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CCRI professor's work on display in 'Culmination' at Knight Campus Art Gallery

Sept. 10, 2012

The mixed media piece “Now You See It, Now You Don’t” includes 30 digitally printed and hand-manipulated framed images packed in wooden crates and surrounded by chain link fence, lumber, stepladder and cinderblock. It is one of the pieces in “Tom Morrissey: Culmination,” on display at the CCRI Knight Campus Art Gallery in Warwick through Sept. 27.

The Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus Art Gallery presents “Tom Morrissey: Culmination,” a mixed media exhibition marking more than 30 years of full-time teaching at CCRI and his recent sabbatical research, through Sept. 27.

A reception with the artist will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m.

The exhibition was created especially for the spaces of the Warwick gallery and uses a wide range of mixed media such as PVC pipes, lumber, rubber cone, cinderblock, circular concrete forms and chain-link fence that creates new path for the gallery visitors. The resulting show is a surprising trip to the unknown industrial space, that somewhat mirrors the pipes and concrete forms of Knight Campus’ Brutalist architecture. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the completion of the building.

Morrissey once again showed his bold approach toward installing art responding to particular environment, as well as his distinctive sensibility in large-scale photographs of vast industrial landscapes with its unusual structures.    


artMorrissey, a full professor of art at CCRI, has been the recipient of several honors for his work as an artist including a Fulbright Scholarship Award, Kellogg Fellowship, The Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, and several grants and awards from other arts organizations including the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. He was twice awarded the New Work Award from the Rhode Island Foundation and the Cirino Fellowship.

His work is in private collections and several museums including the International Center for Photography in New York City; The Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; and several other collections internationally. His work is also in the General Electric Corporate collection.

He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Herberger College of Art at Arizona State University. He is a combat-decorated former U.S. Army aircraft commander who flew helicopters in the Vietnam War.

Morrissey is perhaps best known for “Between the Lines,” (Syracuse University Press, 2000), a book of 80 black-and-white photographs documenting the healing process at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., over a 17-year period. The work often has been exhibited nationally. His artwork spans several media including site-specific installation work.

The gallery is located in Room 3500, on the third floor of the round building at the Warwick campus, 400 East Ave. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.



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