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Distributed March 11, 1999
Contact: Glenn Hare

Bell Gallery and Department of Visual Art to display student work

A wide array of art will be featured during the 1999 Juried Student Exhibition opening March 15 in the David Winton Bell Gallery of the List Art Center. The annual exhibition will continue through April 4.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art at Brown University will host the 1999 Juried Student Exhibition beginning March 15. The display of student art will continue through April 4.

The annual exhibition is open to all Brown students and will include a wide array of art. "Past exhibitions have included paintings and drawings, sculpture, video installations, photography and mixed media presentations," said Jo-Ann Conklin, director of the Bell Gallery. "As usual, this show hopes to showcase all types of work."

Located on the first floor of the List Art Center, 64 College Street, the Bell Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. An exhibition reception, open to the public, will take place Friday, March 19, at 7 p.m.

This year's jurors are Rhode Island artist Willy Heeks and Barbara O'Brien, gallery director at the Montserrat College of Art.

Heeks is a painter living and working in Wakefield, R.I. He has shown his work throughout the United States and Europe. Past exhibitions have included the David Beitzel Gallery in New York, the Nielsen Gallery in Boston, the SOMA Gallery in La Jolla, Calf., and the Barber Farber Gallery in Amsterdam, Holland. Heeks is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a painting award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His art is included in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and numerous museums across the country.

A curator and writer, O'Brien is also a performance artist who works under the name of "Betina." She has performed at Franklin Furnance in New York City; the International Performance Arts Festival in Winnipeg, Canada; the Film in the Cities Festival in St. Paul, Minn.; and other locations throughout the country. She has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship.