Thursday, December 18, 2008

HGP to Host Golden Globe Nominee David Polonsky as Artist-In-Residence in Spring

The Schusterman Visting Artist Program, The Brown University Creative Arts Council, the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs at RISD, and Brown-RISD Hillel is planning an exciting community collaboration to bring the accomplished Israeli animator and illustrator, David Polonsky, to Providence for a three month artist-in-residency project from February 9th – May 1st 2009.

Polonsky has contributed illustrations for every major daily newspaper and magazine in Israel, and has won several awards for his illustrations for children’s books. He just received Israel’s Academy Award for best art direction for Waltz with Bashir, which is about film director, Ari Folman’s, attempt to reconcile his memory of the 1982 Lebanon war. A full-length animated documentary, Waltz with Bashir was nominated for the Palme d’Or, the top prize at the Cannes film festival, earlier this year and had its American premiere at the New York Film Festival in September. Waltz with Bashir will have its commercial release in the United States in December. It is also Israel’s nominee to Hollywood’s Academy Awards this February in the foreign language category.

Waltz With Bashir Preview

David Polonsky Website

New York Times: Cannes Film Festival

New York Times: Waltz With Bashir Review

Haaretz: Waltz With Bashir Nominated for Golden Globe

David Polonsky is being hosted part by the Brown University Creative Arts Council, Hillel Gallery Project, RISD Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs, Brown Ivy Film Festival, Israeli Film Festival, Brown Israel Committee, Brown Students for Israel, Kol Kivunim, and RISD Kehillah, among others.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Project Open Door

Please join us for the opening of the  Third Annual Project Open Door Student Exhibition at Brown / RISD Hillel January 15, 2009 from 3:30 - 6:30pm.

Project Open Door provides high school students in under-resource urban areas with free intensive studio learning experiences, college and portfolio preparation, and individual mentoring with professional artists and RISD students. 

The exhibit will be on view January 14-18, 2009 with special winter gallery hours:
   Wednesday, January 14 from 9:00am - 5:00pm
   Thursday, January 15 from 9:00am - 6:30om
   Friday, January 16 from 9:00am - 1:00pm
   Saturday, January 17 from 11:00am - 5:00pm
   Sunday, January 18 from 12pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sculpture/Furniture by Ian Gonsher

Hillel Galery Project is proud to present the Sculpture and Furniture of Providence Artist Ian Gonsher, on view now in the Hallway Gallery.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

HGP Hard at Work

Because the artwork in Half & Half was made by the HGP Committee Members, we decided to give Ben, our professional installer, a break and hang the show ourselves!

Ben came in one afternoon to give us a demo on proper gallery installation and then we went to work. It took all of us two days but in the end it was a great learning experience and next time we have to hang our own work it will be much easier.

And, to give Ben a better break, we invited his band to play at the closing reception! So come check out Ben Pilgrim playing live at Half&Half, Thursday November 20 from 7-10pm.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Work by HGP Committee members from Brown and RISD

On view in the Social Hall and Hallway Gallery November 13-20. 

Reception Thursday November 20 from 7-10PM. 
Live Music, Wine, Cheese, and Art

Featuring work by:
Chuka Chukama, Raphael Cohen, Sam Cohen, Dana Davis, Natalia Fadul, Christina Graham, Ben Hyman, Ariel Isaacs, Madeline Jacobs, Jenny JungMin Lee, Hieu Nguyen, Susie Peck, Erik Peterson, Edo Rosenblith, Tali Rozensher, Claire Russo, Sarah Schuster, Lauren Snyder, Tracy Szatan and Chris Wolston

Monday, November 3, 2008


The November 3 Brown Daily Herald featured a review of BRYTE Exposures currently on view at Hillel Gallery Project.

