The Atrium Gallery was developed by RISCA to exhibit the work of Rhode Island artists in the State Capitol Complex. It hosts exhibits on a rotating basis, in partnership with community artists and art organizations from across the state. The Atrium also showcases artwork from a variety of diverse groups from Africa, Asia, Latin America, & the Native American community among others.
A ‘gala’ reception night is held each month to recognize the artists whose works are on display for that month. These exhibits and receptions have become an important and anticipated event for everyone, as they provide a wonderful venue for a greater appreciation of the artistic talent from various communities
Since 2009, RISCA has added several new exhibits to the existing Latin American and Black Art shows, including the First Annual State Asian Art Exhibit, the First Annual State Diversity Art Exhibit, The First Annual Inter-Tribal Native American Art Exhibit and the First Annual State Youth Art Exhibit, which featured the work of students from New Urban Arts, RISD Project Open Door & As220 Youth Studio. .
Besides the new diversity exhibits, several other programs were created such as
The New Visions/New Curator Series, The International Joomchi and Beyond Art exhibit, The International Artist and Cultural Exchange Program and the Atrium Gallery Traveling Exhibits.
We have formed fruitful and productive partnerships during these years with the Rhode Island Department of Administration, Human Resources Outreach & Diversity (HROD) , The Governor’s Office, As220, RISD Project Open Door, VSA The Laotian Community Center, The Tomaquag Museum, Courthouse Center for the Arts, & the Warwick Art Museum,& the Attleboro Art Museum in bringing the Atrium Gallery traveling exhibits to other cities in Rhode Island and New England. We want to continue to develop partnerships with local, regional & national organizations and connect to new audiences throughout the State and the Region.
Elena Calderon Patino
Director, Community Arts Program
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)
In 2002, the Rhode Island Department of Administration, Human Resources Outreach & Diversity (HROD) Office partnered with the Rhode Island State Council On the Arts (RISCA) to bring recognition to the artistic talents of artists of color from around the state by showcasing their work in the Atrium Gallery at Capitol Hill. As a result of this collaboration, and through the support of the Office of the Governor, the first art exhibit was held during the month of October of that year featuring artists from the Latin American community, coordinated by Victor Mendoza, State Recruitment Officer.
The following year, in 2003, the HROD Office partnered with the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society (RIBHS) to host the first State Black Art Exhibit in the Atrium Gallery. This partnership with RIBHS continued for several years, during which we attracted and showcased the works of talented artists from the black community.
Over the years, we have enjoyed exhibiting wonderful works of art by many gifted artists from the communities of color, and now since 2009 through the contributions of Community Arts Program at RISCA, we are witnessing an expansion of what we began so many years ago. RISCA’s Community Arts Program has taken our vision to an entirely different level, broadening outreach to include additional groups and art mediums. We are grateful for the partnership we have with RISCA, the Office of the Governor, several community based organizations, and the many artists who have allowed us to exhibit their incredible work. Our hope is to continue to celebrate the talents and gifts of artists from communities of color for many years to come.
Cheryl A. Burrell
Rhode Island Department of Administration
Human Resources Outreach & Diversity Office
For more information on The Annual State Black Art Exhibit please contact, Cheryl Burrell at (401) 222 4367 or Cheryl.Burrell@hr.ri.gov
For further information contact:
Elena Calderon Patino
Community Arts Program Director
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02908
Telephone: (401) 222- 6996
Fax: (401) 222-3018