Jamestown Arts Center Call to Artists: Cut & Paste – Collage Today

sam gilliam (1) copy - Membership JACJuried Exhibition. Stemming from Cubism, collage as an art form first appeared in Picasso’s 1912 work, “Still Life with Chair Caning”. The layering of images and incorporation of autonomous elements continued to develop through George Braque’s artwork, becoming something new again with Hannah Hoch’s photomontage works of the 1920s and 30s. Joseph Cornell’s post-war works developed the concept further by making it three-dimensional, a technique he used throughout his career and even carried into film. Beginning in the 1960s, Washington Color School artist, Sam Gilliam, assembles his collages to resemble his quilted and draped paintings, but on a smaller, more detailed scale. Artists such as Martha Rosler, continue to push the medium of collage. Her House Beautiful: Bringing Home the War, which was first created in 1967 and then again in 2008, creates photomontages that bring the horrors of war and political issues into American interior spaces, making the viewer remember the proximity of world events. Collage enables artists to expand the boundaries of materials and question cultural norms and concepts of aesthetics. Only ONE piece will be selected.

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Call for Artists! Spectrum Gallery’s 2018 Holiday Show: Myths, Fairy Tales and Fantasies

Seeking fine artists in all mediums including photography for the 2018 Annual Holiday Exhibit at Spectrum Gallery and Artisans Store in Centerbrook, CT (Nov 16-Jan 13). Featuring fine art that explores timeless myths and age-old stories that illustrate the annual life cycle as well as a culture’s inherent values as they are passed down from generation to generation.

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Engage: Rhode Island Art Education Association Conference November 3rd!

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ENGAGE! with art educators across the state and NAEA President Dr. Kim Defibaugh on topics such as Scholastic Arts, National Core Art Standards alignment, felting, ceramics, social justice, exploring queer identities, early childhood art education, mindfulness and more. Rhode Island Art Education Association presents a full day conference including an amazing keynote speaker and three sessions of workshops, find full details here.

AS220 Seeks Administrative Assistant

The AS220 Administrative Assistant​ provides administrative support for the day-to-day administration of AS220, its programs, and its entities, with an emphasis on assisting the Co-Directors (Managing and Artistic) and Operations Director. The Admin Assistant also supports the AS220 property management team with tenant management. This is a full time (40 hr/wk) position. For more information and instructions to apply, click here.

Rhode Island Cultural Anchor: Chris Dalpe

dalpe makeupChris Dalpe is the Communications and Events Manager at The Steel Yard by day (and also evenings and weekends) and super engaged in creating and supporting other creatives by night (and daytime and weekends). He’s been in Providence for five years, with no plans to ever leave.

We asked him a few questions about his life and art making in Rhode Island for our new series, Rhode Island Cultural Anchors.

RISCA: Give us a brief overview of your day yesterday- what did you do in both your personal and professional life.

CD: When it’s not event season at The Steel Yard it’s not uncommon to see me with my face buried in my phone or on my computer – the curse of the tech-obsessed disconnected millennial, you ask? I’d like to believe not. I’m usually promoting an event, designing posters/booklets/marketing materials…or posting a story about something cool that steel yard (51 of 59) - Chris Dalpehappened. Yesterday specifically? I worked with a phenomenal local illustrator, Pitch Canker, finalizing the design for our Halloween Iron Pour Posters. After work, I scooted over to Cranston to Volunteer at AIDS Care Ocean State’s first Drag Queen Bingo of the season.

RISCA: What do you love about the art community/scene in Rhode Island?

CD: Our ability to collaborate and the enthusiasm I often find in helping one another realize our visions – it’s a little city that packs a big punch.

RISCA: Why do you make Rhode Island your home, and how did you end up here?

CD: Wowza, it’s been 5 years! I finished up school in Portland, ME, got my degree in Digital Art while I was working pretty hardcore for a bunch of local non-profits. My partner at the time shipped off to Michigan to become a master jeweler and change the face of contemporary jewelry as we know it, and I decided to move down to PVD and hang with my sister.  She’s a fantastic local RI horror author who just published her first novel, ‘Parasite Life’ by Victoria Dalpe- check it out!. So here I was… I fell in love with the quirkiness, the roughness of this city… it was a weird place. In just a few years both my brother and other sister moved into town and we considered it a full Dalpe-Family take over of the city and we ain’t goin’ nowhere.

RISCA: What are you the most excited about right now in your art practice and your work as an arts and culture administrator?

calpe-2.jpgCD: AT THIS VERY MOMENT, the next big thing is The Steel Yard’s 13th Annual Halloween Iron Pour and it’s going to be spectacular. Over the past couple months I’ve watched nearly 30 volunteers fabricate larger than life dinosaur sculptures and seen our Studio Managers Ben & Michelle work with a phenomenal group of foundry artists. ALL OF THIS work leads to one spectacular, hot, and inspiring night that we play with fire (safely).

As far as Death Drop Gorgeous goes, this weekend we will be paying homage to David Lynch/ Twink Peaks by recreating the iconic discovery of Laura Palmer’s body on the shore…. but, ya know, with a DDG twist.

RISCA: What is one thing you think the art community in Rhode Island needs?

CD: Money. Lol…. duh. (Even though some of the best, most inspiring and beautiful work comes from working with whatever the hell you’ve got money or not). But really, we need space and freedom to be weird and experimental. The moment we limit ourselves and attempt to make our work align with particular expectations before it’s even had a chance to breathe I think cut ourselves short. I repeat, get weird with stuff.

Society of Arts and Crafts seeks Executive Director

Incorporated in 1897, the Society of Arts and Crafts (SA+C) has been at the forefront of the American craft movement, fostering the development, sales, recognition, and education of crafts for over 100 years. SA+C’s dual mission is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance the public appreciation of fine craft.

The next Executive Director will be a resilient leader and visionary who is motivated by a demanding environment and embraces the values of teamwork and collaboration. A proven track record of success in working with boards, staff, communities, and major donors to achieve goals is a must. The Executive Director will be a forward-looking and entrepreneurial self-starter with keen business acumen and strong people management skills to deliver results.

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Friends of East Greenwich Free Library Announce Call to Artists

Friends of East Greenwich Free Library announce a call to artists for their 8th annual juried exhibit, Winter’s Eve. Two dimensional artwork only, no theme required. Exhibit opens on December 6th at the Howard Silverman Gallery in the Easst Greenwich Library,  Marjorie Hellman and Marsha Kartzman are the jurors. Deadline for submissions is November 10th by midnight. For more information, click here. friendseglibrary@gmail.com