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Since November 1978, the E. M. Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College has been in continuous operation in presenting a yearly calendar of 8 – 10 exhibitions of contemporary art by local, regional, and internationally renowned artists. The gallery was created by the department of Art and was literally the center of the department for two decades until its relocation in September 2000 to the Roberts Hall / Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts complex. The gallery has presented artworks in