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A Statement from RISCA regarding reports of federal funding cuts to the arts & humanities

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Ever since early January, when the Washington DC publication “The Hill” reported on plans by the Trump Administration to eliminate federal funding for the arts and humanities, RISCA and RICH (the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities) have heard from cultural advocates asking what they can do to help prevent such a thing from happening.  During the past couple of weeks I have been involved in a number of conversations on this issue.  Both Americans for the Arts and The New York Times have published important information regarding the situation, and I encourage you to review this material.

Our colleague Philip Horn at the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has put together a statement that clearly and articulately states what many of us in the state arts agency field believe is the proper course of action at this time. I wanted to share his statement with you all.

Some of you have heard about or seen reports that the new Administration and the new Congress are intent on eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the Humanities Endowment and PBS. While we are deeply concerned about the well-being of the NEA, there does not seem to be any source clearly identified by the media that can be verified. Much of what we are seeing is the media reporting on other media reports.

Our association, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, is already reaching out to key parties to learn about the administration’s agenda for the arts and the disposition of members of Congress. Clearly, the arts have enjoyed support from both sides of the aisle for many years. It would be unfortunate if the arts community declared itself in opposition to a new administration and Congress regarding a budget proposal that has not yet been made for the future of the NEA and the federal cultural agencies.

In the past, proposals have been made to eliminate the cultural agencies. These efforts have generated intense advocacy and, while cuts have been made in funding, the trend is upwards not down and the cultural agencies are still with us and stronger in many ways.

It is always appropriate and advisable to contact your representatives at the local, state and federal level to express your support for public funding for the arts and what this support has made possible in your community. At this time, it would be helpful to inquire if your representatives are aware of any effort to eliminate the cultural agencies.

I advise everyone to withhold judgment until there is a proposal. We need all our friends in leadership positions in government on both sides of the aisle and at all levels. It would not be helpful to alienate anyone based on premature assumptions.

So, as Philip suggests, it is (always) a good idea for you to contact your representatives to express your support for public funding for the arts and humanities.  This is important in good times and bad.  Beyond that, both the Humanities Council and RISCA will monitor the situation and make sure you know what is happening.  Feel free to share your thoughts on this issue with me at Randall.Rosenbaum@arts.ri.gov, and (as always) let me know if there is anything we can do to assist.

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

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Fusionworks Dance Company – NECF 2017 – Call to Artists

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Call to Artists

Fusionworks Dance Company invites choreographers to submit their work to NECF 2017. The Nationally Emerging Choreographers Festival (formerly Northeast Choreographers Festival) will be presented in November of 2017 in Providence, RI.  This year’s festival will showcase the works of at least two emerging and/or established choreographers from across the U.S.

“The NECF residency with Fusionworks Dance Company could not have been a more positive experience. It was my first choreographic residency, and the Artistic Director, Deb Meunier, and the dancers of the company welcomed me with open arms. All details were laid out ahead of time, my expectations as choreographer were organized and articulate, the dancers were such hard working and wonderful people to work with, and it was just an incredibly worthwhile and rewarding opportunity. I would love to be able to work with this company again and I cherish this experience.”

2016 NECF Chorographer Winnie Berger

Finalists will be paid a $1,000 stipend to do a five day residency in either July, August or September, during which they will set their work on Fusionworks Dance Company.  All chosen artists will also teach a master class open to the community. Housing and rides to and from the airport or bus/train station will be provided by Fusionworks Dance Company for finalists. All invited choreographers are required to promote the project and to encourage community support.

To apply, please submit the following via e-mail to AD@Fusionworksdance.org or by mail to Fusionworks Dance Company, PO Box 402, Lincoln, RI 02865.

  • A video link or DVD of a finished work (must be between 8-15 minutes and not require more than 5 dancers – priority will be given to dances with four or less dancers). No edits with the dance clearly visible at all times. A studio filming may be submitted as long as the dance is clear throughout.
  • A brief written description of your work and where it has been presented.
  • A biography or resume
  • Links to all social media platforms where your work is represented, such as Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, or Instagram.
  • A $25 submission fee. Can be paid by check (made out to Fusionworks Dance Company) or online at: www.fusionworksdance.org/ne-choreographers-festival.html

Incomplete materials or those exceeding the Festival time limits will not be processed.
Multiple submissions may be submitted using separate and $25 submission fee.

Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017.  Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Notices will be sent out by April 15, 2017.

For questions, please e-mail artistic director Deb Meunier at AD@Fusionworksdance.org or call her at (401)334-3091.

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Pawtucket PAINTBOX Call for Artists

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The City of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture are pleased to announce a call for artists for our annual PAINTBOX program.  Interested artists are encouraged to submit up to three design proposals to paint utility boxes located throughout the City of Pawtucket.  $300 stipends are available to offset the cost of supplies and up to fifteen proposals will be accepted by the City.

The deadline to submit design proposals is March 6, 2017 and selected artists will be notified in the spring of 2017.
Additional details and design applications are available on the Pawtucket website here.

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Arts & Letters Funding Opportunities

Friday, January 27th, 2017

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, 2/8/2016
Eligible: Afterschool and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs  Awards: 12 programs will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award at a ceremony at the White House. Access the online application.

National Endowment for the Arts, 2/16/2017
NEA Art Works grants support Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literature, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater, Visual Arts and Creativity Connects Projects. Eligible: Tax-exempt nonprofits, tribes and government organizations with a three-year history of programming ; other restrictions apply. Awards: $10,000 to $100,000.

