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SouthCoast Today by Don Wilkinson on September 19, 2019
Rooted in Memory works by Yary Livan, Pete Pin, Amy Lee Sanford, LinDa Saphan, and Savonnara Sok

"Never again — our solemn vow. That's why we all share Cambodia. Isn't great how far we've all come since then?" —Mission of Burma

Most Americans' knowledge of Cambodia — if they have any at all — likely comes from the 1985 movie "The Killing Fields," about two journalists in Phnom Penh during a bloody civil war in 1973, or from Spaulidng Gray's 1987 concert film "Swimming to Cambodia," with its monologue about the making of the previous film.

Those of a certain generation with an affinity for punk or alternative rock may remember lyrics from Midnight Oil, the Clash, or the Dead Kennedys, among others, that mention Cambodia with righteous anger over the atrocities of Pol Pot's "Year Zero" campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. That punk anger carried over onto the rest of the world that failed to stop the Khmer Rouge.

Rathary Kranh, the curator of "Rooted in Memory" at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery, gets more up close and personal by bringing together five artists, all who were born in Cambodia or are of Cambodian heritage.

They exhibit work that makes poignant statements about a culture steeped in the trauma of war, regret, relocation, and recovery."

SouthCoast Today by Don Wilkinson on March 8, 2018
Otherworldly An Exhibition Curated by Catherine Carter

"Strange days have found us. Strange days have tracked us down. They're going to destroy our casual joys. We shall go on playing...or find a new town." —The Doors

With artistic avenues that range from the surreal to the hypereal, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from rigid precision to repurposed playthings, "Otherworldly," a new six-person exhibition, lives up to its name.

The word "otherwordly" itself conjures up thoughts of the weird, the fantastic, the dreamlike ... that moment between being awake and drifting off, of the familiar become alien. Or vice-versa."

The Herald News by Linda Murphy on August 31, 2017
Interludes Photographs by Kathie Florsheim

"Don't expect to find the typical beach scenes in Kathie Florsheim's exhibit, "Interludes" at Bristol Community College's Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery.

In the series of photos, called Room 10, "ambient light manipulates space over water," providing no clues to the seaside settings from which the images were captured, she wrote in her artist's statement.

Florsheim, who has a masters degree in Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design, has spent much of her career as a photographer shooting the coastal areas of Rhode Island and the Cape."

SouthCoast Today by Keith Powers on February 5, 2016
Deborah Coolidge, Emma Hogarth, and Masha Ryskin

"Memories slip and change. The longer we strive to preserve them, the more they evolve. Engaging this process can be a powerful formula for making art.

Three artists whose work is on view now at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery on the campus of Bristol Community College tackle the idea of memory and information, each in different ways. The result? Judge for yourself. Like most exhibitions at this modest but important gallery, this show rewards the inquisitive visitor."

SouthCoast Today by Don Wilkinson on November 6, 2014
30 Years of Printmaking, James Stroud and Center Street Studio

"Printmaking is a term covering a wide range of art forms and medium, and that, to non-practitioners, can seem esoteric. With arcane jargon (photogravure, chine colle, intaglio) and process-heavy techniques that involve the use of mysterious materials (gum arabic, nitric acid, powdered rosin), the printmaker can come across as a bit of a studio alchemist. And the results can be astounding, beautiful and sublime.

James Stroud, who studied with the legendary printmaker Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris and formed the Center Street Studio in 1984, (now in Milton) is a master printer. His art and the work of dozens of other artists who have worked in the studio are the subjects of an enthralling exhibition at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery."

The Herald News by Linda Murphy on October 2, 2013
per/severance a sound installation by Mary Edwards & this bright morning an installation by Charlotte Hamlin

"The gallery's first sound installation, "per/serverance," by sound artist and composer Mary Edwards, brings the river into the gallery through an interpretive "soundscape" that melds the sounds of the river with other bodies of water, nature sounds, and melodic instrumentation.

"This is the first time that sound has been so prevalent in an installation," said gallery director Kathleen Hancock. "The notion of an exhibition of sound was so immersive, most people who come in lay down or sit down to listen to it."

The Grimshaw Gudewicz Art Gallery is also displaying "this bright morning," an installation of textile sculptures by artist Charlotte Hamlin. Created using the a traditional Korean cloth-making process called Bojagi, the sculptures suspended from ceiling of the gallery are Hamilin's re-imaginging of tree-lined walkways found in cities and formal landscapes."

South Coast Insider by Lori Bradley on January 12, 2011
10 From 10, The Director's Cut 10 Artists From the Gallery's First 10 Years

"Visiting the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College (BCC) in Fall River is a pleasure on many levels both emotional and intellectual. The school's architecture is modern and open. It's surrounded by fields and trees which is unusual on an urban campus. Parking is generous and close to the main gallery doors.

A peaceful sunken sculpture garden with benches leads into a light and airy lobby featuring impressive artworks by former BCC faculty. The lobby opens into the spacious gallery filled with captivating works of art. Frequent visits to the gallery, especially as part of a regular cultural routine, can improve insight, outlook and spirits.

The Grimshaw-Gudewicz is also a key contributor to the high level on interaction between Bristol Community College and the greater South Coast community. Great community colleges are incubators of cultural consciousness and economic development, and Grimshaw-Gudewicz plays a significant role in nurturing cooperative connections.

Fall River is fortunate to have a vital community college art gallery to complement a city with a distinct sense of history and place. "

Providence Phoenix by Greg Cook on January 28, 2009
Snowblind works by Cristin Searles

"For several years, Cristin Searles of Providence has been stitching together soft sculptures that catchily evoke natural forms. At Rhode Island College's Bannister Gallery two years ago, she turned quilted fabric into a dark blue bubbly cloud. And tousled furry green things sprouted along the gallery walls like moss. Her lovely new sculpture show, "Snowblind," at Bristol Community College's Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, lives up to the frosty title in its white-on-white palette. But except for Yolk, which resembles a gang of tall candles or icicles dangling from the ceiling, the forms actually bring to mind the flowering of spring blossoms or undersea life."