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Annual Student Exhibitions at Bannister Gallery – April 27-May 17

RIC’s annual student exhibitions are opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to demonstrate their many talents in the various studio disciplines offered at Rhode Island College. The Graduate Student Exhibition will run April 27-30, with a closing reception on Thursday, April 30, from 5-8 p.m. The Undergraduate Student Exhibition will run May 7-17, with a closing Reception on Thursday, May 7, from 5-8 p.m.

james Montford

Lecture: Curator Jamilee Polson Lacy – April 27

Jamilee Polson Lacy will give a talk about her experiences as an independent curator of contemporary art on Monday, April 27, at 6 p.m., in the Alex and Ani Lecture Hall. Polson Lacy is founding artistic director of the Twelve Galleries Project in Chicago and curator for the Hunt-Cavanaugh Gallery at Providence College. This event is hosted by the Bannister Gallery.

James Montford

Art Exhibit: “Transformations” – Through April 28

Artist Sook Jin Jo takes the debris of discarded and abandoned material to recreate sculptural pieces, producing a “reflective, meditative experience.” Her exhibit runs from April 2-28 at Bannister Gallery, curated by Professor of Art Lisa Russell. 

James Montford

Lecture: The 16th Annual Robert M. Young Memorial Lecture – April 28

The annual Robert M. Young Lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m., in FLS 050. Guest lecturer will be Fatimah Jackson, director of the Montague Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University. The title of her presentation is “E.E. Just, Epigenesis and Related Subjects.” Ernest Everett Just was a pioneering African American biologist and academician. His research emphasized the fundamental role of the self surface in the development of organisms. He served as chairman of the new biology department at Howard University from 1910 until his death in 1941. Reception to follow.

Neil Gonalves

Conference: “Rhode Island in Action: Feeding Children Where They Live, Learn and Play” – April 30

The Health Communities Office, in partnership with Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Rhode Island Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs, is sponsoring a conference for community leaders, anti-hunger advocates, policy makers, educators and school district staff on Thursday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Student Union.

Titled “Rhode Island in Action: Feeding Children Where They Live, Learn and Play,” this conference will present leading experts and advocates who will talk about the implications of child hunger and the upcoming 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. Workshops will also be presented, addressing culture and hunger, child nutrition programs, the role of the food business in anti-hunger efforts and more.

This event is free. Registration is required and limited to 175 attendees. For more information and to register, visit

Submissions Being Accepted for Ethnic Research Award – Deadline April 30

The Ethnic Research Award is presented to a Rhode Island College graduate student for a research paper or thesis on a topic related to one or more ethnic groups in New England. The award carries a stipend of $250 and is open to a RIC student in any department. The purpose of the award is to increase understanding of the diverse groups of our region. Please send a copy of the paper or thesis by April 30 to Professor Emerita Joan Rollins at

Joan Rollins

Retrospective Exhibit by James Montford – May 1-June 21

James Montford, RIC teacher and director of the Bannister Gallery, will have the first mid-career survey of his work in an exhibit titled “James Montford: Persuasions 1990-2015” at the Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts. The exhibit runs from May 1 through June 21, with an opening reception on Friday, May 1, from 6-8 p.m., with a silent performance at 6:30 p.m.

Curated by Vera Ingrid Grant, this retrospective explores Montford’s confrontational work and engagement with racial stereotypes and social alienations and features a range of works, from his repetitive and grid-like visual portals, maps and proclamations to his performance videos. Within his visual constructions, Montford integrates his own personal exeperience with racial confrontations. Examples include the hangman’s noose and various commercial memorabilia featuring racist caricatures of African Americans. This exhibition displays his work from the early 1990s to his current projects that incorporate the national social moment of "Hands Up" sparked in response to Eric Garner’s racially charged arrest and death in New York City.

“Persuasions Dialogue,” a conversation with the artist and curator will be held on Thursday, May 21, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the gallery. And on Thursday, June 11, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the gallery, Montford will host a participatory discussion titled “Gertrude’s Artists Salon: You and Identity in Art,” where he will invite artists and art enthusiasts to talk about their experiences and ideas on identity in art.

Innovation Lab Celebrates Second Year – May 2

The Innovation Lab’s Second Birthday Party will be held on Saturday, May 2, from 9-11 a.m., in Alger 110. All are welcome. This event will bring together students, faculty, parents and community partners who have created a wide range of collaborative projects between the school district and the college. Meet the students and faculty involved, learn about the projects and hear about the accomplishments, the learning and the challenges. We take great pride in the efforts of these learning pioneers, the first to move us toward achieving together. There will be cake!

Julie Horwitz

RIC Faculty Writing Retreat – Registration Deadline May 8

The RIC Writing Center will offer a week-long Faculty Writing Retreat, May 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are working on a dissertation, book, article, grant application or other project that would benefit from five days of work among supportive colleagues, please contact Claudine Griggs at Snacks and lunch will be provided. The registration/application deadline is Friday, May 8. The retreat is limited to 15 participants. (We expect to hold another retreat in August, so watch for further announcements.)

Upcoming Events at the Student Union

The Office of Student Activities, student organizations and several other offices on campus are getting in high gear for events that will be held in and around the Student Union in the upcoming days and weeks. Here is a sample of what’s underway:

April 20 – Campout for Camp Friendship
April 21 – Greek Week; Nerd Picnic; Arthurian Chess (K)
April 22 – Clothesline Project; Student Leadership Awards
April 23 – RIC Speaks Out Against Sexual Assault
April 24 – Theater in the Courtyard: Showcase Performance
April 25 – Diversity is a Way of L.I.F.E. Conference; Semi-Formal Dance
April 27-30 – RIC END & RSA Res Week
April 27 or 28 – St. Baldrick’s Day
April 29 – Access Challenge
April 30 – Hunger Conference; Block Party; Karaoke Night
May 1 – Relay for Life; BLACKOUT
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 7 – Transfer Assistance Day

And MORE! For additional information, go to RICalendar.

Cap and Gown Day Speakers Announced

I am pleased to announce that the Class of 2015 has selected Harley Mitchell to bring greetings to her fellow candidates at this year’s Cap and Gown Convocation to be held on Wednesday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m., in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall. RIC Professor of Music Teresa Coffman has been invited by the class to deliver the main address. Please join us for this event, as we begin the college commencement season.

Patricia Nolin

Deadlines for Rental of Faculty and Staff Regalia

Monday, April 13, is the deadline for faculty and staff who wish to rent academic regalia for both Cap and Gown Day on Wednesday, April 29, and for Commencement on Saturday, May 16. For those who wish to rent regalia for Commencement only, the deadline is Monday, May 4. Contact Michelle Mare at the Campus Store at extension 8549 or email

Michelle Mare