John DeMelim is a well-known New England artist and has had more than twenty one- and two-person shows in New England, New York City, California, and Mexico. His work has appeared in more than seventy juried exhibitions and has received many awards. His works are mixed media, and include paintings, assemblages, collage, serigraphs (the fine art of silk screen printing), embossing, and sculpture. Found objects early on played an important role in his constructions, assemblages, and sculpture. An educator at RIC for nearly 40 years, DeMelim was an integral force in the creation of the college’s art department with an art major and a Bachelor of Arts degree. For several years every student that attended Rhode Island College, in Providence, Rhode Island was required to take his class “Visual Arts in Society,” the only art class the college offered. Now the college offers degrees in studio art (ceramics, digital media design, graphic design, metalsmithing & jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture), art education and art history.