Gallery hosting department’s first artist-in-residence

The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery will host Rhode Island-based painter Kirstin Lamb Nov. 30 through Dec. 14 as the Department of Art and Art History’s first artist-in-residence. During this period, Lamb will relocate her studio practice to the gallery, share her creative process with the Salve community and incite new opportunities for learning and collaboration on campus.

The University community and the general public are invited to attend an open studio reception with Lamb, which will run from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 in the gallery.

Lamb’s recent installations involve assortments of paintings, drawings and hand-painted props that she stacks, leans and composes to enliven architectural space. Portraits, floral flights of fancy, images reminiscent of embroidered sweaters, color wheels and Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs coexist in elaborate arrangements of pattern and decoration. Her work is both intimate and expansive, exploring gender and craft through a devotion to handmade details.

A Providence resident, Lamb studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and literature at Brown University, graduating in 2001 with degrees in English and visual art. Her work has been shown in venues across the country and abroad, most recently at the Wassaic Project in Amenia, New York; the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California; the Yellow Peril Gallery in Providence; the Lentos Museum in Linz, Austria; and Bunker Projects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The gallery is handicap accessible with parking along Lawrence and Leroy avenues. Its exhibits are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

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