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.

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!

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.

Gallery Night Providence seeks Coordinator

Gallery Night Providence, a non-profit, visual art, membership, and event-focused organization, seeks an outgoing, energetic, organized, and detail-oriented coordinator, with arts-related experience, to manage membership, monthly events, the Gallery Night website, along with all related press and communication. Gallery Night offers free, educational, fun monthly tours of visual art venues in Providence and coordinates special initiatives with a visual art focus.

Coordinator oversees the operations of the organization, logistics of large-scale, monthly events (March through November), and is responsible for planning each month’s evening tour routes, bus transportation, and guides. Strong computer and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to identify and troubleshoot potential challenges are required. Proficiency with Google Drive, social networking sites, and Squarespace (web building software). Coordinator reports to Gallery Night Providence Executive Board.

Part-time, hourly, approximately 35–40+ hours per month, approx. $20/hr, $800/month

Must be available monthly the first Tuesday evening (January through December) and third Thursday afternoon and evening (March through November, 4:30-9:30 pm).

Please send a cover letter and resume to gallerymanager@sproutcoworking.com by September 28, 2018.

Hera Gallery Director Position: Call for Applications

photo(4)Web - Hera GalleryHera Gallery, a small non-profit arts organization, is looking for a new Director. This job is a part-time administrative position. For a complete job description and more information about Hera Gallery go to www.heragallery.org/director-application. Please send a cover letter and resume to Barbara Pagh, Hera Gallery, Box 336, Wakefield, RI 02880; or email to info@heragallery.org by October 1, 2018.

Call For Submissions: Experimental Print Publication

Emily Shapiro and Lucia Carroll are working on creating a new experimental print publication grounded in a community of contributors who welcome dialogue and creative exchange. They are interested in work that explores the following question:

What does it mean to connect in this moment?

They are seeking individual or collaborative 2-d work of almost all kinds (in response to the above question) including but not limited to:

  • Visual art/mixed media (collage, illustration)
  • Writing (poetry, storytelling, scholarship, critical essay)
  • Other (horoscopes, local news, recipes, lists)

They will welcome all thoughtful creative endeavors – please feel free to think beyond the above list. It is our hope that your work will live not only alongside, but directly in dialogue with other contributors, either through creative responses to submissions, collaborative endeavors, or projects as yet unknown.

You can learn a little more about the project here, and submit your work using this online form. Please submit work by September 17, 2018.