Art work of d’Ann de Simone on exhibit at RIC, Oct. 4-24

d'Ann de Simone, "gaia theoria"
D’Ann de Simone, whose work reflects increasing anxiety over the state of American culture, its impact upon the global environment and upon other countries, will exhibit at Bannister Gallery from Oct. 4-24 An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5-8 p.m.

De Simone, a professor of art at Michigan State University, currently uses two primary sources of imagery consistently throughout her work: maps and Chinese paper cuts. She explains that maps are objective records of place and time, but also record the history of humankind’s need to understand and psychologically dominate the environment. In utilizing her second source, Chinese paper cuts, her art brings East and West together by blending imagery from both cultures and “mapping” out a new terrain.

The exhibition is curated by James Montford, director of Bannister Gallery.

Monique Rolle Johnson, "Four Women"
Also on exhibit, in Bannister’s Focus Gallery, will be a special showing of artist Monique Rolle Johnson’s work “Woman,” a collection illustrating the commonality of women with the brilliant colors and rhythmic patterns typical of Johnson’s Caribbean roots.

Since 1978, Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College has presented works of art in all forms of traditional media as well as more contemporary site specific, electronic and video projects.

Gallery hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Accessible to persons with disabilities. For information on event dates and exhibit opening receptions, check the website at or call (401) 456-9765.