New England Foundation for the Arts, 2/17/2017
Touring Grants provide funding for presenting high quality artists with projects that exhibit strong collaboration between artists and organizations that creatively connect the arts to communities and underserved populations in New England. Eligible: Nonprofits, governments, tribes, schools. Must be compliant with Section 504 and ADA. Awards: $10,000

National Endowment for the Arts, 4/13/2017
Challenge America grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Eligible: Tax-exempt nonprofits, tribes and government organizations with a three-year history of programming ; other restrictions apply. Awards: $10,000 to $50,000

National Endowment for the Humanities, 5/2/2017
Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions supports special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects and digital materials. Eligible: Government, academia, nonprofits Awards: Up to $6,000

National Endowment for the Arts, 5/4/2017
Art Works: Creativity Connects grants support collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors, specifically: Agriculture, Business and Economic Development, Science, Technology, Healthcare, Community Education, Environment, Military, and Transportation. Eligible: Tax-exempt nonprofits, tribes and government organizations with a three-year history of programming ; other restrictions apply. Awards: $20,000 to $100,000

Princess Grace Foundation, 6/12/2017

Accepting applications for student thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate level. Eligible: full-time or matriculated student s who have not yet completed his or her film; have completed at least one film as a director; and is the director of the proposed film project. Awards: Scholarship for the film budget.

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 9/19/2017
The annual fellowship program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and/or creation in any of the arts under the freest possible conditions. Eligible: Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Awards: The amounts of grants vary, and the Foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.

American Academy in Rome, 11/12/2017
The Rome prize is awarded annually to artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who exemplify the highest standard of excellence in arts and humanities scholarship. Eligible: US citizens  Awards: Each winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Those with children under 18 live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Winners of half-term and full-term fellowships receive stipends of $16,000 and $28,000, respectively. Winners of the Two-Year fellowships receive $28,000 annually.

Surdna Foundation, No deadline for Letters of Inquiry
The Foundation offers grants to organizations that believe communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. The Thriving Cultures Program seeks to create just and sustainable communities in four ways: cultural advancement, educational development, community engaged design, and social change. Eligible: U.S. Nonprofits Awards: Not specified.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, No Deadline
The foundation welcomes applications year-round from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a period of a year and will be considered for all legitimate expenditures relating to professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. Eligible: Visual artists. Awards: The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist.

Japan Foundation; Deadline: 3 months before project starts
This grant aims to support projects that will further understanding of Japanese arts and culture. Eligible: Eastern US nonprofits Awards: Up to $5,000

Fender Music Foundation, No Deadline
Eligible: Nonprofit music instruction programs Awards: The Foundation is currently awarding acoustic, bass and electric guitars and the equipment necessary to play them. String, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, and keyboards are sometimes available.

Classics4Kids Foundation, 6/30/2017; quarterly
If your school or non-profit organization believes in the role of fine instruments in your program, and can show evidence of need and commitment to raising matching funds, you are a strong candidate for the Classics for Kids matching grant program. Eligible: Nonprofits and schools


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Apply For Grants From The NE Foundation For The Arts

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
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Image: Expeditions-supported So Percussion in “A Gun Show,” by Stephanie Berger
Expeditions grant deadline is February 13
Expeditions grants support New England nonprofits to plan and implement tours of high quality arts projects involving New England, national, and international artists. Projects that provide meaningful interaction between artists and communities and collaboration between presenters, artists, and communities are strongly encouraged. View the Expeditions Touring and Expeditions Tour Planning grant guidelines for more details.
Looking for Expeditions Touring partners?
Expeditions Touring projects must include a minimum of three New England nonprofit partners from two New England states. If you are looking for tour partners for an Expeditions project, here are a few resources to connect with New England presenters:

New pilot initiative for Expeditions Tour Planning projects featuring New England artists
Expeditions Tour Planning projects featuring a New England artist/ensemble may receive an additional $5,000 to support production expenses related to preparing the project to tour. Interested applicants should contact Adrienne Petrillo, Program Director, New England Presenting & Touring to discuss their project before applying.
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NEST grant deadline is March 1
New England States Touring (NEST) grants support public presentations and activities by New England touring artists listed on the CreativeGround directory. New England presenters can apply to bring an artist from outside of their state to their community. Applications will be available in early February.
New England Dance Fund grant deadline is February 1
New England Dance Fund makes grants to New England-based choreographers of all genres and backgrounds to support critical opportunities that will advance their artistic careers.
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City Of Providence Request For Proposals: Public Art Master Plan

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Established in April 2016, the City of Providence Art in City Life Commission in collaboration with the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism is in search of a Public Art Master Plan Consultant. The consultant will work with the Commission to: engage diverse stakeholders in the development of a city-wide Public Art Master Plan; provide best practices on the solicitation, conservation, maintenance, and deaccessioning of public art, memorials, markers and commemorations; and develop best practices in the consideration of Site Specificity, Artistic Excellence, and Historic Significance for proposed public art projects.

  • Bids will be opened on February 21, 2017


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Tina Cane, RI Poet Laureate, to launch new chapbook in public reading and signing event on Friday 2/3

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Contact: Vanessa Gilbert
E-mail: events@booksq.com
TEL: (401) 331-9097

On Friday, February 3 at 7pm, Books on the Square is pleased to present RI Poet Laureate Tina Cane, who will read from and sign her new book Once Morewith Feeling. Poet Keegan Lester will also join Cane to read from his new work. This event will be held at Books on the Square at 471 Angell Street.

“Just as her “earliest hands dug for light in wet sand,” Tina Cane’s lyric reveries uncover the treasured details of a youth steeped in New York’s once-marginalized neighborhoods. Note the tensions in her “minorhistories,” for example, the self-deprecating resolve that asserts thenobility of cultural experiences we recognize as our own even in the exactness of Cane’s personal vision. Once More with Feeling is amesmerizing debut come to dignify our most worldly passions.”– Gregory Pardlo

Tina Cane was born in New York City. She received a BA from the University of Vermont and an MA in French literature from Middlebury College. She is the author of The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press, 2008), a book-lengthpoem. She is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. In 2016 Cane was selected to be the sixth poet laureate of Rhode Island. She lives inProvidence, Rhode Island.

Keegan Lester is an American poet splitting time between New York City and Morgantown, West Virginia. Mary Ruefle selected his first collection of poetry this shouldn’t be beautiful but it was & it’s all i had, so i drew it for the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. He is the co-founder and poetry editor for the journal Souvenir Lit. He performs monthly with the New York City Poetry Brothel. He earned his MFA from Columbia University.


