Yong Chen to exhibit at Bannister Gallery, Dec. 6-28  

Yong Chen, 'Farmer's Market' (Oil on Canvas)

China-born artist Yong Chen will present a new body of work that explores the immigrant experience in America in an exhibit from Dec. 6-28 at Bannister Gallery on the Rhode Island College campus. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5-8 p.m.

Chen’s highly detailed renderings of Asian immigrants are a striking reference to a cultural experience steeped in Western art and yet, his work contains elements of Chinese art making at its core.

Born in Taishan, Chen came to the United States in 1989 where he studied illustration and graphic design, earning a master’s of fine arts degree from the University of Hartford, Conn. He has illustrated and authored many children’s books and magazines. He is currently an art professor at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.

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

Christian Goncalves, 'Crisis'


Also on exhibit, in Bannister’s Focus Gallery, is the artwork of Christian Goncalves, who received his formal training at Rhode Island College. His work is in the sculptural realm, with a formalism connected to modernist traditions.  The results are sculptural forms that are seem both physical and ephemeral. 

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 www.ric.edu/Bannister or call (401) 456-9765.