Art League Rhode Island Call for Photography

Call for Entry – Through The Lens – An Open Juried International Photography Exhibition
ALRI/The VETS Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

Through The Lens is your opportunity to exhibit the best of your photographic creations—the ones that make you or others say, “Wow!”  Let loose your vision and creativity for a fun show that allows for diverse art, but does not require it.  Your art may range from a well-composed still life black and white print to a colorful action-oriented triptych on metal to an innovative 3D arrangement of images, light, and other materials. Share the photographic work that you take pride in creating with an international community through both a gallery and web-based juried exhibit.

Photography from any genre, medium, substrate, process or perspective— contemporary, historical, experimental, or futuristic—is eligible. The art may be 2D or 3D.  All art must have photography as its dominate element as determined solely by ALRI.

Artwork previously exhibited with ALRI is not permitted. All work must be original. Work found to be copied from copyrighted work will not be hung.  Reprints are not permitted. All work must be exhibition ready to install with the appropriate hardware. No saw-tooth hangers or clips. No dark colored mats. Work that does not adhere to the guidelines, or is deemed not to be a faithful representation of the image submitted, will not be exhibited.  Artwork must be appropriate for viewers of all ages. Deadline is November 1st. For more information, click here.

Call for Rhode Island Nature Videos

We are gathering RI Nature videos, RI Nature Video makers, and everyone who appreciates them for a fun, entertaining, and informative winter’s afternoon showing and discussion/reception. This is a call for submissions to the Rhode Island Nature Video Festival being organized by the Environment Council of Rhode Island, Save The Bay, Friends of the Moshassuck,  The Rhode Island Natural History Survey and YOU.

Submission deadline is December 10 2017 for an event that will be held on February 10, 2018. Links for videos being submitted should be sent to If you want to sponsor, or volunteer, or have any questions email ECRI or if you prefer you may call the Environment Council office at 401-621-8048. Continue reading

Brattleboro Museum Seeks Art on Paper

OPEN CALL NXNE 2018 is a juried exhibit organized by BMAC showcasing established, mid-career, and emerging artists producing works on paper.
OPEN CALL NXNE 2018 is open to artists who live in New England or New York.
Eligible media include drawing, painting on paper, collage/assemblage, cut paper, hand-pulled prints, and digital prints (not including digital photography).
Submissions must not exceed 108 inches in height.
To apply for inclusion in OPEN CALL NXNE 2018, submit an application form, images, and a non-refundable application fee of $30 by Monday, November 13 at 11:59 p.m. (A discounted fee of $20 is available to BMAC members.)
Applications must be submitted online. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

For more information, click here.

Machines with Magnets Call for Artists and Guest Curators

Machines with Magnets is seeking artists and guest curators to coordinate gallery exhibitions beginning in January 2018.  Curators will coordinate 4 to 6 week-long solo or group exhibitions, focused on (but not limited to) the following disciplines:
– Fine art (e.g. sculpture, painting, printmaking, illustration, and drawing)
– Craft (e.g. textiles, glass, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, and furniture)
– Design (e.g. graphic, industrial, product, typographic, and environmental)
– Architecture and landscape architecture (e.g. blueprints, models, and concepts)
– Installation, multimedia and performance
– Solo or collective artist residencies (in which installations evolve over time and the gallery is used as a ‘work’ space)

Exhibitions should focus on contemporary/postmodern works by emerging and/or established artists.  Installation, large format, site specific, multimedia, and interactive works are encouraged! Continue reading

Trinity Rep Seeks Digital Marketing Coordinator

Trinity Repertory Company, the Tony Award-winning State Theater of Rhode Island, seeks a Digital Marketing Coordinator to work with, and under the direction of, the Director of Marketing & PR to market Trinity Rep, its productions, and its educational programs through social media, email, website, digital advertising, and other marketing tools. Minimum requirements include 1-3 years of marketing experience – digital and/or social preferred – as well as strong communication, computer, and organizational skills. For more information, click here.

Meet Cathren Housley and Nancy Brown-Garcia

Twice a year RISCA awards grants in a number of categories. Over the next few months, we will be profiling the amazing artists and organizations that received grants at our April 1, 2017 deadline, two at a time.

