U.S. Congressman David Cicilline issued the following statement tonight:
"Tom Sgouros was an extraordinarily gifted and widely-acclaimed artist, a brilliant teacher, and wonderful friend. He was truly a Rhode Island treasure whose work in the illustration department at RISD influenced many generations of young artists. He will be remembered for his incredible creative spirit, his tremendous work ethic, and his selfless generosity. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Roxie, and his entire family."