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Saddened by the passing of Mark Baumer, FY17 Fellowship Award Winner in poetry

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Here at RISCA, we are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mark Baumer, our FY17 Fellowship Award Winner in poetry.

Baumer, a passionate Rhode Island artist and activist, was killed over the weekend while walking barefoot across the country to raise money for the FANG collective (an environmental organization in Providence) and to raise awareness about climate change.

Our thoughts and positive energy go out to his family and loved ones.

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Practice//Practice, AS220′s professional development program for arts administrators – Spring 2017 applications open NOW

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Marina Balko

Practice//Practice, AS220’s professional development program for arts
administrators, Spring 2017 dates announced: May 3rd to 6th!
Applications open until March 1st.

Practice//Practice, AS220’s professional development program for arts administrators,
returns to AS220′s campus in downtown Providence, Rhode Island from May 3rd to
6th! Applications are open until March 1st. There is no fee to apply. Tuition cost is
sliding scale, $500 to $1,000. Visit our website for full details, but don’t take our word for
it – check out what other Practitioners have to say about the program!

offers the arts and culture field an intensive learning alternative to
large scale conferences or semester-based higher-education courses. The program is
for anyone who works in the arts and culture field regardless of position. From those
who identify as arts managers, arts educators, socially engaged artists, program
coordinators, community organizers, arts researchers, cultural producers, or any other
given title, Practice//Practice seeks to bring a diverse group of practitioners together in
a fertile environment to share and learn from each other.

The 4-day residency program consists of a series of workshops and discussions,
presentations by participants and faculty, a tour to visit partner arts organizations,
hands-on making sessions in AS220’s Industries and, of course, a party! Workshops will
include presentations and breakout sessions with AS220 staff and expert visiting
faculty, and will allow plenty of time for discussion and debate. In the spirit
of Practice//Practice, some workshops also involve working sessions, bringing
theoretical discourse into the practical realm.

Using AS220’s history and practices as a jumping off point, topics covered
include: organizational sustainability (finances, structure, fundraising); strategic
development (mission/vision/values development, leadership,
transparency); property (the issues involved in acquiring and owning a
building); accessibility (affordability and diversity); and collaboration (building internal
and cross-sector partnerships). A final schedule is decided based the goals of each
session’s particular cohort.

Registration for Practice//Practice is limited to 20 spaces in order to encourage open
and meaningful dialogue among participants. Applications are open until March 1st.

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Brown Is Hiring Adjunct Visual Arts Faculty

Friday, January 20th, 2017
The Brown University Department of Visual Art is currently accepting applications for Adjunct Faculty positions for the 2017-18 academic year. Artists will be hired for one-year appointments to teach up to four courses per year in Studio Foundation, Foundation Media, 2D Foundation, 3D Foundation, and/or Photography Foundation. Appointments may be renewed annually for up to three years with the successful completion of each year. Applicants are required to have an MFA. A minimum of one year of full-time teaching experience, or equivalent beyond a Teaching Assistant, is strongly preferred. Evidence of innovation and ongoing professional achievement as an artist is required. An interest in Foundation course development is strongly desired.

Applications received by February 27, 2017 will receive full consideration. Interested applicants will submit a cover letter, cv, transcript (official or unofficial), artist statement, teaching philosophy statement, names and contact information for 3 references, examples of artwork, and a link to the artist’s website. For more information and to submit an application click on this link.
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Submit Your Panel Idea To The 27th Int’l Sculpture Conference

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
The Call for Panels for the
27th International Sculpture Conference
is Open Now!
The Call for Panels is now open for those interested in serving as panel moderators for the 27th International Sculpture Conference. Submissions must be 200 words and include a clear but brief statement of the panel objective, relating to relevant topics in in contemporary sculpture, including:
  • Art, Architecture & the Urban Fabric
  • Catalyzing Collective Action through Art
  • Material Identity
  • Advancing Diversity in the Arts
  • Creating the Artist
  • The Politics of “Sustainability” in the Arts
  • Perspectives on Art Writing
  • Digital Fabrication and the “Artist’s Touch”
  • Citizenship through Art
  • Wildcard
Students, educators, and administrators are encouraged to apply!
The deadline for submissions is March 13, 2017. Applicants will be notified in May 2017 as to the status of their submissions. For more information on deadlines, guidelines, and submission topics, please visit http://sculpture.org/kc2017/.
The International Sculpture Center will hold the 27th International Sculpture Conference in Kansas City, MO this October 25-28, 2017, with pre- and post-conference tours, activities, and hands-on workshops. This conference will feature the annual ISC littleSCULPTURE show, ARTSlams and mentor sessions, engaging panel discussions, evening parties, hands-on workshops, a keynote address, open studios and gallery hops, optional art and culture trips, public art tours and visits to nearby sculpture sites, and more.
For more information on the 27th International Sculpture Conference
For any other inquiries, contact the events department at events@sculpture.org or (609) 689-1051 x302.


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The Rhode Island State Council On The Arts Public Art Selection Process

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

By law, a RI State Council On the Arts selection panel always includes two artists, an employee of the building in which the work will be housed, an architect and a member of the community. The artists are chosen by RISCA; the agency employee and the architect are chosen by our state partner; and the community member is chosen jointly. Panelists are RI residents.

We do not consider our process a success unless our state partners & the public are happy with the outcome. Under the Open Meeting law, agendas are always posted on the Secretary of State’s website and the public is invited to attend all meetings. There is always room for public comment on the agenda.

We conduct a total of three meetings. When the panel meets for the first time, they define the criteria for the commission. Success means different things for different projects, so we try to analyze outcomes at this stage. From this information, we derive a panel-approved Request For Qualifications, (RFQ), which we then post on callforentry.org: https://www.callforentry.org/

Once the deadline has passed, panelists view and rank all the applications online. At the second meeting, applications that score above a certain threshold are discussed in more detail. We look at aesthetic achievement, level of education, and the ability to manage workload and budget. From that discussion, three finalists are selected to submit a proposal.