RISCA_Cathren2Project Grants for Individuals
Artist: Cathren Lee Housley
Project: Multidisciplinary artist and writer Cathren Housley has created the Maker’s Box Workshop series, designed to kick start young imaginations with a variety of art mediums. Each week a different mystery box is provided with raw materials where kids can explore drawing, sculpting, writing and more! While the fun doesn’t stop there, they will develop solid problem solving skills as they take their ideas from thought to form.
For each session, Housley will bring a mystery Maker’s Box, along with a variety of adhesives and tools that kids may need to complete their project. We will have a different theme to start from every week. How they decide to express their ideas is up to them.
In addition to license to create at will, kids will also get instruction on how to use age appropriate tools and materials. At the beginning of each session, students will each be asked to decide what they make, and then follow through. Their ideas can change as they work- but they must complete them. At the end of each workshop, we will talk about the projects. Did the end result differ from what they intended? Why? What were some of the difficulties they encountered and how did they solve the problems? Would they do things differently next time?

1jpg.jpgFolk Arts Apprenticeship
Project: Traditional Native American Regalia
Master: Nancy Brown-Garcia
Apprentice: Misheshau Garcia-Perry
Artist Bio: Nancy Brown-Garcia is a Mishawomett/Meshanticut Narragansett of the Pawtuxet Falls Band in Warwick, Rhode Island. Nancy learned 1897traditional arts at an early age and continued her interests in leather, feathers, beads, wampum, weaving, and print making. Nancy can bead with the smallest beads in the world. Her work has been exhibited in Europe. Nancy has shared her skills with schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe. Nancy enjoys beading when she is not protecting ancient ancestral graves as the Narragansett Indian Tribe’s, Chief Deputy Historic Preservation Officer.

After You Hit Submit

Here’s what happens in that murky time after you hit the submit button on your RISCA grant application and before you get a letter in the mail with the results (and why it takes so long).

Each program’s process is a little different, so this is what happens in the Fellowship and Project Grants for Individuals programs.

Step One: Screening for Eligibility

Staff start by reading every single application- for the April 1st deadline, about 215 applications were submitted for the fellowship and PGI programs alone, this week I am working my way through 187. At this point, I just check that each application meets our eligibility requirements and is complete, and I take some notes about content, genres represented, and style for step two.

Step Two: Central Casting

For the April deadline, I gathered nine grant review panels with 31 total panelists from six states. We recruit panelists that are working in a wide variety of art forms and styles. Our panelists are artists, arts administrators, and people working in arts-adjacent fields or serving artists. With the exception of the Fellowship program, they are Rhode Islanders. This is similar to casting a play- we need specific skills, experience, and knowledge and each person fits together like a puzzle piece. We gather totally new panels for each deadline, you can only serve on a RISCA panel once every three years, so we are constantly updating spreadsheets and making notes about people we think would be great panelists.

Step Three: Panelists Evaluate Applications

Panelists for all of the grant programs, except a few of the fellowship categories, then review the applications at home, and give them a preliminary score. So, your applications and supporting materials are first viewed by panelists at home, on their personal computers. We estimate that panelists spend about 30 minutes reviewing each application, so, depending on the number of applications, this is a 12-18 hour time commitment before the in person panel review day. We try to give panelists at least a month to do this work. At this point, in addition to submitting a numerical score via our online grant system, they also take notes and make comments about each application in preparation for the panel review day.

Step Four: Panel Review Day

The panelists come to RISCA offices in Providence for an all day panel review meeting. This is the big day for your application. Facilitated by the program director, the panelists discuss each application in detail, returning to supporting materials, asking questions of each other, and looking at each project’s budget. Each panelists updates their score for each application, and once we have discussed each application, the program director ranks the applications by their total score. The panelists then make funding recommendations for each application, based on the total amount of money available to award.

Step Five: Distilling Feedback

During the review day, both the program directors and other staff take notes on the feedback from the panelists. Then, the program director distills this feedback into a concise paragraph for the applicant. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback or critique in our fellowship programs, partly because of the number of applications.

Step Six: Council Approval

Our council, which is the governor appointed group that oversees RISCA’s activity, reviews the panel recommendations and comments, and then approves the grants. We do our best to give them at minimum a week, usually two, to review the comments before the council meeting.

Step Seven: Notification

Once the grants have been approved, we send out notifications via mail to each applicant. With the exception of the fellowships, each applicant receives feedback on their application regardless of whether they were funded. From submission to notification typically takes about 2 and a half to three months, and a lot of spreadsheets.