Mixmaster @ The MATT call for artwork

MIXMASTER @ the MATT is an exhibition that seeks to discover and recognize the talents of artists working in New England and the Tri-State region. Initiated to support and recognize contemporary art, MIXMASTER provides an opportunity for established and emerging artists to debut their most recent work. The Mattatuck looks forward to highlighting the work of its artist members. Works will be judged by Ashley Dillman, Sales Director at Freight + Volume. Submission deadline is December 14th, the exhibition will be January 20-28th. Learn more here.

Rhode Island Department of Education launches Design Competition for High School Students

We invite students across Rhode Island to design the emblems for the newly adopted Council Designations, which are a brand new feature to the Rhode Island Diploma System! These are a mechanism for students to personalize their diploma credentials, externally validate achievement, and allow for public recognition of specific skills. Individually, or through classes and clubs, Rhode Island students of all ages are welcome to submit their designs for each of the Council Designations within the contest guidelines described here. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2018.

Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship

The Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) program was launched in 2007 to provide outstanding visual artists from across the world a unique opportunity to work with Smithsonian museums, research sites, collections, and scholars, so they may conduct research that inspires new artwork. SARF Fellows spend one to two months in residence at the Smithsonian immersed in its unparalleled collections and multidisciplinary scholarly expertise, building connections between art, science, history and culture. The program embodies the depth and breadth of the Smithsonian. Fellows have studied not only what is on view in the Smithsonian’s nineteen museums and National Zoo, but also the vast collections in non-public areas, libraries, archives, gardens, laboratories, storage facilities and field sites in the U.S. and abroad.

This unique residency offers creative collaboration in a dynamic environment. It brings together Smithsonian scholars and distinguished visual artists from a variety of disciplines throughout the United States and abroad to explore cross-disciplinary connections. It allows the Smithsonian a unique opportunity to see the collections and resources in different ways. It inspires new directions and creative expression for both artists and Smithsonian staff. It strengthens the arts community within the Smithsonian and broadens public interest in and understanding of contemporary art. SARF fellowships are explicitly for artist research and do not require recipients to create or exhibit artwork.

For more information, click here.

The Chorus Of Westerly Is Hiring

The Chorus of Westerly is seeking to fill three positions: a full time Deputy Executive Director, a part time Development Assistant, and a part time Marketing & Social Media Coordinator.

The Deputy Executive Director, a new position, will support the Chorus’s executive director in the day-to-day administrative management of the Chorus of Westerly. The deputy director’s duties will include project work and leadership in all major divisions of the Chorus administration. This includes, but is not limited to, event operations, organizational communications, and personnel management. The deputy director will also heavily focus on sustaining and expanding the Chorus’s fundraising efforts, taking a lead management role in key development programs and activities. In addition, the deputy director will work side-by-side with the executive director to design and develop the organization’s overall advancement strategies. The deputy director will supervise and manage two part-time positions to support his or her work, a marketing and social media coordinator and a development assistant.

The Development Assistant will support the Chorus’s development efforts by assisting the deputy executive director and executive director on all fundraising, development, and advancement projects, programs, and events. The coordinator will be primarily responsible for managing the Chorus’s donor database and tracking systems, for gift processing and donor acknowledgements for donations to all of the Chorus’s fundraising campaigns and event programs, and for supporting the deputy director in prospect research for corporate support, foundation grants, capital supporters, and new individual chorus donors. In addition, the development coordinator will serve as a secondary lead, with the deputy director, on most major Chorus fundraising events and the annual gala, as well as assist with other Chorus special projects as needed.  The position is a part-time, hourly position, averaging 8 to 10 hours a week. There will be some weeks, usually around Chorus of Westerly major fundraisers, where additional hours may be offered and/or required. The pay rate for the position is $20 p/h, flat rate. The position is not benefits eligible.

The Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, a new position, will support the Chorus’s marketing, public relations, and communication efforts by assisting the deputy executive director and executive director on all marketing, communications, and social media projects for the organization. The coordinator will ensure basic tasks, releases, updates, and posts happen on schedule and frequently, both in coordination with carefully planned marketing schedules/content calendars and for last minute marketing or communication needs. The position is a part-time, hourly position, averaging 8 to 10 hours a week. There will be some weeks, usually around Chorus of Westerly concerts, where additional hours may be offered and/or required. The pay rate for the position is $20 p/h, flat rate. The position is not benefits eligible.

Since 1959, the Chorus of Westerly (a not-for-profit performing arts organization) has offered New England music and arts programming of the very highest level of quality and excellence. In its 54 years, the Chorus has presented more than 550 performances to over 1.6 million people. It is presently the only independent choral organization in the United States that combines adults and children in all performances throughout the entire concert season. What this means is that child members sing every concert of the season regardless to the programmed work’s length, size, or difficulty. Children are not called in just for certain concerts. They are members of equal rank with the adults and are held to the very same high standards.

