December 3-17, 2019

Open Studio Reception: December 12, 2019 @ 5:00 PM                                       


The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is pleased to host May Babcock, the Department of Art and Art History’s third artist-in-residence.


The Providence, Rhode Island-based interdisciplinary artist May Babcock will relocate her studio practice to the Hamilton Gallery for two weeks following the Thanksgiving holiday.  During this period, Ms. Babcock will share her creative process with the Salve community and incite new opportunities for learning and collaboration on campus.


Babcock’s studio techniques combine hand papermaking, printmaking, sculpture, historical photography process, and book-arts techniques, creating artwork that addresses place.  She teaches and exhibits widely, blogs about papermaking at, serves on the Board of Directors for Hand Papermaking Magazine, and is piloting Pawtucket Paper Center, a community papermaking studio.


Since 2017, Babcock has collected seaweeds and pondweeds from Rhode Island waterways, embedding them in pulp during the wet hand papermaking process.  First an identification method while exploring invasive and indicator species, this ongoing exploration is now ‘Rhode Island Herbarium’, a series of over 100 works that have also inspired ‘Weathering’, a series that uses river and bay water to patina copper leaf on the seaweed papers.  You can see more of May Babcock’s artwork at and @maybabcock on Instagram


May Babcock will be an Artist-in-Residence at Salve Regina University from December 3-17, 2019.  On Thursday, December 12 the campus community and the general public are invited to attend an open studio reception for the artist.  This reception will run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery.


The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is located in the Antone Academic Center on the campus of Salve Regina University.  It is handicap accessible with parking along Lawrence and Leroy Avenues.  Its exhibits are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4:00 p.m.  The gallery is closed on Mondays.  We invite you to visit us.

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