Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Fall 2021 Exhibition Schedule

Stephen Fisher, Familiars III
Stephen Fisher, Familiars III, 2019, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, and ink washes

Rhode Island College 2-D Faculty Exhibition 

Dates: September 2-24, 2021

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Bannister Gallery is reopening its doors with our Annual Faculty Exhibition, which offers an opportunity for the community to experience first-hand the artistic talent that is in residence at Rhode Island College. These faculty artists are integral to the current aesthetic and conceptual dialogues present in our studio art department. Their practices include research-based and interdisciplinary methods that are at the core of contemporary art. RIC’s faculty artists exhibit widely and receive prestigious awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies. As a result, they encourage students by their example to think across boundaries. Collectively, these distinguished, award-winning artists bring a unique vision to the region’s cultural tapestry.


Rhode Island I.M.A.G.I.N.E.s Peace: A Metals Exhibition

Dates: October 7-29, 2021
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 7th 4-7 PM
Symposium: Friday, October 8th, 10 AM-4:30 PM

Michael Nashef, Degrees of Degradation
Michael Nashef, Degrees of Degradation, 2019, concrete, dyed concrete, copper, brass, steel

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. While Bannister Gallery supports all artists involved in this exhibition, the specific views and opinions expressed by each artwork are those of the individual artist only.


John O’Connor: A Self Avoiding Walk

John O'Connor, Conspiracy Shape
John O’Connor, Conspiracy Shape: Fakers Sent Inn, 2019, graphite and colored pencil on paper

Dates: November 10-December 10, 2021
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 10th 4-7 PM

John O’Connor will present a group of large drawings, a series of smaller text-based paintings on panel, and several free-standing sculptures. This exhibition, facilitated by Professor Richard Whitten, will focus primarily on O’Connor’s large-scale, labor-intensive works on paper. In these drawings, O’Connor transforms disparate forms of information and data through idiosyncratic processes, creating equally idiosyncratic abstract shapes, forms, patterns, and text. His drawings evolve incrementally over long spans of time, as O’Connor absorbs, plots, and transforms information into vibrantly colored pieces that straddle an aesthetic line between diagrams and fully articulated structures and spaces. O’Connor utilizes text in myriad ways, both in form and function: from jotting down miniscule process notes to rendering visually complex cursive and block letters in his own invented fonts. Conceptually, the O’Connor’s works attempt to give visual form to those fraught moments when an individual's internal intentions and desires are affected, opposed, or concretely influenced by a more powerful natural, political, or psychological force.