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PSI #11 – This Weekend Brown University

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

PS11

PSI#11 is taking place at Brown University and throughout Providence this year – and this series of performances and lectures is not to be missed. PSI #12 will be in London in 2006 – so catch the program locally while you can!

PSI describes the #11, “Becoming Uncomfortable” conference as follows:
“We wanted a festival as well as a conference, a mela as well as a lila, a conference that would challenge the confines of the academy during the day and that would spill out into a city called Providence at night. And we wanted to make this affordable.”

This weekend, the performance schedule includes: Kate Bornstein, Nao Bustamente, Pig Iron, New Works, Venus Opal Reese, Gil & Moti, Lee Breuer, Drastic Action, ExPgirls, Neo-Spinsters, Nonna and more. Local performances include Shawn Greenlee Friday, 10:00 PM Tazza (corner of Union and Westminster) in downtown Providence; “History of the Future: Performing Anthropology/Dancing Descension” by Deb T. Larsen – special sunset performance on the Campus Green behind Leeds Theater Lobby (77 Waterman St) on Thursday March 31st, 6:00 to 6:30 & Friday April 1st, 6:00 to 6:30; and Adam Gertsacov and the ACME Miniature Circus, Saturday April 2, 9:00 PM in the Trinity Repertory Theatre Lobby.

For a schedule of events, click here.

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Silk Road Project Moves to Rhode Island

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Silk Road Project logo
There was exciting news on the front page of this morning’s Providence Journal. The Silk Road Project, Yo-Yo Ma’s innovative cross-cultural music and education project, is moving to Rhode Island! The article by the Journal’s Bill Van Siclen says that “[The Silk Road Project] will establish a residency program that will bring RISD students and faculty members together with an international array of musicians, including Ma himself.”

RISD is a great community partner, and we look forward to some exciting things happening, not just on the RISD campus but also throughout our area.

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National Medal of Arts

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

National Medal of ArtsWe just received a mailing from the National Endowment for the Arts, encouraging us to submit a nomination for the National Medal of Arts, our nation’s highest honor given to a living artist or arts patron.

The National Medal is a huge honor, and it would be great for a Rhode Island artist or patron to be its recipient. If you have a suggestion, send it on to us. We’ll look at everything that comes in, put together a nomination and send it on to Washington.

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Calling all past RISCA Applicants!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Well – not all past applicants. Just the ones who have never picked up their support materials from their past applications. When you do not pick up your support materials or send us a self addressed stamped envelope – this is what our desks look like!
My Desk

Please pick up your left over work samples on April 1.
On Friday, April 1, RISCA staff will be stationed in the entryway of One Capitol Hill in order to receive the first round of our 2006 Fellowship and Request for Proposal grant applications. This would be a WONDERFUL time for all past applicants who still have support materials stored at our office to pick those items up! We will have boxes (and I do mean BOXES) of slides, tapes, manuscripts, cds, etc. in the entryway of One Capitol Hill for past applicants to rummage through and claim their items. Items that are not claimed will be thrown away. We hate throwing things away (as you can see) so please come and get your things!

And don’t forget – all fellowship and grant applicants who are dropping off on April 1 must arrive between 8:30am and 4:30 pm – no exceptions!

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The ArtShow Amherst

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Amherst Art Show
The ARtShow Amherst - Deadline for 2005 Season Jury is April 11

General Description: A four member jury panel comprised of artists and art professionals will select exhibitors based on the artistic quality of the work submitted. Applicants can request to exhibit a second weekend based upon availability. Submission deadline is April 11. A link to the application form is below.

What To Submit: Artists are invited to submit up to 3 samples of their work in slide or digital format. We encourage artists to submit their work via our online application (see link below). There is a $15 application fee. If submitting online, images should be in JPEG format (.jpg) at 72ppi resolution (6″ width or height max.). If submitting using our downloadable PDF application form, slides should be 35 mm, enclosed in a plastic slide sheet labeled with the artist’s name and address and each slide should be clearly numbered and labeled with the artist’s name, title, date, medium and dimensions of the work. A current resume should be included. A self-addressed stamped envelope for return of slides must accompany each entry if return is desired. Digital files may also be submitted on CD-R and must accompany a complete application packet.
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Jen Corace and Little Pea!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Little Pea
Providence artist Jen Corace has published her first children’s book! She is the illustrator of Little Pea , written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and published by Chronicle Books of San Francisco.

