Exhibit Provides a Timely Opportunity that Challenges Observers to Explore the Different Ways Symbols, Imagery and Words are Interpreted
The Bristol Art Museum today announced an opportunity to meet the artists of its current exhibition, Shift, a collection of work by local and regional artists that uncovers the many ways that we all create associations and arbitrary meaning to symbols, imagery, and words. The event will take place on the last day to view the exhibit, Sunday, September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The artists who will attend the event and speak about the inspiration and influence of their pieces include Boris Bally, Brett Day Windham, Kate Gilbert, Lois Harada, Matthew Kemp, Thomas Spencer Ladd, Scott Lapham, Lisa Lowenstein, JP Terlizzi, and William Van Beckum,
“We often assume that objects and images have a fixed meaning, the artwork in this exhibit challenges this notion,” said Exhibition Curator Mary Dondero. “Visitors are prompted to reconsider the meaning or value of common objects; for instance, if a handgun is encrusted with mussel shells how does that change this symbol of power? Also included are works that could shift our opinions about commonly held beliefs, which in turn could create cultural change. We are grateful to the artists whose work comprises Shift for agreeing to share with our members and visitors the inspiration for their work.”
The Bristol Art Museum announced that it is accepting submissions from its membership for its 2022 Juried Members Exhibit which opens on Saturday, September 24 and runs until Sunday, October 23. An Artist Reception will take place on Sunday, September 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be judged by Rhode Island artist Kristin Street, who has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.
Bristol Art Museum members are invited to submit all forms of media for consideration, except video and site-specific installations. All entries must be received by Friday, September 2 at 11:59 p.m.; juror choices will be announced by Saturday, September 10. All artwork will be submitted online on the Museum’s website, bristolartmuseum.org. Each artist may submit up to three entries.
“Our 2022 Juried Members Exhibit is an opportunity to showcase the depth of creative talent among our members with a passion for the mission of the Bristol Art Museum,” said Exhibition Curator Mary Dondero. “This exhibit is among our most popular given the unique and varied perspectives of those that comprise our membership.”
Street is a Providence native who earned a BFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art, in Sculpture/Studio Art. She augments her formal education through travel study grants and course work. With a commitment to promoting the work of colleague artists through curatorial work in the two galleries she established, The Krause Gallery in Providence RI and The Mill Gallery in Pawtucket, RI, Street has maintained an aggressive exhibition schedule over the years, exhibiting in museums and galleries locally, nationally and internationally.