FALL 2007
Howdy from the Knight campus of the CCRI Art Department. I’m Associate Professor
Nick Sevigney in charge of the fall semester edition of ARTiFACTS the CCRI Art Department’s
publication to keep you up to date with what is happening in the department. I’m also teaching the
Art Seminar course at the Knight campus. If you’re thinking of claiming the AFA or Associates of
Fine Arts degree as your major you need to take Art Seminar. It is a one credit course offered at
both the Flanagan (Professor Thomas Morrissey teaches at the Flanagan campus) and Knight
campuses every semester and helps you organize a portfolio, look at transfer, and see what your
options may be when you graduate. If you are curious the course syllabus is attached at the back
of this publication. Feel free to drop by or come to see one of the three college representatives
that will be visiting this semester. Hope you’re having a great semester!
Saturday, November 3
Hartford Art School
West Hartford, Connecticut
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
The Association consists of representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities,
which are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The NPDA is the
only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts
education available in the United States and Canada. Information at http://www.portfolioday.net
CAMPUS CERAMICS ROOM!!!!!!!! Mark was hired full time this summer and will be roaming the
clay studio on a permanent basis!! He graduated in 2001 from UMass Dartmouth with a Masters
of Fine Arts and got his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In case
you’re wondering he’s the guy with the wily hair and beard and the red t-shirt. Welcome aboard
Professor Rebecca Clark is exhibiting five cyanotype prints in the "Sun Pictures to Mega Pixels"
show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn NY through Nov 4. The exhibit
features artists working in antique photographic processes and digital imaging and explores the
synthesis of the two. To find more information on the exhibit visit http://www.wahcenter.net.
Associate Professor of Art History, Natalie Coletta, as part of her sabbatical leave, traveled to
Cambodia to study and film temples and sculpture. Her films reflect observations made of
stillness and movement in Cambodia and she created Cambodia in Motion: Film Shorts to
reflect that. Her work was in part inspired by her new course offered at the Community College,
“Topics in Art History,” which examines cultures of the non-western world. This 3 credit transfer
course includes study of Cambodia, Nigeria, Native America and Papua New Guinea.
Cambodia is a culture steeped in Buddhist tradition. And its people, despite suffering great
hardship, exist in a grace echoed in its classical carvings. Look for Professor Coletta’s two
documentary shorts, which will be screened this fall at CCRI!
Professor Nancy Wyllie’s video titled FORCED MIGRATION was included in the New York
International Independent Film and Video Festival in July. The same video was selected for the
"Action on Film Festival" held at the Long Beach Convention Center. "Action on Film" honored the
achievements of veteran actors Bill Duke and David Carradine. Festival jurors chose work that
makes unique use of motion in film. The footage was shot primarily on location at a Bureau of
Land Management Wild Horse Auction at Cornell University.
This past summer Professor Maureen Kelman taught workshops on shibori, Japanese resist
dyeing, at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine; and at Snow Farm in
Williamsburg, Ma. As well, Kelman was invited to exhibit one of her textile sculptures in the
show, Pojagi & Beyond, currently on view at the Korea Craft Museum in conjunction with the
2007 Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju-city, South Korea. This sculpture
employs an adaptation of a traditional Korean textile technique, pojagi, which Kelman uses to
create structural segments within her three-dimensional textile surfaces. Catalogs for the
Cheongju Craft Biennale exhibitions are currently on-line at http://www.okcj.org.
Prof. Tom Morrissey has been awarded a one-person exhibition at the Providence Art Club to
be held in February, 2008. He is working in his Woonsocket studio on a new series of pieces in a
variety of media including paintings, digital work, mixed media on paper and some 3D works in
steel and other media. Look for invitations to be floating around in January or go to the
Providence Art Club’s web site for more information at http://www.providenceartclub.org/
Adjunct Professor Susan Fossati is currently represented by the Bellini Ruggeri Gallery, 182
Weyland Avenue, Providence, RI. Their ongoing display includes her paintings, pastels and
Associate Professor Nick Sevigney had a killer summer. My work was accepted to an
exhibition at Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland and was a studio technician at Haystack Mountain
School of Crafts in Maine for two weeks in August. I was lucky enough to work at Haystack with
one of my clay heroes Richard Notkin. My time in August went so well they asked me back for a
five day work session is September! Now to gear up for my sabbatical that will hopefully take
place next year.
In September & October 2007, Adjunct Faculty Professor Keith Fox took part in a group
exhibition organized by Theresa Girard, Director of Access to Art; under the auspices of the Town
of South Kingston, Rhode Island. His two paintings, “Get Well Soon, Variation Number 1” and
“Get Well Soon, Variation Number 2,” both of which explore the theme of patient safety, health
stimulated thoughtful discussion on the topic of how the role of the patient is defined today by
insurers, employers, and medical professionals. For further information on the exhibition, please
contact Theresa Girard, Art Director, or Cathy Larlham, Superintendent of the Neighborhood
Guild Community Center, at the following telephone number: (401) 789-9301.
Tahreem Altaf writes “I am an Art Ed major at RIC and loving the experience of being able to
work in schools as part of my degree. This is my second semester and I like it a lot better now. I’ll
keep you posted on my progress in ceramics!
Diana Madriaga is still at the Rochester Institute of Technology woodworking program. She
decided to start her own business (while she’s in school!) to start getting her work out there
before she takes a job to pay off loans. She said “I don’t want to get side tracked from what I set
out to do when I graduate. I make hand crafted wood items but am hoping to start building
furniture that is more me and I feel comfortable selling.” You can see what she is up to
at www.AutumnChaos.com
Since transferring to RISD, Josh Vizzacco wrote:
“I have been busy in my major of graphic design, last semester I received a scholarship award
going out to an outstanding graphic design student, which was decided on by the graphic design
faculty. My financial aid package was increased also for this coming year. Lst semester I entered
a logo contest for a new RISD cafe' (which is open to the public), and won, my logo can be seen
as the signage for the cafe', "Jolly Roger Cafe' ", which is on South Main Street in Providence
close by the cable car cinema. For my efforts I won a $500 meal plan through the cafe for this
upcoming semester. I’ve been busy making friends in all art/design fields at RISD and can’t wait
for potential collaborative design work with them.”
Felicia Cinquegrana graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago two years ago and
writes: “So I'm going to RISD to get may Masters in Art Education. We started in July, and I'm
glad to say so far I'm getting A's! What a geek!”
We still have an opening for a student assistant to work in the
Flanagan Campus Gallery. Students must be eligible for financial aid to qualify. If you are
interested and want more information please see Prof. Morrissey or Shai Allen at the Flanagan
Gallery hours are posted by the gallery entrance.
Anthony Rocha
September 10 – October 19
Opening reception September 11, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Jettisoned Crew: Large scale acrylic paintings
Anthony Rocha is a CCRI alumnus who attended the Flanagan Campus. As a CCRI art student,
he was enrolled in Art Seminar class. Through this class, he was able to make contact with the
Chicago Art Institute where he applied and was accepted. He completed his BA in Fine Art at the
Institute. He completed his graduate studies in London where he received his MFA. He is
currently participating in an artist residency program in Wisconsin. He will be at the Flanagan
Campus on October 17 (3:00 PM) to talk with students in the Art Seminar class. All are invited to
Alan Bean and Pavlina Gatikova
October 29 – December 7
Opening Reception: October 29, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Chromoskedasic Prints
The Chromoskedasic process is a manipulation of the traditional wet photographic process in the
darkroom. Both Alan and Pavlina are established artists internationally. However, this exhibition
at CCRI is the first time this husband and wife team has exhibited together. Please attend the
opening reception and learn how this unique process is accomplished. Alan and Pavlina live in
Student Exhibition
December 17- December 21
Opening Reception, December 18, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This exhibition features work in all media completed by Flanagan Campus Art Students during the
Fall 2007 semester. All are invited to attend and please bring friends and family to the opening
Knight CAMPUS:
Art gallery hours are M-F 11am-4pm. (If gallery assistant is not in the gallery during listed hours,
please see Shai Allen, Dept. Secretary for access to the exhibits).
