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  • Private Visions, Public Ideals – The Legacy of Howard Ben Tré at the WaterFire Arts Center

    Photo Credit: Lucas Foglia

    WaterFire Providence is pleased to present an exhibition in honor of the life and legacy of Howard Ben Tré at the WaterFire Arts Center (WFAC). “Private Visions, Public Ideals –The Legacy of Howard Ben Tré” show will run from Wednesday, January 27 - Sunday, March 7, 2021. This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Joseph A. Chazan, M.D. and Wendy MacGaw. It was organized by WaterFire Providence in collaboration with Wendy MacGaw.

    “Ben Tré spoke of his interest in turning ‘experience into expression’. His ambition was to give the general public a chance to experience spaces which have been designed by the artist with attention to both functionality and aesthetic pleasure.” -Ronald J. Onorato, an excerpt from his essay “A Constant Discussion: The Public Work of Howard Ben Tre” 

    Howard Ben Tré is internationally recognized for his unique sculptures and large-scale works of art for public and private spaces. Ben Tré was a pioneer in the use of cast glass as a sculptural medium and his work is included in more than 101 museums and public collections worldwide. His breakthrough technical innovations extended his mastery of cast glass and allowed him to create monumental sculptures that can survive the rigors of outdoor installation. Ben Tré received an M.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1980 and was a three-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a three-time recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship.

    In Howard Ben Tré’s memory, this show is a premier exhibition of WaterFire’s new Pass the Torch Exhibition Series which connects and showcases works of Rhode Island-based artists, each exhibit pairs a mentor and mentee, one NetWorks Rhode Island artist and one emerging artist. 

    “Private Visions, Public Ideals – The Legacy of Howard Ben Tré” will run through March 7, 2021. WFAC hours are Wednesdays - Sundays, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. All visitors are required to self screen before entering the WaterFire Arts Center and practice safety rules : keeping a 6’ distance from others and wear a mask at all times.

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