Thomaston printmaker Cynthia Motian McGuirl has been chosen to exhibit her work in “The Armenian Genocide — 95 Years Later, In Remembrance” at the University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein Campus Gallery.

Six of McGuirl’s images are on display. They depict events in the lives of her Armenian ancestors, who were both victims and survivors of the Armenian genocide. The show, which runs through April 30, features the work of 50 international artists as well as containing academic and historical exhibits.

Gallery Z director Bérge Ara Zobian, an Armenian of Providence, has produced the show in collaboration with the Urban Arts and Culture Program of the University of Rhode Island. As the first genocide of the 20th century, the Armenian genocide is an especially critical event to affirm. The purpose of the exhibit is to commemorate the past, celebrate the present and look towards the future.

There will be two major receptions for the show. The first is a City of Providence Gallery Night reception Thursday, April 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. The second reception will take place Saturday, April 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. and will feature performances and lectures.

Detailed information about the show can be found at For more information about McGuirl’s work, visit

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