Thursday, February 24, 2011

Call for Entries | Visual Arts Sea Grant Program

The Visual Arts Sea Grant Program of Rhode Island was established in 1988 to encourage New England professional visual artists to address the issue of the environment of the ocean and its coastal communities. Grants are intended to financially assist individuals and/or collaborating artists whose works are related to themes of the marine environment. Curatorial proposals will be considered. 
The grants, up to $3,000, will be awarded annually. This year's application deadline is May 27, 2011. 

Previous recipients of Sea Grant awards are not eligible for five 
years. Individuals enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students are not eligible. Proposals will be review by a panel of RI professionals in the visual arts.
Applicants must submit:

  • Maximum of ten .jpeg images in RGB format approximately 1024 pixels wide on a CD.
  • Artist's current resume and brief statement, outlining the objective of the proposal, relevance of the work to ocean environments, and the relationship of the proposal to past work.
  • A list of images including name, title, date, medium, dimensions, and file name.
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of slides and materials.
  • Itemized budget including: supplies, services and support personnel.

Visual Arts/Sea Grant
Department of Art & Art History
Fine Arts Center
University of Rhode Island
105 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881-0820

    See a list of Visual Arts Sea Grant awardees

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Images Evolve

    Dreams, memories, a stream of consciousness, instinctive flow, pushing form and stressing content...that's how Images Evolve. The upcoming exhibition of recent paintings by artists Carl Dimitri from Rhode Island, Samantha Listorti from Connecticut and Aaron Wetjen-Barry aka a-ronious from Boston presented in the galleries at Hygienic Art. The show runs from February 19th until March 12th. The show is located at Hygienic Art, 79 Bank Street in New London, CT.

    Check it out:

    Friday, February 18, 2011


    A collaborative project between Hera Gallery & The Origami Poems Project:


    Gala Opening will be on Saturday, March 12th from 6-8 p.m.
    Special Guest: Tom Chandler, RI poet Laureate Emeritus
    Music by Castle and James Shelton
    Readings by Origami Poems Poets

    Eat a Poem for Lunch
    Held at Baglez in Wakefield on Saturday, March 19th and 26th at noon
    Music, art, readings from local poets
    Daniel Chase, musician

    Celebration of National Poetry Month
    Happening at Hera Gallery on Friday, April 1st from 6-8 p.m.
    Contemporary Theater actors perform Origami Poems
    "Cyjoe Barker, The Origami Detective" by Barbara Schweitzer

    The Eerie Hours

    This is a film that was submitted to our recent film festival. "The Eerie Hours" by C. Curran, J. Zaydon, and D. Casey.

    Thursday, February 17, 2011

    Mi Rosario

    Here is another great video from our Young Adult's Exhibition!  Enjoy "Mi Rosario" by Nestor Munoz.


    This video, by Nick O'Neill, was shown at our recent Young Adult's Exhibition.  Enjoy his "Expression!"

    L'argile et le Plastique

    This video, by Chip Connell, John DiGangi, Brian Keefe, and Lucas Ritacco, was shown at our recent Young Adult's Exhibition.  Enjoy!

    Young Adults' Exhibition 2011

    In case you haven't had a chance to get into the gallery to check out our current exhibition, featuring the work of Rhode Islands most talented High School Artists, we have some pictures below for you.

    Thanks to Rebecca Arthurs Woods, who took these photographs.

    Sacrifice for Scholarships?

    I was ambient listening to NPR this morning as I was in the gallery work on some emails... I heard a story on Here and Now that peaked my interest. Apparently, the University of Iowa may be forced by their state legislators to sell a $140 million Jackson Pollock painting that was gifted to the school in the 50's in order to fun future art scholarships. Although I support scholarships for students, and think that financial assistantship is an important aide, it doesn't seem that the sale would reflect kindly upon the University's opinion of the arts. The legislators should consider the paintings value to be more than just a portable asset.

    Iowa Lawmakers Move To Sell Pollock Painting To Fund Scholarships

    (University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6)

    (University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6)

    Iowa legislators are considering a bill that would force the University of Iowa to sell its Jackson Pollock “Mural” painting, valued at $140 million, which was donated to the state-owned University in 1959. The proceeds from the sale would go into a trust fund to give scholarships to art students. But museum associations have criticized the move, arguing that treating works of art as a source of cash is a violation of museum ethics.

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    Claudia Flynn Wins Painting Award

    Claudia Flynn received the Roger King Fine Art Award for First Place in Painting at the 2011 Newport Annual Members' Juried Exhibition. Curator Maya Allison selected the painting APPARITION. Flynn's work is painted with fingernail polish on glass. The exhibition runs from February 5 - May 22 at the Newport Art Museum

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    New Intern at the Hera Gallery

    Hello! My name is Rebecca and I'm so excited to be the Hera Gallery's newest intern!  I am graduating this May from URI with a degree in Fine Art.  I am from Hawaii but transferred here in 2009.  Photography and painting are two of my greatest passions. 

    One of my abstract landscape paintings

    With photography I love telling people's stories through my camera and capturing their love.  In my paintings I take much inspiration from nature and seek to evoke the feelings that come from the natural beauty of ordinary scenes. 

    I am learning in my artistic/creative journey that I was not made to be someone else.  I enjoy encouraging and inspiring people to use their creativity for the greater good in the world. I am excited to see the creativity and the aesthetic of art and ideas take back society and lead it to discover selflessness, humility, health, and joy.

    During college I started my photography business and have been so blessed to see it take off.  To visit my website go to

    I am really looking forward to working here at the Hera Gallery and I hope to meet many of you at our upcoming exhibitions!