Rhode Island Cultural Anchor: Elizabeth Duffy

beth2017-elizabeth-duffy.jpgElizabeth Duffy is a multidisciplinary artist whose current work explores the subject of incarceration and its intersection with domestic life. Her work is influenced by feminist art, interior decoration and craft, and the complicated ideals of home. She is the 2019 RISCA Fellow in Three Dimensional Art, and Merit Fellow in Craft.

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


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

ED: I love how Rhode Island embraces artists who live here. I 1rhodelslandinstallationsm - elizabeth duffylove that space is affordable, so you can have a decent studio (with a window!) to make work. I came here from New York City 13 years ago, and I’ve felt the resources and engaged community here have really helped me find new directions in my work. I’m fascinated by the long history of making in Rhode Island, and the way those spaces and tools are being reused to make art. Anything feels possible in Rhode Island.

RISCA: What are you the most excited about right now in your art practice?

ED: I’ve been so inspired by the myriad historic spaces in and around Rhode Island. I love historic house museums and sites and these have motivated me to explore the role of place in my work more deeply.

Duffy_3-Unraveling-Chase-Bank-Prison-Funding-project-elizabeth-duffy.jpgRISCA: Why do you do what you do? What inspires you, drives you, to create or enable the creation of art?

ED: I’m in awe of the majestic beauty that surrounds us here in Rhode Island–its natural beauty and its architecture is inspiring. I’m also driven to make work about social justice issues & I want my work to reflect the fury in our national conversation, past and present.

Newport Music Festival seeks Director of Development

The Newport Music Festival (NMF) celebrated its highly successful 50th Anniversary in 2018. Since its launch in 1969, NMF has played a significant role in the cultural life of Rhode Island. Over the years, the Festival has produced more than 2,000 classical chamber music concerts in many of the Preservation Society of Newport County’s renowned historic mansions and in various venues throughout Newport. NMF has presented more than 1,000 artists, including 130 American debuts of artists who have gone on to make musical history.

The Director of Development & Events will play a key role in executing Newport Music Festival’s institutional strategy to increase contributed income and strengthen its philanthropic base. Reporting to and working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development & Events (DD&E) will supervise the Development Associate, support the efforts of the Stewardship Committee of the Board, and serve as liaison to an active volunteer association. The DD&E will also interact with NMF’s Development Consultant while transitioning and becoming fully established in their new role. The DD&E will participate in devising and implementing systems and strategies to build NMF’s development program, with a focus on growing the individual giving and stewardship programs.

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Introducing RISCA’s Teen Arts Assembly

RISCA is thrilled to announce the inaugural members of the Rhode Island Teen Arts Assembly. The Rhode Island Teen Arts Assembly is a group of student leaders who collaborate with the​ Rhode Island State Council on the Arts to advise the Education Department on initiatives and youth involvement, to represent Arts Education and the creative sector at events throughout the State, and to develop creative skills, leadership experience, and opportunities for their peers to engage with the arts. The Assembly members work with RISCA staff and local partners to develop projects at the intersection of arts education, advocacy and community engagement.

Lola Rael

Lola is a senior at School One.  Lola is from Cranston.  Lola identifies as a future art educator.  In just the last two years she has participated in Intergenerational Arts programs through her school, volunteered at CityArts, interned for Gallery Night Providence and been invited to sit on their board and been given charge of an audience survey for the organization. In her personal statement she wrote, “Part of Gallery Night’s mission is to make the Providence Art scene more accessible, but leaving out whole neighborhoods means we’re missing the mark. . . If I could implement one initiative in RI community, it would be art programs for older teens in South Providence.”

Mia Stevenson

Mia is from North Kingstown, attends the East Bay Met school and is part of RISD’s Project Open Door. They are a multidimensional artist aspiring to be an illustrator. Mia aims to raise awareness around the issues that LGBTQ youth face in a way that gives back to the community. They write in their statement, “As a member of POD (Project Open Door) I want to highlight their generosity and inclusivity . . .I would love to implement an initiative to get more students into free art programs . . .Making art programs for kids free makes them a million times more accessible and makes the arts seem a million times less like an ‘extra credit’ kind of thing.”