The department is still in need of another gallery assistant who has or qualifies for Work Study.
The Knight Campus Art Gallery offers a quiet place to study with computer and internet access. If
you are interested in working in the gallery, please contact Erika Namaka, Gallery Director of the
Knight Campus Art Gallery at enamaka1@ccri.edu or see Shai Allen in the Art Resource Room,
room #4058.
Faculty Show
September 27-October 25
Painter Jill Cook, CCRI alum,
November 8th-December 7th
Student Exhibition during December Finals week
December 17- December 21
NYC bus trip
Friday October 26th
The CCRI Art Department will be sending a bus to NYC. This is a bus trip for any student enrolled
in an art course and AFA candidates. For $15 you get a round trip to NYC on a bus with a
bathroom! The requirement is that you visit the museums or galleries and take in what the big city
has to offer. Sign up soon because space is limited. The bus will pick up and drop off at the
Flanagan and Knight campuses at the main entrances,
Seats for the trip are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis with currently enrolled art
students having priority. Other CCRI students and outside guests will be placed on a waiting list.
The $15 non-refundable fee must be paid in full to reserve a seat. Students may sign up in the
Art Resource Rooms at Knight and Flanagan campuses and with your studio professors at the
Liston and Newport County campuses.
Leave Flanagan Campus: 6:30 am sharp!
Leave Knight Campus: 7:00 am sharp!
The bus will make three drop-off stops: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern
Art and the Chelsea gallery district.
Leave New York City: 7:00 pm sharp!
The bus will leave from the front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Please be aware that most museums charge an entry fee. It is essential that students
bring a current student ID to receive discounted student admission fees.
Museum entry fees:
Metropolitan Museum of Art: pay what you wish, $7 recommended for students
Museum of Modern Art: $12 with current student ID, FREE 4-8 pm Friday
Museum of Arts and Design (former American Craft Museum): $7 with student ID
Guggenheim Museum of Art: $15 with current student ID
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum: $7 with current student ID
Whitney Museum of American Art: $9.50 with current student ID, FREE 6-9 pm Friday
The Frick: $5 with current student ID
The New Museum: $3 students; free for visitors 18 and under
Galleries in Chelsea and Uptown (including 57th Street area) are FREE!
Digital Art Club
Looking for members!!! Looking for potential officers. We have a great opportunity to work
together with LASO (The Latin American Student Organization) this semester to make the Day of
the Dead event a great success (This event is going to be held on November 2 at the Flanagan
Campus). The Digital Art Club also offers students an opportunity to network, organize
exhibitions, hold field trips, create service learning opportunities, etc. It also looks good on your
resume! Analog Students are also Invited to Join!
Prof. Nick Sevigney
Phone: 825-2372
Office: 3170
Email: nsevigney@ccri.edu
1/ Sept. 10
Introduction, grading, handouts: homework, get student ID, find out what
the AFA requirements are,
2/ Sept. 17
Discussion based on responses to questionnaire on your goals: transfer,
college selection, art careers, networking etc.
3/ Sept. 24
Library resources session: transfer and art career research
4/ Oct. 1
Richard Whitten from Rhode Island College comes to discuss transfer
5/WED Oct. 10 Preliminary portfolio review. Bring in what you have so far for your
6/ Oct. 15
Individual research for presentations in library using resources and skills
introduced Sept. 24th
7/ Oct. 22
How to have a constructive critique.
8/ Oct. 29
Discussion on portfolio preparation, resume and interviewing skills.
9/ Nov. 5
Elizabeth Nielsen from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will visit
and review portfolios.
10/ Nov. 12
11/ Nov. 19
Brian Threlkeld from Maine College of Art comes to discuss MECA and
12/ Nov. 26
Discussion/ demonstration on photographing artwork for a portfolio.
13/ Dec. 3
CCRI Alumni will come to discuss their transfers to Chicago Art Institute
and RISD.
14/ Dec. 10
Portfolio creation and how to make yours stand out
15/ Dec. 17
Review portfolios and wrap up discussions.