It's February, the month of love (Valentine's
Day) and snow. Our third annual show of
recipients will be at Firehouse 13 in
Providence, made all the more significant
because it is our 40th anniversary year. Our
grant application deadline is fast
approaching, and that means... Grant
Workshops! Read on...
|Third Annual RISCA Fellowship Show!
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is
celebrating its 40th year of supporting our
state’s individual artists with a celebration
on Tuesday evening, February 20th, at
Firehouse 13 on Central Street in Providence.
Firehouse 13 is one of our state’s newest
The celebration honors those artists who have
fellowship grants from the State. This
exhibition will include paintings by Alfred
DeCredico, professor of Foundation Studies at
RISD; wire installations by CW Roelle who is
rapidly gaining national attention for his
intricate three-dimensional works; and
drawings by Chelsea Heffner who is also the
Director of the Hera Gallery in Wakefield –
just to name a few. Visitors will also
experience video installations that include
the choreography of Mark Harootian, dancer
and choreographer for Festival Ballet, and
listening stations with music by
internationally performed composer Evan
Johnson and experimental composer Joseph Grimm.
The RISCA Fellowship Exhibition will take
place at Firehouse13 in Providence from
Saturday, February 17 through Wednesday,
February 28. The public is invited to attend
the opening reception on Tuesday February 20
from 5-9:00 PM (special presentations at
7pm). The public is also invited to attend
the Fellowship Writers Night on Thursday,
February 22 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, when
literature Fellowship Award Winners will read
from their most recent works
|And for those of you interested in applying to RISCA for a grant...
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
will hold workshops in Newport and Providence
for individual artists, non-profit
organizations and schools interested in
submitting grant applications for the
Council's April 2 application deadline.
Grant workshops are free and open to the public.
The Newport workshop will be held on Monday,
February 26, 2007 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at
the Newport Art Museum, located at 76
Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island.
The Providence workshop will be held on
Monday, March 5, 2007 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill,
located diagonally across Smith Street from
the Rhode Island State House.
Arts Council staff will be present to review
current grant guidelines, and will be
available to provide information and
assistance to those interested in applying
The Arts Council's April 2 deadline offers
opportunities for the support of individual
artists, arts organizations, educational and
non-profit organizations under the "Project
Grant" category, which supports arts projects
and arts education projects. April 2 is also
the deadline for grants to individuals in our
Fellowship Program. At this deadline
applications will be accepted from individual
creative artists working in the disciplines
of crafts, film & video, folk arts, fiction,
photography and three-dimensional art.
here for more information on grants, access
to guidelines and application forms.
|Public Art at the new Traffic Tribunal Building
A new work of public art has been installed
at the Rhode Island Judiciary's Traffic
Tribunal Building in Cranston. Commissioned
as part of the state's "Art for Public
Facilities" law, this new work will be
unveiled in a public ceremony sometime in March.
A glass tile mosaic by Portland, ME artist Joe
Kievitt was selected through a lengthy
call to artists and review process. Mr.
Kievitt's work is influenced by Japanese
prints and depicts the natural world. The
selection panel chose his colorful, graceful
forms with confidence that they would respect
the formality of judicial proceedings, yet
lend an air of relief and charm to the
Tribunal's often stressful environment.
The new Traffic Tribunal building is located
at 670 New London Avenue in the John O.
Pastore Government Center. Edward Rowse
Architects Inc. was commissioned by the Rhode
Island Judiciary to design the new Traffic
Tribunal building in order to provide the
public with a user-friendly, secure, and
technologically advanced courthouse. “The
inclusion of Mr. Kievitt's glass tile mosaic
will enhance the public experience of the
building by transforming its most publicly
accessible areas” explains Cristina Di
Chiera, Director of the Rhode Island's 1% for
Public Art Program. “Kievitt's glass tile
mosaic will endure for the life of the
Traffic Tribunal building, making it a
lasting amenity for the state.”
|Tenth Annual State Employees Art Show
The artistic talents of state employees are
on display during the month of February in
the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, a
gallery space managed by the State Arts
Council in cooperation with the RI Department
The State Employees Art Show has been one of
the year’s most popular shows in the gallery,
since it showcases the often hidden artistic
talents of state workers. Each year a
different group of talented artists emerge,
from agency directors to clerk-typists. This
year’s show features 51 paintings, drawings,
photographs, and even tapestries by 33 state
An awards ceremony, presided over by Lt.
Governor Elizabeth Roberts and Director of
Administration Beverly Najarian will take
place during the month of February.
|AS220 looks for tenants for The Dreyfus
Shawn Wallace, Managing Director of AS220,
took the State Arts Council staff on a tour
of the nearly-completed Dreyfus Building in
downtown Providence. This ambitious project
will create 26 affordable studio spaces
for artists, along with 16 residential spaces
and 10 work spaces.
The excellent Art-in-Ruins
website has a comprehensive look at the
Dreyfus project. There are also plans for a
restaurant on the first floor, and an
expansion of the AS220 Broad Street Studio
Artists interested in acquiring space should
(quickly) contact Susan Clausen at AS220.
Click on the link below.
|Contribute your thoughts to the RI Foundation
The Rhode Island Foundation is about to begin
a series of public discussions that will
shape the role this important organization
will play in supporting our community.
It is important that the voice of our state's
arts community be heard during these
meetings. Click on the link below, and try
and attend one or more of these public
|The Encore Awards: Rhode Island's "don't miss" event!
The Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island
does many things well. One thing they do
beautiful is throw a party!
Join the Arts & Business Council on Thursday,
March 1st for its 17th Annual Encore Arts &
Business Awards, held this year at The Plant
at 60 Valley Street in Providence. The Plant
is a new mixed-use development featuring
affordable live/work studio and commercial
spaces, as well as a community enterprise
center. A great place for a great party.
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