If Little Pea doesn’t eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What’s a young pea to do? Children who have trouble swallowing their veggies will love the way this pea-size picture book serves up a playful story they can relate to.

Available wherever books are sold!

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A book-signing by a friend of the arts

Monday, March 28th, 2005

M.J. Andersen, authorWe usually don’t plug the books of Massachusetts authors, but Providence Journal writer M.J. Andersen is a good friend of the Rhode Island arts community, and she will be signing copies of her new (and first) book, “Portable Prairie–Confessions of an Unsettled Midwesterner,” this Thursday, March 31st at 7pm at Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street in Providence.

M.J. is a member of the editorial staff of the Journal, and when you see arts-related editorials she’s usually had a hand in them. The editorial pages of the Journal have always been a big supporter of the Rhode Island arts community.

This memoir follows Andersen’s path from a South Dakota upbringing to an Ivy League education and adulthood. “Portable Prairie” ultimately unfolds into a meditation on the meaning of home. It has been hailed by author and “Prairie Home Companion” radio host Garrison Keillor as “an amazement, for its spare and steady humor, its emotional heights that come unexpectedly, and all the stories, hundreds of them, some only a sentence or two long.”
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Random acts of weirdness

Monday, March 28th, 2005

A recent article in the Toronto Star , courtesy of ArtsJournal.com, caught our eye:

Everyday life in Toronto has gotten decidedly weird lately. “You may have stumbled recently across neatly wallpapered bus shelters, perhaps being attended by a primly dressed man in a crinoline skirt… Trees, at times, have worn sweaters. Fire hydrants have been garlanded in cake icing. There have been knitted cosies for bike locks and public phone receivers, dress-up parties in Trinity Bellwoods Park, and a well-tended garden of ferns growing from the toilets and urinals of Metro Hall. Tiny gold trophies have been affixed around town, engraved with the slogan ‘Good For You.’” Meet the Interventionists, artists determined to bring their work directly to the public, and to do so with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
Artists Germaine Koh and Jade Rude met on a downtown traffic island in Toronto last May for a three-round bout titled High Noon.  Courtesy Toronto Star website.
Art is all about adding excitement to life, shaking up the social order, engaging and entertaining (pick one or more from the above, or “fill in the blank”), and stuff like this certainly does that. Something for us to think about?

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Meredith Wildes Cornell & Terry Haffenreffer Shapiro

Friday, March 25th, 2005

Meredith Cornell
Providence Art Club
11 Thomas Street
Providence RI 02903
www.providenceartclub.org
Exhibitions – April 3-15, 2005
Reception – Sunday April 3, 2-4pm
Gallery Hours – Monday through Friday, 12-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 2-4pm or byappointment
Contact Lauren Cicione: 401.331.1114

DODGE HOUSE GALLERY
Three of Each & Two and Two: Meredith Wildes Cornell & Terry Haffenreffer Shapiro
Two Little Compton artists team up for an upcoming exhibition at the Providence Art Club. While Meredith Cornell, long time member of the Art Club, will include a recent body of work consisting of oil portraits and still lifes, Terry Haffenreffer Shapiro captures her surrounding East Bay landscape through oil painting and pastels. Cornell utilizes repetition throughout this group of work. Each subject whether a figure or floral scene, are presented in three different approaches. Cornell depicts the beauty of life through a confident expressive style and beautiful dept of color. Shapiro has interpreted this same technique of repetition in pairs rather than triplets. Her seascapes and landscapes not only illustrate the beauty of the familiar RI terrain but also record recent trips to Prince Edward Island in Canada. These landscapes focus on the changing seasons as it affects the light and environment. Shapiro is a RISD graduate and also a founding member of the Sakonnet Artists Cooperative. Cornell holds a degree from the Swain School of Art of New Bedford MA. Both artists are current members of the Westport Art Group.

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Becoming Uncomfortable

Friday, March 25th, 2005

Becoming Uncomfortable
A conference toward performance/studies: modes of thinking, physical methodologies, spatial thoughts, sound disturbances, and knowing bodies.

Performance Studies international’s eleventh annual conference
Hosted by Brown University, Providence, RI
March 30 through April 3, 2005.

