Campus Art Gallery invites you and your friends to the exhibition
Wendy Wahl: Spheres (of knowledge)
Opening reception: Thursday March 10, from 4.30 to 6.30 p.m.
Artist talk at 5.30 pm followed by refreshments
Exhibition duration: March 3 – 25, 2011
Knight Campus Art Gallery is located in Community College of Rhode
Island, Room 3500, on the third floor of the round building at the Warwick
campus, 400 East Ave (enter the library on the fourth floor and go down
the stairs to right).
Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus Art Gallery
will present “Wendy Wahl: Spheres (of knowledge),” a new
body of work the artist created from repurposed encyclopedias specifically
for the exhibition, from March 3 to 25. Visitors can walk around 3D
paper objects – spheres, created from pages of the 1961 edition
of The World Book encyclopedias in 19 volumes. The sound of winds, compiled
by the artist, playing in the gallery contributes to the unique feel
of the installation.
Wahl said the word
“spheres,” has several definitions in the World Book dictionary.
“I was most taken with No. 6: ‘The place or surrounds in
which a person or thing exists, acts, works.’ My interest in materials
and form, the meanings that they carry and the space where they are
viewed guided the direction of this exhibition,” Wahl said. “I
am manipulating familiar elements that in a particular format belong
to a collective consciousness. These works are offered as questions
in the hope that they will inspire yet more questions. I am pleased
to have the opportunity to present this work in an educational setting.”
25 years, Wahl has been making art that reflects upon her personal place
and comments on the collective station in time; an emphasis on the relationship
between nature and culture has been at the core of her direction.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in a number of private
and public collections including the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York
and the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design. She was
chosen for Networks
project documenting Rhode Island artists through video and exhibition,
and has received three artist fellowship awards from the Rhode Island
State Council on the Arts. The U.S. ambassador to Tashkent, Uzbekistan,
selected her work for his residence through the Art in Embassy Program.
She has been recognized in numerous publications.
received a master’s of art in education in fiber art from the
Rhode Island School of Design, and a bachelor’s degree in art
from California State University at Northridge. She taught for RISD
in continuing education for 10 years and has been a lecturer at the
University of Rhode Island and at the Community College of Rhode Island.
She resides in West Kingston with her husband, John Dunnigan, and their
Campus Art Gallery hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m. to
For more information, please e-mail
gallery director and exhibition curator Viera Levitt or contact the
Art Department at CCRI: 401-825-2220, www.ccri.edu/art.
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