Annu Palakunnathu Matthew

IFA launches ‘Artists Speak’ series Sept. 13 with talk by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew


Imago Foundation for the Arts will launch a new, public speaker series called “Artists Speak” at 7 p.m. September 13 with a talk by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, photo-based artist, MacDowell Fellow, and University of Rhode Island (URI) Art Professor and Director of the URI Center for the Humanities. The event will be held at IMAGO Gallery, 36 Market Street, Warren, and is free and open to the public.

PalakunnathuMatthew’s work has been widely exhibited in national and international venues and will be featured in the upcoming 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Her work has also been featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Program, John Gutmann Trust, Society for Photographic Education, MacColl Johnson fund, and the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts.


The other three speakers include:

  • Howard Newman, painter, sculptor, art restorer, and inventor, on October 4th

  • Mary Healey Jamiel, 2018 RISCA Film & Video fellow, documentary filmmaker, and Professor in Communication Studies and Film/Media at the University of Rhode Island, on November 15th

  • Willy Heeks, nationally recognized abstract expressionist painter and award-winning National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, on December 6th


All the talks will begin at 7 pm at IMAGO Gallery, 36 Market Street, Warren, and are open to the public free of charge.  Each speaker will deliver a 60-minute talk/multi-media presentation followed by a 30-minute Q & A session.  IFA strongly encourages student artists, emerging and mid-career artists, as well as those interested in the arts to attend. A video and monograph will be created for public enrichment following the lecture series.

Diptych photograph – American Indian Wearing Flag, Indian American Wearing Flag as Sari by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew