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RIC faculty member Michael DeQuattro ’96 receives Fellowship in Music Composition


Michael DeQuattro
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) has awarded Michael DeQuattro ’96 with a Fellowship in Music Composition award.

DeQuattro, who is an adjunct instructor of percussion at RIC and a freelance performer in Providence and Boston, earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at RIC and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from The Boston Conservatory.

RISCA’s Music Composition Fellowship Review Panel described his work as “exciting, gripping, eclectic and accomplished” according to the organization’s website.

Work by each of the award-winning artists will be included in the RISCA 2011 Fellowship Exhibition. The exhibition is an annual event that showcases the works of Rhode Island artists who have been awarded by the state for artistic excellence in their discipline.

Fellowship winners receive a $5,000 award; Merit Award winners receive a $1,000 award.

“The Fellowship Exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to experience the work of the artists selected as Rhode Island’s 2011 Fellowship Artists through RISCA’s rigorous review process,” said Cristina DiChiera, director of artists programs for the RISCA. “These artists represent some of the finest creative talent our state has to offer.”

This year, the Fellowship Exhibition will take place at The Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly (www.westerlyarts.com). The show can be viewed Wednesday, Jan. 26, through Saturday, February 19. The opening reception will be held Wednesday Feb. 2, from 5-8 p.m. An exhibition closing night and artists talk is set for Saturday, Feb. 19, from 3-5 p.m.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (www.arts.ri.gov) works to stimulate the public’s interest and participation the arts, provide educational opportunities and encourage the growth of the state’s cultural resources and freedom of artistic expression. Funds for programs and services are provided by the Rhode Island State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.