New Exhibition, Block Island Airport Gallery

Kate Wilson at Block IslandThe Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is pleased to present works by artist Kate Wilson on exhibit through September 18, 2018 at the Block Island Airport Gallery. The Block Island Airport Gallery presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists in quarterly exhibitions.

Kate Wilson is a fine artist who blends photography and graphic design to transform reality by elevating ordinary objects into fine art on a grand scale. Each artwork has a love note or positive word, hidden within to ignite wonder & curiosity.

Graduating from Skidmore with a BS in Education & Liberal Studies, studio art concentration, Wilson has taught both elementary school and studio art. She furthered her studies in the RISD CE graphic design program, and taught herself the art and craft of photography.  She has run her own graphic design and photography business before devoting herself full-time to fine art. Exhibiting widely throughout the New England region, Kate is represented by Candita Clayton Gallery in Pawtucket and Atelier Newport.

Exhibitors for the Block Island Airport Gallery were selected by juror Lisa Robb, Block Island’s public schools arts educator.

The Block Island Airport Gallery, a partnership between the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island.  The gallery will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

About RISCA: The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

About RIAC:

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F. Green Airport, the Block Island Airport and four other general aviation airports in Rhode Island. A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number ofpublic art commissions.

 

“The Future History Of Public Art” Symposium Proceedings Now Available Online

The Future History of Public Art
WESTAF’s 17th Cultural Policy Symposium
Proceedings Now Available!
We are pleased to announce that the proceedings from WESTAF’s 17th cultural policy symposium,The Future History of Public Art, are now available online. This gathering of public art practitioners and allied professionals convened November 5-7 in Honolulu, Hawai’i and was organized by WESTAF in collaboration with Forecast Public Art [r20.rs6.net] and the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts [r20.rs6.net].
The symposium provided a significant platform for high-level discourse to explore existing challenges alongside emerging strategies for the successful growth of the field. Symposium attendees traveled from six countries to take part in the convening: New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States.
This convening was organized as a way to reflect on the challenges public art practitioners face and propose ways in which the field can develop to provide a stronger infrastructure in support of the advancement of the field as a whole. To view the proceedings online or to request a print version, please click on the links below.

Request a print copy.

(If you have already requested a print copy, it will be delivered in August 2018 to the address provided).

PVD Public Art: Peruko Ccopacatty

On February 5, 2018, The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism joined Mayor Jorge Elorza, The Avenue Concept, and RIPTA officials to celebrate a series of new temporary public sculptures installed on Kennedy Plaza by Peruko Ccopacatty. The four metal sculptures, on view through June 2018, are the first significant original public art works to be installed in the Plaza since the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in 1871 (the adjacent “Hiker” was a replica). A full series of figures created by Ccopacatty had originally been created 20 years ago for the plaza, but were never installed. The new installation features a 14’ angel fashioned from reused car bumpers, a 7’ man built from reclaimed stainless steel, and two 6’ llamas sculpted from scrap metal.

With a career stretching back more than 50 years, Peruko Ccopacatty is an internationally-renowned artist who received the United Nations Society of Writers and Artists Award of Excellence in 2003 for a life’s work of social relevance. His studio is located in West Kingston, RI and he has exhibited throughout the world. According to The Avenue Concept: “This is a project we’ve been looking forward to for a long time – though not as long as Ccopacatty, who first received approval to install his sculptures in Kennedy Plaza in 1995. Of course, that project never came to be, and that missed opportunity was one of the reasons why we became so invested in helping him achieve it. This project represents both the culmination of a major investment we’ve made in Kennedy Plaza as a showcase for public art and the first look at a longer-term vision we have for a robust public art program in Providence.”

Originally from an Andean village on the banks of Lake Titicaca, Ccopacatty is revered back home as an international ambassador for Aymara culture and created a nonprofit library/cultural center to document and preserve its art and traditions.

 

What Song Do You Think Of When You See…?

Resonance is a color + music public art project conceived of by artist Lynne Harlow. It explores the intersection of color and sound with an emphasis on our personal, deeply subjective associations with songs and colors. Text 508-216-0366 with the song you think when you see the color in the event poster, and don’t miss a gallery dance party on February 22, featuring a playlist of YOUR song choices!harlow_dance-party.jpg

In case you missed the dedication of GeNeSiS, the new public art at the URI Chemistry Building…

 

Here are some photos of the dedication ceremony held May 1, 2017 (photos by Lew Place).

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And a reminder.  You can see live video streams of the work (from inside and outside) AND submit poetry online as part of the artwork: https://genesis.chm.uri.edu/. Redl requests that you create poems exclusively using the symbols of the periodic table. If selected, your poem will stream across the installation at URI and online via webcams.