Finalists are encouraged to talk with members of the public about what a successful commission would look like. RISCA and the finalists conduct a site visit at this stage.

Artists are paid a stipend to propose. Panelists hear these proposals at the third and final meeting and then select a winner. RISCA signs the winning artist to a contract and manages the creation of the commission, keeping the state partner and the Council informed with periodic updates.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Keithline, Public Art Program/State Cultural Facilities Grants, email Elizabeth.Keithline@arts.ri.gov




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RI artists – Travel to Tuscany painting scholarship for adult artists

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

An offer from Donna Drago of Cozy Holiday Rentals in Jamestown, Rhode Island, to the Rhode Island visual artists

Although we are not visual artists, after twenty years of visiting, the Tuscan landscape still inspires and fills us with hope each time we look out over endless velvet hills, rippling rooftops, proud castles and silvery olive groves. Because we know the life of an artist can bring financial challenges, we would like to start an annual scholarship for talented adult visual artists who may not be able to afford the accommodations cost of a stay in Tuscany, but who would personally benefit from witnessing the pristine Val d’Orcia landscape.

Painters and illustrators who would like to spend two summer weeks at our house in the village of Castiglione d’Orcia are invited to send us a letter with three samples (jpeg) of their work for consideration of this year’s scholarship, which will be awarded on April 1, 2017. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017. Email for submissions is cozyholidayrentals@gmail.com.

The winning artist, who may bring one companion, will be asked to paint or draw the scene or the nearby landscape that most inspires them, which will remain on display at Casa Castigliana. Transportation and other travel costs will be the responsibility of the winning artist.

Visit the website www.cozyholidayrentals.com for photos and information about the house and area.

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SciArt Seeks Visual Media/Film/Sound Art For “The Void & The Cloud”

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
“The Void and the Cloud”

“Nothingness is really like the nothingness of space, which contains the whole Universe. All the sun and the stars and the mountains and rivers and the good men and the bad men and the animals and the insects, the whole bit: all are contained in the void. So out of this void comes everything, and you’re it.” – Alan Watts

Quantum mechanics is founded on a duality; two contradictory descriptions, the mechanistic nature of reality must be described in both wave and particle terms. Human existence too is founded on a duality; coming out of nothingness, it is human nature to combat this state and evolve complexity, build civilizations, and imagine our futures. Yet the nothingness is always there, our universe ever-expanding into the uncharted void. And the void is where we may return, as T.S. Eliot describes, through a bang or through a whimper.

Far before our poetic cosmic end we may find ourselves abandoning physical reality for another: the digital ether. As we lose touch and control of our changing natural environment, we are building digital stand-ins of our physical lives. Not a void of nothingness, but an endless data cloud, digital platforms and devices like social media, smart phones, GPS, and FitBit are where and how we increasingly live. Disconnected and hyperconnected at once, the balance of our physical with our digital state is at a tipping point.

Is human nature moving to a state of the non-physical? Will this non-physical state expand endlessly into the digital ether, as our physical universe expands into the void? What happens to the physical world, the physical self, in a digital-dominated era? Can we exist in a dual state of being and non-being?

- Marnie Benney, SciArt Curator

We welcome specific and open interpretations of this theme.
All visual media/film/sound art is eligible.

Deadline: February 19th, 2017
Click HERE to learn more & submit


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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017


A Clothesline to the Past: Rhode Island Takes on Brazil

March 21-April 21, 2017, RISCA Atrium Gallery

Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM

Artist: Tiago Gualberto


The dialogues between the United States and Brazil are intense. They involve a shared past and common challenges for the future. In this exhibit, Tiago Gualberto proposes a conversation with the community of Rhode Island through images about the possible connections and disconnects between the two countries.


Gualberto is an Afro-Brazilian contemporary artist who frequently explores the fraying of identitarian, temporal and authorial notions in his artistic research. In this proposal entitled “A Clothesline to the Past”, the artist invites the entire community of Rhode Island to participate in a collaborative artistic experiment.


By his initiative, the artist proposes a showing of visual arts made up of multiple images that will result from his interventions upon images sent by those who make up this larger American community. Unlike traditional curation, this proposal will not be extended only to visual artists, but seeks to include any individual who shows interest in sending their images and agrees to participate in this project.


In order to participate, each participant should send maximum three digital, high-resolution images by February 19, 2017 to the following e-mail address: diversityartexhibit@gmail.com


Since the Atrium Gallery is in a public building, all images must follow the guidelines set forth by the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts –no nudity, violence or offensive or overtly political images are allowed. Work will be accepted and exhibited by the artist Tiago Gualberto after he makes the changes and touch-ups to the images for artistic purposes. By submitting work you are agreeing to allow its use in whole or in part. The result of this shared process will be printed and placed on large clotheslines exhibited in the Rhode Island Council of the Arts (RISCA) Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill in Providence, Rhode Island.


The artist offers up the following questions as a suggestion for the themes to be sent by the participants:


What are the possible connections between Brazil and the United States? What is the Brazil that we see from the United States?



Um varal ao passado: O Rhode Island frente a frente com o Brasil

21 de março a 21 de abril de 2017, RISCA Atrium Gallery

Segunda a sexta, 8:30h às 16:30h

Artista: Tiago Gualberto


Os diálogos entre os EUA e o Brasil são intensos. Eles envolvem o compartilhamento do passado e de desafios comuns no presente. Nesta exposição, Tiago Gualberto propõe uma conversa com a comunidade de Rhode Island por meio de imagens sobre as possíveis conexões e desconexões entre os dois países.


Gualberto é um artista contemporâneo afro-brasileiro que frequentemente trabalha o esgarçamento de noções identitárias, temporais e autorais em sua pesquisa artística. Nesta proposta intitulada “A Clothesline to the Past (Um varal ao passado)”, o artista convida a toda comunidade de Rhode Island para participar de um experimento artístico colaborativo.


