Historic Exhibition of Work by R.I. Artists at Bannister

Artists not only cluster in art capitals like New York and London, they also have thriving communities in Rhode Island.

A new four-part documentary film series “The RI Art Archive Project” profiles 14 Rhode Island visual artists and extends the conversation to R.I. curators, art historians and collectors to document and preserve the state’s contribution to the arts. Bannister Gallery is holding a group exhibition of the artists featured in Part 1 of the film and will run the exhibit through Dec. 20.

The following 13 artists featured in the film will be displaying their work at Bannister: Deborah Baronas, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Peter Geisser, Saberah Malik, Salvatore Mancini, James Montford, Leo Narducci, Morris Nathanson, Ilse Nesbitt, Howard Newman, Brian Shure, Gretchen Dow Simpson, Kenn Speiser and Howard Ben Tre.

Each of the artists was selected because of his/her overall contributions to the arts community in Rhode Island and for the individual and social consciousness demonstrated in their work and studio practice, said RISD alumnus Holly Gaboriault who produced and directed the film. Three RIC alumni were also part of the production team: Christopher O’Brien ’99, editor and camera; Christopher Paul Kelley MAT’10, composer of soundtrack; and Eric Sheridan ’99, camera.

Visit the Bannister Gallery to view work by the featured artists. Biographies of all 14 artists may be found at the RI Art Archive Project Blog. For a preview of the documentary, go to RI Art Archive Project 2013 Trailer.

“Listen to the universal elements that exist within the arts community, including the unique perspectives of artists and what inspires them as they create work that expands our own knowledge of the world,” said Gaboriault.