Perrino’s “Shelf Life” on display at Newport Art Museum

A series of paintings by Gerry Perrino, associate professor and chairman of the Department of Art, are on display at the Newport Art Museum’s Wright Gallery through May 12. In “Shelf Life,” he turns banal objects into visual metaphors, then invites viewers to imagine the stories behind the images.

The paintings in the exhibit are taken from a larger series that Perrino exhibited at HallSpace in Boston last year. In that exhibit, “the work was plentiful enough to make clear reference to the way that symbolism in an object can shift given changes in its context and syntax,” he writes in his artist’s statement. “This current exhibit offers a more focused perspective on this body of work and allows me the luxury of concentrating on the narrative aspect of the work.”

A member of the Salve Regina faculty since 1999, Perrino holds a B.A. in art (printmaking) from Rhode Island College and an M.F.A. in studio arts (painting) from Syracuse University.

The Newport Art Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission for non-members is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students and active military personnel (with valid ID). From 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, admission is by donation.

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