator, Mary Dondero. “Artists were invited to cut, rip, layer, and paste, re-contextualize, digitally stitch, create and build art from fragments that suggest new narratives, explore human relationships that reveal coded memories, dreams, or desires. The result is a collection of unique pieces that document the pandemic from several perspectives representative of many geographic locations throughout the country.”
“This national call not only provides an opportunity to highlight the practice of these disciplines, it also gives expression in a time of challenge and defiance to what we have come to term ‘the new normal,’” said Prof. Dilworth. “It is encouraging to see how creativity reflects real life as artists compose, build and construct with whatever materials are at hand – fabric, paper, metal, rope, wire, or nails; as they reorganize, readjust, acclimate, reorient and reacquaint themselves to this unique moment. In this regard, each work in the show is a triumph.”
Prof. Dilworth received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1973 and his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976. Currently he teaches painting, drawing, design, and African American Art History at the University of Rhode Island. His work and academic contributions have been recognized by the Rhode Island Foundation and the University of Rhode Island Research Council. Prof. Dilworth’s art has been reviewed regularly in the New England press as well as in Florida, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas. His work is widely collected, from the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, to the Fairmont Hotel Corporation, San Francisco. A recipient of the 2014 Rhode Island Council for the Arts Painting Fellowship, he is also a Board member of the Newport Art Museum.
“Collage, assemblage and constructions were widely used in the 20th century and continues today, as this exhibition will attest,” added Prof. Dilworth. “Putting the Pieces Together, is by no means a definitive statement but, as mentioned before, a snapshot; intended to spark conversations around building art from fragments of our lives in unfamiliar times. It is meant to explore how art may provide a path to new relationships in a period when social distancing has become the standard. And it is determined to suggest new narratives when all others seem exhausted in this era of uncertainty.”
Founded in 1963, the Bristol Art Museum encourages the creation, promotion, and appreciation of the arts through rotating exhibitions and educational opportunities. Community outreach programs and partnerships are central to their goal of engaging diverse audiences in the arts of our time. The Museum aims to enrich the cultural life of the community and region through eclectic exhibitions and educational programs, and to be an accessible community resource for future generations.