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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Sept. 19, 2012

U.S. Naval War College (NWC) professor Tom Culora will be one of two artists featured for this month's "ART Night" in Bristol and Warren, on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Culora's studio, located on the 2nd floor, entrance "C," Parker Mills, Elm Street in Warren, will be open to the public, providing access to the inner workings of the artist's studio.

In addition to conducting research into current and future war fighting issues as the chair for NWC's Warfare Analysis and Research Department, Culora leads a parallel life as an artist in Warren, creating art in various mediums, including painting and mixed media.

Culora's most recent work explores the reconciliation between post-modernism and the historical line of art that existed in the late 19th to the mid-20th century. He accomplishes this work through examining psychology of posting personal video streams on the Internet with the reciprocal psychology of viewing these images. He then appropriates images through a highly selective process that results in large two-dimensional work painted on framed hardboard using traditional hand-made oils. The frames are often an integral element of the work.

During "ART Night," Culora will also debut a community art project "Allegory of Friendship" which brought together 40 individuals to create a sculpture comprised of buoy-like objects, each individually painted in an autobiographical fashion.  The project demonstrates the diversity and strength of individuals in a community coming together.

Culora holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and his most recent exhibition was a collaborative show at The Royal Institution in London, United Kingdom, titled AUTOCATALYSIS.

The waterfront towns of Bristol and Warren offer nine "ART Nights" on the last Thursday of every month from March through November.

More information on "ART Night," including directions and parking information is available online at http://www.artnightbristolwarren.org.


Edited and posted by Dan Marciniak