For a schedule of events go to: http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Theatre/psi/

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National Juried Exhibition of Outdoor Sculpture

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Riverbend Sculpture
National Juried Exhibition of Outdoor Sculpture September 11 to November 6, 2005
$380,000 Commission Awards

a project of Owensboro Public Art Commission Owensboro, Kentucky

Exhibition Site: Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

OWENSBORO, KENTUCKY: Located in Western Kentucky, along the banks of the Ohio River, Owensboro is characterized by small-town ambience supported by a strong foundation of educational, economic and cultural opportunities typically associated with much larger metropolitan areas. A progressive arts community includes three museums, performing arts center, symphony orchestra and theatres of drama and dance. Ranked as the third largest city in Kentucky, the local economy includes a mixture of agrarian, manufacturing and service industries. Owensboro has a progressive industrial development/tourism attitude among its business, government and civic leadership.

The Owensboro (Kentucky) Public Art Commission (OPAC) is seeking professional artists or teams of professional artists to design site specific monumental outdoor sculpture. Seven commissions totaling $380,000 may be awarded. Additional sponsors are probable and will be listed on the OPAC website at www.opublicart.org. The goal of this project is to begin a collection of monumental outdoor sculpture which will enhance the visual environment of the community.
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STAINED GLASS RESTORATION POSITION

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Stained Glass
STAINED GLASS RESTORATION POSITION – Aprl 1, 2005
Daniel Maher Stained Glass is seeking a bench person for restoration and creation of stained glass windows in a fun and creative environment. Minimum of 2 years experience in historic preservation of stained glass necessary. Useful skills include: light carpentry, drawing and layout, and familiarity with hand and power tools. Some scaffolding work may be required. Pay rate contingent upon experience, some benefits available.

Please send resume to:

Daniel Maher Stained Glass
500 Medford St
Somerville MA 02145

617-623-8602 (Fax)

http://www.dmstainedglass.com

info@dmstainedglass.com

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SOLO 05 Exhibition Competition

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

SOLO 05 Exhibition Competition
Juried by Cheryl Brutvan, Beal Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Awards. Two winners will each be awarded a solo exhibition in Gallery I or Gallery II in January of 2006, and all exhibition fees will be waived.

Eligibility. Northeast artists. Only artists who have not had a solo exhibition in a commercial gallery are eligible. Exhibitions in university galleries, art centers, libraries, business lobbies, or other noncommercial art spaces (whose focus is not on selling art) do not disqualify.
Note: winners must hand-deliver artwork to gallery (no 3rd-party shipping allowed).

Media. All visual media will be considered. Because of equipment requirements, film and video will be considered only as part of installations, and not as separate disciplines.
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artist live/work survey

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

The Artist Live/Work Survey, launched this past fall has gotten a great response. With over 250 respondents, the strong response underlies the critical nature of this issue- with most respondents in an active search for compatible space.

If you have not filled out the survey, you can do so here:

http://www.ri4arts.org/survey

We have already used some of the information gathered in several instances to alert policy makers as well as housing providers to the great demand for artist live/work space.

We will continue to use this data in planning some programming for the artist audience. Projects in development include working with individual groups to assist in artist space development, a web and/or print based primer for those looking to buy or rent space, and, of course, continuing action to create policy that is friendly to the artist live/work space demand.

Here are some of the statistics from the survey so far:

71% of respondents are looking for LIVE/WORK space, as opposed to work-only
82% are interested in potential ownership of their live/work or work space
67% replied that they are interested in assisting with the buildout
50% are willing to relocate should more suitable space become available.

Please check back at here for updates on the survey or programming from the Sustainable Artist Space Initiative. Feel free to contact us any time at laura@pinpointstudio.com

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Mara Metcalf – New Works

Monday, March 21st, 2005

Metcalf
March 11- April 7 2005
New Work at Lenore Gray Gallery, 15 Meeting Street Providence, RI 02903 phone: 274-3900.

Mara Metcalf has an enduring fascination with maps and diagrams. She is interested in the way they function as conceptual systems that describe terrain and our movements through the land with symbols and shorthand. In her new works on paper, mapping strategies suggest landscapes that in turn reconfigure reality and combine with the visual language of circuit boards to create an environment of strange connections. The lines appear to trace specific directions, yet these paths frequently double back or wander aimlessly. In contrast, the open areas suggest possibilities and clear views. Some pieces emphasize flatness; you can only see the surface. Others open into a cosmic depth, showing the spaces between and distances apart. These images document a passage through life, full of wrong turns, overlap and the willingness to forge ahead, in spite of it all.