Em sua iniciativa, o artista propõe uma mostra de artes visuais composta de múltiplas imagens resultado de suas intervenções sobre imagens enviadas por integrantes desta comunidade americana. Ao contrário de uma curadoria tradicional, esta proposta não se estende exclusivamente a artistas visuais, mas busca incluir qualquer indivíduo que manifeste interesse em enviar suas imagens e aceite participar deste projeto.


Para participar, cada participante deverá enviar no máximo três imagens digitais em alta resolução até o 19 de fevereiro de 2017 para o seguinte endereço eletrônico: diversityartexhibit@gmail.com


Como o Atrium Gallery está num prédio público, todas as imagens tem que seguir as regras do Rhode Island Council of the Arts (RISCA) –nenhuma nudez ou violência, ou imagens de teor ofensivo ou abertamente políticas se permitem. Tais imagens serão recebidas e serão expostas após receber intervenções que o artista Tiago Gualberto pretende realizar. Ao mandar trabalhos ao e-mail está concordando com o uso de sua obra completa ou partes dela. O resultado desta ação compartilhada será impresso e disposto em grandes varais expostos no Atrium Gallery do Rhode Island State Council of the Arts (RISCA) em 1 Capitol Hill em Providence, Rhode Island.


O artista oferece como sugestão para a temática destas imagens enviadas pelos participantes, as seguintes perguntas:


Quais as possíveis conexões entre Brasil e EUA? Qual é o Brasil que vemos daqui?



Un tendedero al pasado: Rhode Island frente a frente con Brasil

21 de marzo a 21 de abril, 2017, RISCA Atrium Gallery

Lunes a viernes, 8:30AM-4:30PM

Artista: Tiago Gualberto


Los diálogos entre los Estados Unidos y Brasil son intensos. Incluyen un pasado compartido y desafíos comunes en el presente. En esta exposición, Tiago Gualberto propone una conversación con la comunidad de Rhode Island por medio de imágenes sobre las posibles conecciones y desconecciones entre los dos países.


Gualberto es un artista contemporáneo afro-brasileño que frecuentemente trabaja el deshilache de nociones de  identidad, tiempo y autoría en su investigación artística. En esta propuesta con el título “A Clothesline to the Past (Un tendedero al pasado)”, el artista invita a toda la comunidade de Rhode Island a participar en un experimento artístico colaborativo.


Por su iniciativa, el artista propone una muestra de artes visuales compuesta de múltiples imágenes como resultado de sus intervenciones sobre las imágenes enviadas por los integrantes de esta comunidade americana. Al contrario de una curación tradicional, esta propuesta no se extiende exclusivamente a artistas visuales, sino que busca incluir cualquier individuo que manifieste interés en enviar sus imágenes y acepte participar en este proyecto.


Para participar, cada participante deberá enviar al máximo tres imágenes digitales en alta resolución hasta el día 19 de febrero de 2017 a la siguiente dirección electrónica: diversityartexhibit@gmail.com


Como el Atrium Gallery está en un edificio público, todas las imágenes tienen que seguir las reglas del Rhode Island Council of the Arts (RISCA) –nada de desnudez o violencia, ni imágenes ofensivas ou abiertamente políticas se permiten. Tales imágenes serán aceptadas para ser expuestas después de recibir intervenciones que Tiago Gualberto va a realizar. Al mandar trabajos al email, está poniéndose de acuerdo con el uso de su obra completa o partes de ella. El resultado de esta acción compartida será impreso y dispuesto en grandes tendederos expuestos en el Atrium Gallery del Rhode Island Council of the Arts (RISCA) en 1 Capitol Hill en Providence, Rhode Island.


El artista ofrece las siguientes preguntas como sugerencia para la temática de las imágenes enviadas por los participantes:


¿Cuáles son las possibles conecciones entre Brasil y los Estados Unidos? ¿Cuál es el Brasil que se ve desde este país?


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Atrium Gallery show features photos of garden plants taking by local physician

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill is pleased to present “Beauty in the Garden: Medicinal, Toxic, Benign”, a show of featuring beautiful photographs of garden plants taken by Dr. Jason Hack, an emergency physician, toxocologist and Professor of Medicine at Brown University.

The show will be up through February 3rd at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, the gallery space managed by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in One Capitol Hill, the main State Administration Building located on Smith Street near the Rhode Island State House.

J. Hack is an emergency physician and medical toxicologist who enjoys taking photographs of both beautiful living and inanimate yet dynamic objects. His unstaged, close, handheld works use only natural light, allowing the viewer to see the fleeting combination of light, breeze, background, and imperfections they would have seen if they were with the artist when it was taken.

The photographs are meant to remind us that we are surrounded by magnificence, easily appreciated if we just take a moment to pay attention to the world that surrounds us and really open our eyes.

Most of the frames Dr.Hack uses were found in yard sales and second hand stores. He disassembles, repairs and refinishes each one for display—giving these beautiful frames a new chance to shine.

Dr. Hack is division director of medical toxicology, director for the educational program in medical toxicology, and a Prof. of emergency medicine at Alpert medical school Brown University. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and a medical toxicology fellowship at the New York City poison control center. His research interests include assessment of intoxicated patients and adverse events associated with medications, drugs of abuse, and in developing new antidotes.

These and other beautiful images of medicinal and toxic flowers are available for purchase from the artists and are on display at Serendipity boutique in Wickford, Rhode Island.  For more information please contact the artist at ToxinRI@Gmail.com

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Foundation Relations Officer – Roger Williams University

Friday, January 13th, 2017
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Department: Institutional Advancement
Locations: Bristol, RI
Posted: Dec 01, ’16
Type: Full-time Regular
Ref. No.: 103990
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About Roger Williams University:

Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today’s employers demand. In the three years since launching its signature Affordable Excellence initiative, the University has established itself as a leader in American higher education by confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families – increasing costs that limit access to college, rising debt and the job readiness of graduates. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates, RWU is home to a thriving School of Continuing Studies based in Providence as well as Rhode Island’s only law school.

Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.


Job Description:

An experienced development professional, the Foundation Relations Officer will manage assigned portfolios of private foundation prospects and develop strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of foundation donors.

Prospect Management
Assist the AVP of Institutional Advancement with the implementation of a comprehensive program for obtaining increasing and maintaining donations for scholarships, special campaigns and capital projects from private and corporate foundations, and other entities as directed.

Collaborate with the RWU Prospect Research Department to assist with the identification and evaluation of foundation prospects. Make recommendations of funding request levels for each prospect that meet with University strategic priorities.

Maintain, and keep current, a calendaring system and portfolio of corporate and private foundation prospects with proposal deadlines. Ensure that proposals are developed on time and in line with departmental annual and strategic goals.

Develop and execute a cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategy for each prospect that aligns with the institution’s fundraising priorities and effectively communicate these strategies with institutional colleagues.

Achieve individual fundraising targets in support of the institution’s fundraising goals. Foundation Relations Officers are expected to secure gifts on a progressively increasing scale in proportion to their salary.

Work in cooperation with Advancement Services and the Office of Prospect Research to ensure that meaningful contacts and giving data are appropriately documented in institutional records.

Maintain high levels of communication and collaboration relating to foundation giving with colleagues on campus including administrators, faculty, staff and students.

Attend certain local foundation events as assigned to maximize the foundation relations outreach. Represent the University at certain campus events involving foundations, as requested.

Work with the Office of Donor Relations to ensure proper acknowledgment of foundation gifts, publicize major gifts to the University, and compile effective stewardship communications and impact reports.

Proposal and Strategy Development
Research and prepare individual solicitations and programmatic proposals driven by institutional need and donor priorities. Ensure effective, complete and timely proposals are submitted to corporate and private foundations to meet foundation deadlines.

Work with Advancement colleagues as well as academic and administrative leadership to develop solicitation and sponsorship strategies and proposals that support specific development and fundraising initiatives.

Collaborate with the Office of Sponsored Programs to ensure coordination of activities and to leverage specific opportunities.

Administrative Functions
Maintain organized records that document all meaningful contacts with foundation prospects, using database software and weekly and monthly contact reports.

Maintain data of comparative year proposal submissions and gifts and stewardship reporting.

Actively participate in staff prospect strategy and departmental meetings.

Proactively maintain communication regarding foundation giving with Advancement staff and University colleagues.

University Relations
Articulate the overall vision and strategic direction of the University: institutional history, recent achievements and planned growth, strategic partnerships, and specific strategic priorities.

Maintain confidentiality within the supervisory structure of the Office of Institutional Advancement on all matters involving the University and its agents or employees, and must use professional judgment in disseminating information as part of the specific responsibilities of the job.



Bachelor’s Degree.

Proven track record of successful fundraising and the ability to cultivate and secure funding from private and corporate foundations.

Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures of private and corporate foundations.

Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective private and foundation donors, and interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives.

Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to write complex fundraising proposals are essential.

Ability to travel as necessary.

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications:
Minimum of five years of fundraising experience within a not-for-profit or higher education organization


Additional Information:

Roger Williams University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive excellence and encourages applications from underrepresented populations.

For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit: rwu.edu/NDT9

At the University’s discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.


Application Instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) FAQ


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Steel Yard Residencies

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Are you looking for the perfect space to expand your artistic practice and join a vibrant community of working artists and fabricators? Consider applying for the Steel Yard’s Residency or Micro-Residency Programs.
The Steel Yard hosts Residency opportunities in Ceramics, Light Metals, and Metals (Foundry, Blacksmithing, and Welding). All residencies include shared studios and tools along with personal storage space. 

“The organization’s development has been impressive, the staff is fun, talented, and innovative, and the studio is loaded with cool history and atmosphere. My former studio suffered damages last February. The Steel Yard provided a wonderful opportunity to get back to making work!” 


Steel Yard Residencies Residency
The Steel Yard’s Residency Program is designed to assist emerging to mid-level artists and makers in growing and strengthening their practice in a supportive, cooperative environment through access to the Steel Yard’s studios and facilities. Participating artists have the opportunity to work together, to take part in community events and sales and to be creative leaders in a vibrant community shop. Most of all, residents get an all access pass to our studios in pursuit of their own work.
2017 Residency Period
April 1st, 2017 – December 1st, 2017.
To Apply
First, read and review the 2017 Residency Handbook for guidelines & expectations. To apply, please submit:
  • A completed 2017 Residency Application including contact information for two references who can speak to your creative practice or artistic background.
  • A current resume
  • A narrative description of your work or process and how you’ll use your time in our studios to further your practice. Tell us why you would be a good addition to the Steel Yard Residency community. (one-page max)
  • 10 – 15 digital images of current work. Standard format JPG at 1920×1920 pixels @ 72dpi
  • Fellowship or Workshare statement, if applicable
How to Submit
Completed applications (application cover sheet, references, resume, narrative, imaged and statement) can be submitted by:
  • Submit digitally at residency@thesteelyard.org
  • Or by mail to The Steel Yard, ATTN: Residencies 27 Sims Ave, Providence RI 02909
Application Deadline
To be included in the cohort beginning April 1st, the deadline for application is 5 pm on Friday, February 24th, 2017. Applicants will be notified no later than Monday, March 6th, 2017. Mid-season applicants will be considered if space is available; with RSVP’s made within 30 days from the receipt of application.
“I definitely leaned new techniques like making spouts, trimming on chuck, applying decals, etc which helped me to create new products like pitchers and vases.  It’s always easier for me to learn through watching someone else.”
The Steel Yard’s Micro Residency is a great way for makers to get unfettered access to our studios for a finite amount of time. Micro Residencies are ideal for individuals looking to use the Yard’s facilities to complete a prototype, create a sculpture, work on a commission piece, or build their portfolio. This residency has a minimum contract period of one month, with a maximum commitment of three months.
2017 Micro-Residencies Period
Participants in the Micro Residency program can apply for up to three months of studio access. The 2017 Residency Programs run from April 1st, 2017 – December 1st, 2017.
To Apply
First, read and review the 2017 Residency Handbook for guidelines & expectations. To apply, please submit:
  • A  completed  2017 MicroResidency Application including contact information for two references who can speak to your creative practice or artistic background.
  • A current resume
  • A narrative description of your work or process and how you’ll use your time in our studios to further your practice. Tell us why you would be a good addition to the Steel Yard Residency community. (one-page max)
  • 5-10 digital images of current work. Standard format JPG at 1920×1920 pixels @ 72dpi
How to Submit
Completed applications (application cover sheet, references, resume, narrative, imaged and statement) can be submitted by:
  • Submit digitally at residency@thesteelyard.org
  • Or by mail to The Steel Yard, ATTN: Residencies, 27 Sims Ave, Providence RI 02909.
Application Deadline
To be included in the cohort beginning April 1st, the deadline for application is 5 pm on Friday, February 24th, 2017. Applicants will be notified no later than Monday, March 6th, 2017. Mid-season applicants will be considered if space is available; with RSVP’s made within 30 days from the receipt of the applications.
“I wanted studio space after I graduated from college, in a fairly low-key environment. I was also looking for a place I could be a part of a community.”
The Steel Yard’s Fellowship positions are designed to support the creative practice of emerging mid-career artists by providing full studio access in exchange for a leadership position in the Residency Program. Fellows are cultural touchstones and work closely with other residents, Steel Yard staff, and community members. 

