Art faculty included in exhibit’s closing reception and artist talk

Two faculty members from the Department of Art – Ernest Jolicoeur and Jay Lacouture – are participating in the closing reception and artist talk for the 2013 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition.

Members of the Salve Regina community are invited to attend the afternoon of art and discussion with Rhode Island Fellowship artists, which will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Jamestown Arts Center, located at 18 Valley St. in Jamestown.

Currently the director of the Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery,¬†Jolicoeur received the council’s 2013 Fellowship Merit Award in Drawing and Printmaking. He holds a BFA from Rhode Island College and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. A Woonsocket native,¬†Jolicoeur returned to Rhode Island in 2005 after living and working in New York City for nearly 10 years.

Jolicoeur’s most recent work has been shown at Brown University’s Bell Gallery and Roger Williams University’s SAAHP Gallery. His work on paper is affiliated with the Boston Drawing Project at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston. Jolicoeur has received an Artist Resource Trust Foundation grant and was nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. Reviews of his work have appeared in the New York Times, Art News, Art New England and Tema Celeste.

Lacouture received the council’s 2013 Fellowship Merit Award in Crafts. A professor in the Department of Art for 32 years, he has been making pottery for nearly 40 years. Lacouture is a fellow and former president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and served on the board of directors for the Studio Potter Organization.

He has been an artist in residence in Kamioka, Japan; Jingdezhen, China; and at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont. Lacouture’s pottery has been exhibited and published in the United States, Australia, China and Japan. He holds a BA from Rhode Island College and an MFA from West Virginia University.


  1. Gianna says:

    Very exciting to have two Fellowship award winners in Salve’s Art Dept! It will be interesting to see Jay and Ernie’s current work and to hear their reflections on their artwork. Tthe Jamestown Arts Center is also exhibiting the work of all fellowship award winners around the state — a must see!

  2. Lisa Zuccarelli says:

    Congratulations, Jay and Ernie, for this well- deserved award. You continue to be inspiration for us. Thank you for sharing your remarkable gifts with the world.


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