Tuesday, August 10, 2010

History Uncovered

Thanks to work underway due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the University discovered a set of murals that had been created by Providence artist Gino Conti (1900-1983) for a Works Progress Administration project during the Great Depression. Media were invited to the Edwards Hall (c. 1928) construction site to see the works being removed and preserved and to interview URI Professor Ron Onorato, an art historian and Director of Campus Planning and Design Thomas Frisbie-Fulton. The works had been covered during building renovations in the 1960s. News of this find was covered by the Providence Journal, Channel 10, Channel 6, and the Associated Press report was included in the Boston Globe. WRNI National Public Radio also carried an interview about the discovery and the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research included a report.