Fellowship recipients should expect to work an average of 10 hours a week; occasionally more or less. Monthly hours not to exceed 45. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of $200, waived residency fees, unrestricted access to the studio and equipment in the department which they work, and standard personal storage.
To apply please include a statement addressing your qualifications and what you would add to the Steel yard community in a leadership position.
Work ShareWorkshare
In order to make Residency more financially accessible, the Steel Yard offers Work Share opportunities. Recipients of workshare residencies commit
10 hours of dedicated work time to the Steel Yard on a monthly basis in exchange for a 50% discount on residency dues. One workshare position is available in each of the residency departments and will be awarded based on merit and need.
To apply please include a statement addressing your financial need and how a workshare would further your artistic practice.
“I like the ceramics community at the SY, the 24/7 access, workshare opportunity, and affordability.”


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Susan Freda Studios & Arn Krebs Arts seeks Studio Manager

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Susan Freda Studios and Arn Krebs Arts are looking for a Studio manager:

To apply please email suefreda@yahooo.com with your experience and any resumes or support material that you feel is relevant.

We will teach the right candidate, however some things like having your own transportation, being able to streamline information and work in a conscientious way are needed to start. This is a long term position only, please do not apply if you are looking for short (less than 1 year) term employment. Any experience running an Etsy shop or a working studio is very useful as is social media and general comfort on a mac platform.

Studio Manager Tasks:

  • Assistance maintaining the website includes posting new listings on our site, writing brief item descriptions, posting measurements of the work, updating records of the location/status of each artwork, and generally keeping the site organized.
  • Photographing finished work (both sculptures and jewelry) and editing the photos for online and promotional uses.
  • Packing, scheduling, and shipping work to go out to customers and galleries
  • Social media upkeep includes posting and listing on Etsy, Shopify, instagram, pinterest, making facebook announcements, and assisting with monthly or bi-monthly email announcements to our mailing list.
  • Jewelry organization includes cleaning jewelry, helping organize the display of jewelry, packaging and tagging jewelry, creating invoices of wholesale orders or gallery inventories, keeping track of and updating jewelry inventory list, and shipping orders.
  • General studio maintenance includes cleaning, trash removal, watering plants, filling work orders and other papers, checking for mail.  Accompaniment to trade shows and help with sales, if applicable.

Skills we are looking for:

  • Experience with Shopify, Etsy or other e-commerce sites.
  • Organized, able to intake information and streamline it efficiently
  • Self motivated
  • Confidant in making decisions and conscientious
  • Can work alone
  • A background in or experience in sculpture, jewelry, or running an etsy shop or other online platform. Office or studio management experience.
  • An understanding of spacial relations
  • Good work ethic
  • Communicative, able to collaborate/cooperate
  • Mindful of clean presentation (digital as well)
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Has own transportation
  • Aesthetic sensibility

Benefits and Pay:
Pay is determined by experience but 11-15$ hourly. There is an option of free studio or office space with the position. Hours are flexible. Roughly 10-15 hours to start. Mellow and friendly environment. Some of the work can be done from home.

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Public Art Request For Qualifications For URI: Budget is $20,000. Deadline is 1/17/17. Open to NE & NY Artists

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017


Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Request for Qualifications


University of Rhode Island


Ranger Hall, 10 Ranger Road

Kingston, Rhode Island

Budget: $20,000

Deadline: January 17, 2017

Eligibility: This RFQ is open to all working artists from New England and New York. Students are not eligible to apply.



Artwork for the Living/Learning Room at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island’s, (URI), Kingston campus will be commissioned through Rhode Island’s Public Art Law, which mandates that 1% of all state capital construction and renovation funds be allocated to the purchase and maintenance of public art.  Through this program the State recognizes that “public art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens”.



The University of Rhode Island began in 1888 as the Rhode Island State Agricultural School. It became the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1892, and graduated the first class of 17 members two years later. In 1909, the name of the college was changed to Rhode Island State College, and the program of study was revised and expanded.  In 1951 the college became the University of Rhode Island by an act of the General Assembly.  The Board of Governors for Higher Education became the governing body of the University in 1981.


Today, the University has three satellite campuses but Kingston remains the largest and busiest. The main campus is 1,200-acres showcasing a mix of handsome ivy-covered buildings and contemporary architecture, and serving over 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  Over 60% of URI students are Rhode Islanders.  The average degree-seeking undergraduate is 22 years old, but 12% of students are 25 or older.


