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March is Youth Art Month and in celebration, The Wickford Art Association (WAA) will present its annual Scholarship Fund awards to three Rhode Island public high school senior art students with a fourth award presented by the Rhode Island Art Educators Association in March.
Each Rhode Island public high school chooses one college-bound senior art student for consideration. The four winning students will receive cash scholarships in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000, $500 and with a fourth award from Rhode Island Art Education Association of $500 to use towards college. Winners also receive a one-year membership to WAA, a fine art exhibit in our gallery and exhibit space at the 57th Wickford Art Festival, ranked the #7 fine art festival in the country. This is an excellent, resume-building opportunity for college bound students. Interested students should speak with their art teachers about submitting their portfolio for consideration.
The 2019 WAA Scholarship Program application may be downloaded at http://wickfordart.org/scholarship-program-exhibit-and-awards-ceremony/ [wickfordart.org]
Application submission period ends February 21, 2019.
Looking for the perfect summer teaching position? For 30 years, SMARTS Summer Institute has been providing kids and teens with an exciting and explorative arts experience. We are looking for a dynamic Visual Arts Teacher, STEAM teacher, and Drama/Musical theatre teacher for grades K-1, 2-4, 5-8, and 9-12. The ideal candidates will be passionate about working with children and the arts. For more information, click here.
Bob Dilworth is a mixed-media artist living in Providence and Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston. In addition to teaching painting, drawing, design, and African American Art History, he is also Director of Africana Studies. His current works on canvas, paper and textiles tackle issues of race, culture, ethnicity, family, heritage, and ancestry through metaphor and allegory as observed and portrayed through household prints and patterns. They employ an aesthetic gesture toward moments in history that run parallel to current times, often intersecting and exploring hidden and deeper meanings of his experience as an African American.
We asked him a few questions about his life and art-making in Rhode Island for our 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.
BD: Home neglect is the biggest issue these days. Because the entire house is now a working studio I’ve given up on keeping it clean. Maintenance centers on moving art material from one room to another. My vacuum cleaner has dust allergies, my broom has cobwebs and my dustpan eloped with a strange utensil that I’d been keeping under the kitchen sink.
RISCA: Why do you make Rhode Island your home, and how did you end up here?
BD: RI is the most go-to place on the east coast. Except for when you want a real NY hotdog.
RISCA: What is one thing, personal or professional, that you want to accomplish in the next year?
BD: A small voice in my head says, “Acquire lots of money, a big house by the Atlantic ocean, and plenty of rich friends who are not familiar with the word NO.” But a louder voice screams, “Don’t say that!!!”
RISCA: Why do you do what you do? What inspires you, drives you, to create or enable the creation of art?
BD: I do what I do because insanity, that often presents itself as an avant-garde Gertrude Stein wearing pink trousers and yellow ballet shoes, is the only alternative. Staying sane inspires me. I’m driven by having an anxiety-free life. I create because life is short and I still have so many more trousers and ballet shoes to make.
RISCA: What Rhode Island artists and/or arts organizations most inspire you and why?
BD: I’m inspired by anyone who likes sugar, shoes, soap, beer, fried foods and broccoli. I’m inspired by organizations that promote good posture and defend the rights of guinea pigs.
Find your creativity through abstract painting with this course that explores color, line, and form using acrylic paint. Students will be presented key concepts and techniques in short demos and handouts. One-on-one instruction will focus on individual interests and direction in creating a painting. Various abstract painting styles will be discussed and critiques will be offered! Taught by Eveline Luppi, this class meets on Mondays from 1-4pm, March 4th through April 8th. For more information on this and other classes offered at the Warwick Center for the Arts, click here.
The Art Department invites applications for part time faculty to teach introductory survey and upper-level courses for the 2018-2019 academic year. Individuals may teach introductory survey courses Pre-History to Renaissance and/or Renaissance to Modern art history; and/or upper-level courses in nineteenth-century European art, American art and architecture, 20th-century European and American art, or other area of expertise related to these courses. For more information and to apply, click here.
Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) is accepting submissions for the 2019 PAN Year in Review application. Public art projects that were completed and open to the public from January 1st to December 31st, 2018 are eligible for submission. The PAN Year in Review annually recognizes outstanding public art projects that represent the most compelling work for the year from across the country and beyond. Three public art professionals serve as jurors to review hundreds of project applications and select up to 50 projects to include. The PAN Year in Review is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects and is an excellent advocacy and educational tool for those who are impacting their community through public art.
Past projects have ranged from temporary projects, site specific permanent pieces, artists in residencies, social practice work and more. To access past projects, visit the PAN Year in Review Online Database that holds the over 800 past projects that have been selected by previous jurors.
Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, February 27th. More information on the PAN Year in Review and the link to the application can be found here: https://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/americans-for-the-arts-news/2019-pan-year-in-review-application-is-now-open