ART Night promises something different each month and this coming ART Night on Thursday, Sept. 27, features open studio tours of two accomplished artists: Bristol photographer Stephen Brigidi and Warren mixed media artist Tom Culora.
Mr. Brigidi, a photographer and painter, received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He is a Fulbright-Hays fellow, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and a recipient of fellowships from the NEA and RISCA. In 1991, he collaborated with poet Robert Bly on “Angels of Pompeii,” published by Ballantine. Remarkable People is Mr. Brigidi’s second book, published in 1995 by Sunningdale. He has taught at the University of Hawaii, the University of Connecticut, Providence College and Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently teaching aesthetics at Roger Williams University. His work has been acquired by more than 30 museums. He owns The Bristol Workshops in Photography at 4 Franklin St.
Mr. Culora holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His most recent work explores the reconciliation between post-modernism and the historical line of art that existed in the late 19th to the mid-20th century. He accomplishes this work through examining psychology of posting personal video streams on the Internet with the reciprocal psychology of viewing these images. He then appropriates images through a highly selective process that results in large two-dimensional work painted on framed hardboard using traditional hand-made oils. The frames are often an integral element of the work. His most recent exhibition was a collaborative show at The Royal Institution in London, UK, titled “AUTOCATALYSIS.” Mr. Culora will be debuting a community art project “Allegory of Friendship” in his studio on ART Night. Go to Entrance C, second floor, at Parker Mills (via Elm Street).
A free trolley runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. between the studios and galleries making it easy to get between venues in both towns.