Abigail Casey

Abigail is a sophomore at Westerly high school and has been a performer with the Chorus of Westerly for 7 years. Ryan Saunders says, “she serves as connector for nearly all our teens. . . She is a center point for our expanding teen program, and she helped us nurture her fellow teens from a social and community point of view” Abigail writes, “I firmly believe everyone can learn something from each other and by collaborating together, more opportunities can arise.”

Nkeke Harris

Nkeke is a sophomore at the East Bay Met and an intern at the Tomaquag Museum. He also interns at “Rites + Reason Theatre” at Brown and was a fashion design intern at “Restored by Design”.  Nkeke wrote that if appointed to the Assembly he “would like to highlight that empowerment through art and culture brings to a community social justice and cultural reclamation.”  An American Indian from the Narragansett Tribe Nkeke would like to implement “free cultural arts classes that will give youth access to the many vibrant cultures of Rhode Island while also providing exposure to the arts.”

Flora Ackley

Flora’s interest in joining the Assembly “…is in creating a physical space where teens that are interested in are, and may not get enough of it in school, can come together.” A sophomore at School One in Providence, her advisor remarks, “Flora Ackley [is] a very strong student in the arts, academics, and community engagement.”

Jayson Rodriguez

Jayson is a sophomore at Classical High School and a member of the Studio Team Advisory Board at New Urban Arts.  Jayson is from Providence. In addition to his affiliation with NUA he is also a youth organizer for the Providence Student Union and a photographer. Jayson hopes to bring the community aspect of NUA to the RISCA Teen Arts Assembly.  He is interested in planning a student art gallery space to spotlight young local talent and give them an opportunity to sell work and begin a career as a professional artist.

2019 WCFA Artist Member Show “Current Works”

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“Abstract Swirls and Cells” by Patty Martucci

Warwick Center For the Arts is seeking artwork for our upcoming 2019 Members Show running January 16-February 21, 2019. They are looking to highlight our artist members and their unique individual styles. All mediums will be accepted as well as all themes and subject matter. They encourage you to submit artworks that best represent you! Click here for more information.

FirstWorks Seeking a Program Manager

FirstWorks seeks a Program Manager to coordinate the development and operations of the FirstWorks Season including The Artistic Icons and Frontier Series, arts learning, and PVDFest. They report to the Executive Artistic Director, who sets the curatorial direction, on the development, implementation, evaluation, and documentation of programs.

FirstWorks is a fast-paced non-profit arts organization that enhances the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community by engaging audiences with world-class performing arts and education programs. Candidates will be considered for either a full-time position with benefits or ¾ time position. Job includes some evenings and weekends. Start Date: January 2019. For more information, click here.

Warwick CFA announces new class: “Painting Abstracts” With Eveline Luppi

45186800_10161283463115722_4560831896245764096_n - Taylor TerreriFind your creativity through abstract painting. This course explores color, line, and form with acrylic paint. Students will be presented key painting 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! Students will have the opportunity to display their work at our “Studio Pop-Up” Exhibit during our 2019 “Abstracts” Spring Juried Exhibit.

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Providence Children’s Museum: Call for Creatives, Artists and Maker’s of all Kinds

Providence Children’s Museum invites proposals for the design and fabrication of an immersive installation for kids and their adults as part of the Museum’s new project: the Creativity Initiative. Creatives will work in collaboration with Museum staff to bring mind-blowing, playful, active, and kid-centered spaces to life. Each installation will celebrate creativity in its fullest form, from the everyday to the fantastic, provide a window into the creative process, and engage our visitors in the hands-on interactive exploration of creativity. Deadline for submission: 11:59 pm December 17, 2018 For more info and to apply check out the call on CaFE or contact Exhibits@ChildrenMuseum.org