URI’s website defines the school as “the State’s public learner-centered research university and a community joined in a common quest for knowledge.




Conceived by Dr. Winnie Brownell in 2008, the Harrington School of Communication and Media was created through a generous gift by URI alumnus Richard J. Harrington, Chairman of Cue Ball, a venture firm, and former CEO of the Thomson Reuters corporation. The School comprises six programs, each engaging and involving communication and media. The Harrington School prepares outstanding graduates for careers, life, and citizenship in rapidly changing global professions.


Programs within the school include Communication Studies; Film/Media; Journalism; Public Relations: Writing & Rhetoric; Library and Information Studies.





  • The RI State Council On the Arts and the University of Rhode Island will commission 2D or 3D work for the outer walls to the left and right of the center column in the Living/Learning Room and/or the wall to the right as one faces the classroom screen situated at one end of the room.
  • Panelists determined to let artists dictate the aesthetic, the only mandate being that the work should in some way reference communications.
  • The budget is all-inclusive, including installation, lighting, wiring and/or screens if digital work is submitted. There are many screens in the building already, so ‘media’ artwork is not necessarily the best fit. In addition, because the room is used for classes and lectures, electronics are not necessarily practical as they would need to be turned on and off.
  • There is no limit on other types of media.
  • Panelists felt that it made the most sense to commission one artist, rather than multiple artists, so that there is a continuity of aesthetic.
  • Two more tables will be placed near where artwork will be located, but no more window treatments or other furniture are expected to be incorporated into the design of the room.
  • The RFQ will be limited to artists from New England and New York.







Please note: This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is the first step in the RISCA/URI public art selection process. It is not considered best practice for an agency to ask an artist to craft a proposal without compensation. Therefore, RISCA will conduct the URI Public Art application process online, with all materials submitted in digital format through CaFÉ (see below) and there is no charge to the artist for applying or for submitting digital images.


At this preliminary selection stage, we request submissions from artists or art teams consisting of six (6) images representing work completed within the past ten years, resumes, and very brief descriptions of potential site-specific proposals, (as in, “If commissioned, I would create a 2D painting or “a 3D wooden wall relief”, etc.”).


If an artist wants to apply as an individual as well as part of a team, two separate CaFÉ profiles and two separate CaFÉ applications must be completed (i.e., one application submission for you and one application submission for your team). Applications consisting of six images and resumes will be reviewed by the URI Public Art Selection Panel to assess the quality and appropriateness of the artist’s work, and their ability to carry out a substantial public art commission.


Three finalists will be selected from the pool of RFQ applicants and those finalists will craft detailed proposals including an itemized budget, scale models and renderings, and an in-depth project description. For this they will each be paid an honorarium of $500. This stipend includes all travel expenses: hotel, transportation, mileage, etc., for both the site visit and the subsequent presentation meeting. Finalists will not be reimbursed separately for any travel costs.


No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call. First time CaFÉ applicants must allow enough time to prepare their CaFÉ formatted digital images and electronic submission prior to the deadline.


Each application must be submitted via the CaFÉ ™ web site (www.callforentry.org) and must include:


  1. A current resume for each artist. If you are applying as a team, include all team member resumes within one document.


  1. Six digital images of relevant artwork. In the Description of Image, accompanying image annotation must list media, size, title, date of completion and a brief description of the artwork if necessary.  Please do not present more than one view of artwork per image.  If you wish to show a “detail”, include it within the six (6) artwork images.



January 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) Deadline for submissions

Late-February 2017: panel meeting for review and selection of semifinalists

Late-February 2017: Artist notification

March 2017 (TBA): Finalist site visits

April 2017 (TBA): Finalist presentations to selection panel

May 2017: Final approval by RISCA Council

Tbd with artist: Contract signed

Tbd with artist: Work installed and completed


According to law, recommendations of the selection panel will be presented to the governing council of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts who will have final approval of the public art selection.


Finalist’s site-specific proposals should convey artist’s ideas and plans through designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes the project’s intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, and an itemized budget. Artists chosen as finalists are also asked to explain how their artwork will be sourced and fabricated.  The finalists will be supplied with plans, photographs, and specific information about the Harrington School and the URI campus. A site visit as well as a meeting with the architect and the URI administration will be scheduled for the finalists.  An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to the finalists following presentation of their proposals. The proposals will remain the property of the artist. However, RISCA reserves the right to retain proposals for up to one year for display purposes and the right to reproduce final proposals for documentation and public information purposes.


The Public Art Selection Panel reserves the right to determine which proposal will be funded and the extent of funding. The panel also reserves the right not to accept any proposal submitted. If the recommendations of the Public Art Selection Panel are approved by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the selected artist/s will enter into contract with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the selected commission. The accepted artwork will be owned and maintained by the State of Rhode Island.




The panel will select the artist based on the following criteria:


  1. Artistic Quality: Quality and suitability of the final proposal in relation to the project description, program goals and site descriptions.


  1. Ability of the Artist’s Team: The artist’s ability to carry out the commission, to keep the project within budget, and to complete and install the work on schedule.


  1. Value: The quality and scope of the proposed completed work in relation to the commission and fees paid to the artist’s team.


  1. Durability of the Work: Permanence and durability of materials for this heavily used public facility. It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that all artwork meets safety standards, adheres to building codes, ADA requirements and other state regulations. Artworks must be durable and require minimal maintenance.


  1. Collaborative Spirit: Willingness of the artist to consult with the architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, general contractor, building staff (or designated representatives), and RISCA staff to assure smooth integration of the artwork into the site and to make necessary adjustments in relation to building codes and other construction issues.



This call is open to all artists living in New England or New York.  Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with others. The panel will not discriminate against any applicant artist on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or physical challenges. Excluded from participation are RISCA Council members, staff and their family members as well as Public Art Selection Panel members and their families.


If you have questions about the RFQ, email Elizabeth Keithline: Elizabeth@arts.ri.gov.    If you require technical support for CAFÉ, please email cafe@westaf.org



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