Rhode Island Cultural Anchor: Eric Bennett

Eric-Bennet-1 - Eric BennettEric Bennett is a Providence based writer and Associate Professor of English at Providence College. He is this year’s fiction fellowship recipient, for his novel Make Yourself Decent.

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.

EB: After dinner I polished a 250-word endorsement of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man for the student newspaper at Providence College; googled clips of the Chinese internet celebrity HoneyCC; read about Meitu apps that transform Shanghai selfies into universal fantasies of perfection and drive the booming business in plastic surgery in Chengdu; kept trying to record a MIDI part for “Broke My Heart on You” for the forthcoming Hopper album, Hopperesque; and typed up some notes on William F. Buckley’s God and Man at Yale.

RISCA: What Rhode Island artist or arts organization most inspires you?

EB: The painter Todd Ingham, now in exile in Oregon City, was an undervalued civic marvel throughout the years he roved the streets sorting plastic, gluing memory boards, painting the beauty in defunct bridges and saggy wires, and postulating how the divine delight of numbers, coursing invisibly all around us, structured reality, including the street plan of Elmwood.

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

EB: On Monday and Thursday nights you can walk from your apartment in the West End big enough lieto band practice at the Wurks. On Tuesday night you can walk an even shorter distance to your writing group, comprised of brilliant, serious writers, meeting just off Dexter Field. On Wednesday night you can drive down to Cranston and drink a beer with Andy Davis at subModern Studios as he runs punk vocals through a wurlitzer and humors your affection for Bob Seger’s “Fire Lake.” On Friday, at Ada Books (also a short walk) you can browse comics drawn by locals, then head over to an opening at RISD or a play at The Players on Benefit Street. On Saturday afternoon you can chat with Mike Samos at Empire Guitar about what the band Geraldine’s up to. Do I sound like a promotional magazine? Who cares? This place is the best!

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

EB: Authentic German rouladen.

You can read more about Eric at ericbennett.org, and catch him at Writers Night during the Fellowship Exhibition at the Warwick Center for the Arts in March 2019!

Call for Artists, GREEN SPACE Gallery at TF Green Airport

Green Space

Departure by Mike Hansel, paintings by Jacqueline Ott in the background

RISCA is accepting art submissions for the 2019 exhibition season of the GREEN SPACE Gallery, located at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick.  The gallery program is a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island.  The spaces will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

Works in all media will be considered.  Note that GREEN SPACE includes several large walls and open spaces that are particularly suitable for large-scale works.

Eligibility:  All participating artists must be RI residents.  No students please.

Entry Deadline:  October 1, 2018

Selection:  Artists will be selected for the 2019 exhibitions by a review panel that will include practicing artists, arts professionals and community members. Artists included in the 2019 exhibitions will receive a $300 stipend for participating in the program.

Apply: Please submit your application through Google Forms [goo.gl]https://goo.gl/forms/8Iypg0mlF72sJnYl1[goo.gl] or visit the RISCA Blog for application information (https://risca.blog [risca.blog])

Artists are encouraged to apply to the gallery, even if they have applied in previous years and not been selected. Artists who have exhibited previously are ineligible for new consideration for a period of two years.

Note that GREEN SPACE selects nine artists to exhibit in three group shows per year.

If selected, artists agree to suitably frame, wire or otherwise prepare their artwork for display at their own expense. Artwork is hung at gallery coordinator’s discretion, and gallery coordinator reserves the right of final selection of artwork and approval of installation. Artwork is not insured by the galleries during exhibition; artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance. Artwork may be listed for sale if desired, and any sales are direct to the artist without commission.

To learn more about this opportunity and view photos of the exhibition space, please visit: https://risca.online/explore/airport-galleries/ [risca.online] or the RISCA Flickr site https://www.flickr.com/photos/risca-photos/albums [flickr.com].

Please address any questions regarding this call to Molly Dickinson, Coordinator, at AirportArtsRI@gmail.com or 401-845-0890.

Calling all youth filmmakers: We want your movies!

YFS-PCFF-Fest2018 - PC FFRIAre you a filmmaker between the ages of 6-17? Providence Children’s Film Festival loves supporting a new generation of storytellers! Please consider submitting your film to the PCFF Youth Filmmaker Showcase, which takes place during our February Festival. Deadline November 15, 2018. Created in 2014, the Youth Filmmaker Showcase (YFS) celebrates the artistic talents of youth from here in Rhode Island and around the world. This juried collection of local, national and international films by young filmmakers presents creative and inspiring tales from a new generation of storytellers. The Showcase includes opportunities for the artists to meet other filmmakers during the Festival and to share their vision and discuss their inspiration and production challenges. Young filmmakers (ages 6-17) may apply as an individual or as a team. (e.g. schools, youth organizations, film clubs, etc.).

For more information, click here.