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Weir Farm Trust Visiting Artist Program 2005-2006

Monday, March 21st, 2005

Weir Farm

Weir Farm Trust Visiting Artist Program 2005-2006

The Weir Farm Trust invites professional visual artists to apply to the Visiting Artists Program at Weir Farm National Historic Site. The 2005 program will begin in the summer and continue for one year. Housing and Studio space are not provided for the program – rather artists use Weir Farm as an “open air” studio, working on-site as often as necessary to inform a body of work. Benefits: A group exhibition of work completed during the program period; An exhibition publication and opening reception; The opportunity to present a public lecture, individually or on a panel, and participate in the Farm;s cultural programs; and a $500 honorarium to help cover travel expenses or supplies.

For more information got to http://www.nps.gov/wefa/Trust/VAp05.pdf

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Samples from the Art Deadlines List

Monday, March 21st, 2005

Here are just a few listings from the March Listings. For more, subscribe to Art Deadlines. To subscribe to the free email list, send a blank email message to: artdeadlineslist-subscribe@topica.com

1. Deadline April 30, 2005 for slides or CD via postal mail or Jpegs or Tiffs via email for the “7th Annual Collage & Mixed Media Juried Online International Exhibition”, a showcase of artwork featuring all aspects of collage including mixed and alternative media; Juror: Bonnie O’Connell, Professor of Art, University of Nebraska Omaha; 2. Deadline March 31, 2005 for entries for the “7th Annual Contemporary Art Juried Online International Exhibition”, a compilation of works highlighting recent and new directions in the contemporary art world; Juror, Caroline Simpson, Professor of Contemporary Art, University of Nebraska Omaha. For a prospectus of either or both showcases, please send a SASE to: Upstream People Gallery, 5607 Howard St, Omaha NE 68106-1257, U.S.A. OR call 402-991-4741 OR email your request to us at: shows@upstreampeoplegallery.com OR download the prospectus from: http://www.upstreampeoplegallery.com/schedule/default.asp

Using MyExpose, artists can create a unique artist portfolio website in just 60 seconds! The Art Deadlines List, in relationship with MyExpose, is offering readers of Art Deadlines List one free month of MyExpose membership. Sign up for your 1 month free trial at: www.myexpose.com/adl/ – or take the quick tour to find out more about MyExpose at: http://www.myexpose.com/tour/myexpose/

March 21, 2005 CALL FOR ENTRIES Gallery Neptune Call for Entries “The 21st Century Bookmark” in conjunction with the 6th Annual Bethesda Literary Festival. Please go to: http://www.galleryneptune.com/callforentries-bookmarks.html, for information and an application.
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The Phones Are Strangely Quiet At the Arts Council

Friday, March 18th, 2005

Insiders at the Arts Council call it “creepy”. It’s just thirteen days ’till our April 1 deadline, and the phones are strangely silent. I guess people don’t realize that your best chance for success is:

    Talking to Council staff about your project.
    Sharing a draft of your project narrative with Council staff before the deadline (in time for us to mark it up and send it back), and
    Getting your finished application to us by the deadline date.

Actually, that last one is a requirement. If you don’t get your application to us by 4:00pm on Friday, April 1, you have no chance of getting a grant. The other two items are recommendations from saavy grant-writers.

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catherine hamilton: birds

Friday, March 18th, 2005

Hamilton
Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street, Providence RI 02903 401.331.1114
www.providenceartclub.org
exhibition dates: april 3-15, 2005

artist’s reception: sunday, april 3, 2-4pm

Providence artist Catherine Hamilton learned to identify birds at an early age with her father, an avid bird watcher, and by the time she was ten years old had accompanied him on many birding trips across the United States. Twenty years later, she picked up a pair of binoculars, a thirtieth birthday present from her father, and headed back out into the field.

Hamilton turned this experience into an elegiac body of work that combines astonishing levels of observation with ruminations on current attitudes towards nature. Her ink drawings of birds and the wildlife refuges they inhabit hover between the science and romanticism of the 19th-century naturalist and the cynical awareness of the 21st-century artist.
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BLOOD FROM A TURNIP – TONIGHT – FRIDAY!!! 8PM & 10PM!!!

Friday, March 18th, 2005

Blood from Turnip

Perishable Theatre 95 Empire Street Providence
*10:00 adult screening, you must be 18
Price: $5.00
No reservations
Seating first come, first serve
Information: 401-331-2695×106

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