"While the artists may not be professionals, it is easy to appreciate their work. Many photos portray scenes of the students' home lives. The subjects of the images range from siblings and friends hamming it up for the camera, to world-weary adults gazing straight-faced ahead. "

The full review is available here.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

BRYTE Exposures: Photography by Members of Providence's Refugee Community and Brown Students

Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE) is a student-run organization that works with the International Institute of Rhode Island to engage recently resettled refugees in Providence in one on one tutoring. The students in this program are from Liberia, Haiti, Iraq, Somalia, Eritrea, Burundi, Rwanda, and Iran. The photographs in this exhibition were taken primarily by refugee-students in the BRYTE program. Each student involved was given his or her own camera and asked to record his/her visual experience in Providence. Many of the refugee students and their families involved in the exhibit will be at the opening. There will also be a dance performance by a refugee dance group in Providence led by a Rwandan student who participates in the program. Food and beverages will be provided. 

The reception is Sunday November 2 from 4-7PM. Come to meet some members of Providence's international community and to celebrate their work! The dance performance will begin at 4:30.


The Fall Juried Show Opening was a Success!

There was Live Music from Coors Light Band and Corpse Avalanche and Face Paint too!

Monday, October 13, 2008

T-Shirt Design Contest!

Submit a design for a Brown/RISD collaborative T-shirt! 

Submit jpegs to
Images should be approx 600x600 pixels at 72 dpi
Include your name, school/year of graduation, and phone number 

Deadline for Submissions is November 2.

Winner gets a special gift card!

*Hillel Gallery Project reserves the right to add our name or logo discreetly where we see fit on the winning design

Art, Music, Wine, Cheese, People

 Come to the reception for "IN YOUR FACE!" Hillel Gallery  Project's annual fall juried show, October 16 from 7-10pm at 80 Brown St.

Come enjoy art, wine, people, and live music (bands TBA)

Curated by Brown and RISD professors Wendy Edwards and Linda Sormin. 

Including work by: Tatiana Berg, Akriti Bhambi, Anne Blazejack, Genevieve Busby, Jessica Chermayeff, Amanda Dandeneau, Jay Gidwitz, Brooke Hair, Nora MacLoed, Allan Mullenix, Dana O’Malley, Jordan Seaberry, Affandi Setiawan, John Szymanski, Caitlyn Thompson, Jackie Aida Tobia, Aaron Weinstein, Bryan Wilson, Sarah Young, and Tihtina Zenebe

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

"The Dream Has Ended"

"The Dream Has Ended" featuring work by Buck Hastings (RISD Painting BFA 2006), Colleen Doyle (RISD Film BFA 2006), Kara Healey (RISD Photo BFA 2004, Parsons Photo MFA 2007) and Shawn Gillheeny (RIC Printmaking BFA 2008) is currently on view in the Hallway Gallery. 

Reception on Thursday, September 25 at 7PM

Thursday, September 4, 2008

"IN YOUR FACE!" Call for Submissions for HGP Fall Juried Show

Hillel Gallery Project is now accepting submissions for the Fall Juried Show. This years theme is "IN YOUR FACE!"

Submissions are due midnight SEPTEMBER 21.

Each student may submit up to three separate works for considerations. For each work include Title, Medium, Dimensions, and a brief description of how your work fits the theme "In Your Face!" 

Submissions must include your name, school and year of graduation. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. 

Send JPEGS to

*You will be notified by September 26, and chosen work must be delivered ready to install by September 28. We will provide more information on this once the work is chosen

Friday, August 15, 2008

Lounah and Her Mystical Paintings: Closing Reception and Meet the Artist

Artist Lounah, whose paintings are currently on exhibit in the Social Hall, will be at the Brown/RISD Hillel on September 18 at 7pm for a closing reception and meet and greet. 

From her website:
"Lounah was born on Passover 1917 in the Hellenistic town of Bergama in the Ottoman Empire(Turkey) to a family of rabbis, merchants and magicians, but was raised from the age of 5 in Paris following the destruction of her home city of Smyrna. After her heroic survival of Nazi occupation, she met her future husband, a US Army Intelligence Officer and spy, on the Champs Elysees during the first day of the Liberation of Paris. Living a life dedicated to education and travel, she and her husband spent most of their time living in France, Italy, Switzerland and the USA, where they created and produced socially conscious audio-lingual programs for schools around the world. She began painting in 1980 at the age of 63 and continues to paint today at 91 with the same energy and vigor as that of her earlier years."

Her work will be on exhibit through September 21.