Past Exhibitions

Richard Goulis, Lucky Leone, James Montford, Tina Tryforos & Ellen Wetmore


Richard Goulis (L), Lucky (R)


James Montford (L), Tina Tryforos (R)

Ellen Wetmore

Richard Goulis creates video installation works using found objects as his medium. Most of Goulis’ work incorporates video within the pieces themselves or as projected images on non-traditional surfaces. Goulis finds inspiration in everything around him, “I probably cannot find a place in the known universe, and the unknown, in which I don’t find some inkling of interest that might someday or another translate into a piece of artwork, video or performance…There is nothing new about using discarded or found objects in creating art.” But Goulis specializes in using these found objects to create art that re-purposes an object, creating something “greater than what was put in.”

Goulis is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in television production. A graduate of the Film/Video Department of RISD, he founded the Worcester Artist Group in Massachusetts and The Harwood Art Center in New Mexico, and he has performed around the world with BIG NAZO Puppets. His documentary and installation video work has been seen at many shows and festivals and is part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Art, RISD.

Lucky Leone utilizes techniques from sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, performance and video in his work and his sculptures often incorporate small computers, microcontrollers and video. He sees the world as “a serious, tragic, and ultimately humorous place. His work looks at this world and questions why people (including himself) do what they do, and why things in the world are the way they are.” Investigation, exploration and explanation are all critical elements within Leone’s often-humorous work. “As he learns and progresses, he feels freer to take whatever creative avenues he is interested in.” The ideas that Leone generates often dictate the medium in which his final work is presented.

Leone received a degree in design from RISD, and went on to obtain his MFA from San Diego State University. After graduating, Leone taught at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts. He has also taught classes at The School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Brown University. Leone received his second MFA in Digital and Media from RISD.

James Montford creates videos, paintings and performances. He covers a full range of media in work that deals with African American oppression. Montford uses racial stereotypes in his art as a means to combat racism, and his work is well known for bringing these issues to the attention of viewers.

Montford holds a BA degree from Brandeis University and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. He is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts individual fellowship, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant for independent work, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts award, and four Yaddo residency fellowships. His work has been exhibited at museums around the country, including the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists.

Tina Tryforos presents a series of photographs from her ongoing series, Menagerie, which is “part construction and part documentary”. In Menagerie, she reflects upon the importance and strangeness of the practice of collecting creatures." Her project was inspired by a child’s view of the natural animal world through encounters at museums, zoos and other educational institutions. Many of the images in her series Menagerie were made in local collections in and around Rhode Island. 

Tryforos is an adjunct Professor of Photography at CCRI. She was a visiting artist in Project Open Door at RISD in 2007, and she has worked independently as a graphic designer and artist specializing in work for photographers. Tryforos received her BFA from Union College and an MFA in Visual Studies from the Visual Studies Workshop, in Rochester, New York. She is the recipient of the University of Rhode Island Sea Grant (2001). 

Ellen Wetmore uses sculpture to explore the bizarre physical transformations that occur during pregnancy and motherhood. “She has experienced extreme physical deformity, profound emotional delirium, intense hunger, illness and fatigue. This is normal, celebrated, but not necessarily an enjoyable part of motherhood.” Wetmore uses bronze, neon, rubber and plaster in her sculptures, which depict motherhood in many stages, from conception through nursing. “I explore this experience through surreal physical representations externalizing the emotional mind.” She addresses both the physical changes to her body, as well as the body as a fertile fruit. 

Wetmore received her MFA from Tufts University, specializing in Electronic and Media Sculpture. She received both her BA and BFA from University of Michigan, and she is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Recently, her work has been feature in solo shows at the Boston Sculptors Gallery and the Fitchburg College Art Gallery. In 2008, she was the recipient of the University of Massachusetts Joseph P. Health Endowment Grant.