Fine Arts

Bob Dilworth’s Reframed, Revisited, and Reconstructed

By Jaclyn Wing

Dilworth exhibits such depth as he portrays real world occurrences within his artwork

The University of Rhode Island Department of Art and Art History and Africana Studies present Bob Dilworth’s Reframed, Revisited, and Reconstructed- Mixed Media Paintings exhibit through the end of February. Dilworth’s pieces are nationally recognized and exhibited and have won multiple awards, grants and fellowships. Since leaving Virginia, he completed his undergraduate work at the Rhode Island School of Design and has come full circle and is now a full time professor at the University of Rhode Island.



Dilworth’s work is a figurative approach to the everyday issues of race, culture, ethnicity and family. His pieces fully reflect his journey as an artist in which he creates multiple layers to stimulate a psychological response.


While he started with a paintbrush and canvas, he has developed his own non-traditional artistic process. His pieces reflect his experimentation with colors, textured surfaces, and cluttered and structured spatial planes. Built up using wood, cloth, string, metal, epoxy, oil sticks and other various textural fragments, his pieces create visual scenarios that explore the human condition. While he has created abstract works, Dilworth is best known for his scenes that explore occurrences in the world. The multiple physical layers of the pieces reflect the emotional depth within it.


Dilworth effectively captures moments in time connecting elements of society with memories that have shaped him as an artist.


This exhibit is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


For more information please contact:

Main Gallery
URI Fine Arts Center Building
105 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI