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Arts Champion Iona Dobbins – A Collection of Rhode Island Art

On display September 15th – October 26th, 2022

The Iona Dobbins’ collection features a beautiful arrangement of drawings, paintings, etchings, monotype, a quilt, along with ceramic, metal, blown and fused glass sculptural pieces.

Iona Dobbins (1930-2012) was a vital force in the Rhode Island arts community, a bright sun that enabled all the arts to grow and flourish throughout the state. It was her deep belief that the arts are an essential part of everyday life. Her work, especially with emerging artists, helped Rhode Island enjoy an artistic Renaissance.

The arts and arts activities are the soul of the State. We (RISCA) specialize in raising consciousness levels and awakening people to the art forms that surround us”

Iona Dobbins/Former Executive Director, Rhode Islands State Council of Arts

Throughout her decades of work in the arts, Iona was a catalyst for change. Where there was a need she moved to fill the void. She brought creative opportunities to the disabled, business and arts communities together, and founded enormously successful events that benefited the state.

Iona Dobbins’ Collection features a beautiful arrangement of drawings, paintings, etchings, monotype, a quilt, along with ceramic, metal, blown and fused glass sculptural pieces. This exhibit is on display at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill on the main floor of the state’s Administration Building in Providence, RI.

Featured artists:
Xavier Navarro Alemay, Paulette Carr, MC, Ruth Dealy, Bill Drew, Neal Drobnis, Fritz Eichenberg, Elizabeth A. Goddard, Hmong artists unknown, Karen Klingon, James Kubiatowicz, Connie Leslie, Maxwell Mays, John C. Meyers, Alice K. Miles, Denny Moers, James B. Myette, Joseph Norman, Regina Partridge, Sarah Powers, Jacquelyn Rice, Mimo Gordon Riley, Aaron Siskind, Esther Solondz, Stephen Brigidi, Nick Swearer, Michael Stern, and Elizabeth Zimmerman.

The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill was developed to exhibit the work of Rhode Island Artists in the State Capitol Complex. It hosts exhibits on a rotating bases, in partnership with several state agencies and organizations.

Gallery

The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill
Monday – Friday:
8:30am – 4:30pm
(excluding holidays)

1 Capitol Hill, Providence RI 0298
Ph: (401) 222-6996

Get in touch

Some of the items in this exhibition will be for sale.

Please contact:

Catherine Dobbins Ryan
cdrjmr@gmail.com

Debbie Dobbins debbiedobbinsjack@yahoo.com


With heartfelt gratitude to:

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and staff:
Elena Patino
Lisa Ramos
Former Executive Director, Randy Rosenbaum

Project Assistance:
Wendy Ingram
Art Connection – RI

Exhibition text panels:
Joseph Judge, Museum Muse LLC

Art Mover: Jeffrey Foye

Website: Chloe Holmes