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  • The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

  • The Rhode Island General Assembly's Legislative Grant Program

  • BankNewport

  • Jay Barry Cultural Arts Foundation

IFA launches

'Artists Speak'

Beginning in September, Imago Foundation for the Arts will launch a new, public speaker series called “Artists Speak.” The series will feature talks by established Rhode Island artists who will present their artwork and tell the stories of how their creative lives and careers unfolded, enriching our communities in unexpected ways. The series aims to heighten public understanding of how the arts connect to building community.

The four speakers for the 2018 inaugural series include:

  • 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, on September 13th

  • 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 NEA 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.


Commenting on the program, IFA President Mike Somers said, “IFA is very excited about the launch of this program. One of our goals is to foster dialogue between community groups that don't usually have the opportunity to make connections while at the same time demonstrating how artists express themselves in original ways, connect with current events in society, and model innovative pathways to success enriching the community in the process. Long-term, we hope to establish Artists Speak as an annual program.”

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Imago Foundation for the Arts is a  501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

IMAGO Gallery is located at 36 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885 - 401 245 3348 - Open Thurs 4 - 8; Fri and Sat 12 - 8; Sun 11 - 3 and by appointment.