A 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island Council on the Arts Painting Fellowship, Bob Dilworth is the final speaker in Imago Foundation for the Arts’ second annual “Artists Speak” series.  Delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dilworth shared the story of his career in a presentation on Thursday, September 24 via Zoom. 


Link to a recording of the Zoom event:

Dilworth completed his BFA at Rhode Island School of Design in 1973 and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976. He is a professor of Photography, Drawing, Design, and African American Art History at the University of Rhode Island, Art and Art History Department. He currently serves as Chair of the department. Dilworth is a Board member at the Newport Art Museum.


Dilworth’s artwork has been exhibited throughout New England, Florida, New York, Virginia, Illinois as well as Minnesota, Missouri and Texas. His work is widely collected, including by Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Fairmont Hotel Corporation in San Francisco. Dilworth’s artwork “give visual expression to [his] experiences growing up in the South in a large family rich with lively personas.” He explores the intersection between memory, myths, folktales, and spiritual beliefs.


"Moments," acrylic, fabric, paper on canvas, 60" wide X 85" tall by Bob Dilworth