Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts to Host One Gun Gone Exhibit

Getting rid of gun violence through the arts.

The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts is hosting an upcoming exhibit, One Gun Gone: Thoughts and Prayers are Not Enough, in partnership with One Gun Gone, to address the impacts of gun violence in Rhode Island. The juried international photography exhibition will showcase media that reflects how gun violence effects communities and the world at large — it is the third show in an exhibition series designed to provide opportunities to support positive change within the community.

One Gun Gone, a multi-disciplinary, gun violence prevention public art project, founded by artist and educator, Scott Lapham, takes guns off the streets, makes artwork from them and then sells the artwork to raise money to buy more guns off the streets with a police sanctioned gun buy back. How does he do it? Once removed, the deadly weapons are used for molds and sculptures. Such projects include cast glass, brightly colored crayon and candle sculptures.

One Gun Gone was inspired by the unjust killings of four of Lapham’s students due to gun violence over the course of the past fifteen years. As a result of these tragedies, Lapham came up with the idea of students participating in exercises including artmaking, advertising and working on positive interactions with local law enforcement agencies. Read more here.

Guests can purchase an uncolored paraffin candle gun sculpture created exclusively for the collaboration with the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, as well as a signed die cut paper One Gun Gone poster. Each purchase funds the removal of one handgun at the registered gun buyback. The exhibition will be juried by Boris Bally , a nationally recognized artist, sculptor and activist whose current work also addresses gun violence in America, and will run from October 18 to November 9.