Bannister Gallery

Bannister Gallery, September 2021
What We Do

Located in Rhode Island College’s Roberts Hall, the Bannister Gallery presents 7 to 8 exhibitions a year by local, regional and international artists.

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Gallery Hours

Noon-8 p.m. (when exhibitions are on view)


Victoria Gao


Founded in 1978, Bannister Gallery aims to present a diverse set of art that ranges from traditional media, painting and sculpture, to more contemporary formats, including photography, graphic design and digital media.

The exhibits are selected by the Bannister Gallery Committee, which is made up of the Gallery Director and members of the Art Department Faculty. The Gallery strives to create an inclusive environment for the public with the aim of building relationships within the arts community of Rhode Island.

Exhibits are generally on display for three to four weeks and usually include a lecture by the artist(s) or other related talks and events. Learn how to submit an exhibition proposal.

Click here for information about Rhode Island I.M.A.G.I.N.E.s Peace, on view October 7-29


Video Highlights: Rhode Island I.M.A.G.I.N.E.s Peace

Rhode Island I.M.A.G.I.N.E.s (Innovative Merger of Art and Guns to Inspire New Expressions) Peace is a visual art exhibition featuring artworks made from decommissioned handguns by twenty local and national artists, including three Rhode Island College alumni, at Bannister Gallery. The goals for the exhibition are to transform defunct objects of destruction into aesthetic objects of contemplation that draw attention to the impact of gun culture and violence and to art as a force for transformation. Organized by Boris Bally, Dianne Reilly, Sara Picard, and Victoria Gao, RI I.M.A.G.I.N.E.s Peace is a specifically metals-focused exhibition that seeks to educate RI metalsmiths, benefits from RI’s history of metal manufacturing, and hosts exhibits of world-class metals artists from home and away.

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