FirstWorks is hiring a Business Manager

FirstWorks has grown steadily since its founding in 2004. Now approaching its 15th season, FirstWorks seeks a Business Manager to develop efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity of the organization and support its three-year strategic plan. While managing operations is core to the role, equally important is supporting the creative spark that has built FirstWorks as a premiere multi-disciplinary performing arts curator in Rhode Island.

We are looking for a mission-driven, strategic, detail-oriented individual with superior project management and analytical skills to serve as FirstWorks Business Manager. The scope of responsibility includes administration, operational planning, technology management, and marketing.

Reporting to the Executive Artistic Director and serving as a member of the management team, the Business Manager will coordinate cost-effective operations, data functions, and administration. Additionally, the Business Manager will be part of the marketing team.

For more information and to apply, click here.

New Art Exhibition up at T.F. Green Airport

At the GREEN SPACE Gallery, an exhibit entitled RHYTHMIC VISIONS featuring works by China Blue, Hayley Morris and Ben Wohlberg is on display from May 14 through September 4, 2018. The GREEN SPACE Gallery is a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promoting outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island.


Migratory Torrent by China Blue

RHYTHMIC VISIONS explores various ways in which movement, music and rhythm can be expressed visually. These questions are explored in the work of three artists; Ben Wohlberg, whose large, gestural canvases experiment with organic forms and texture to capture a quality of space and time; China Blue, whose graphic works depict movement and migration; and Hayley Morris, whose animation conveys the exuberance of music as well as the shifting realities of dementia.

A RISCA Fellowship recipient, China Blue has also been honored as an Artist-in-Resident with the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute at the Rhode Island Hospital, has received three NASA/RI Space Grants, and is an adviser to Rhode Island Congressman Langevin’s Committee for Art & Culture and the state’s Art and Health Committee. Driven by her interested in how our world is built from our sensations and perceptions, the body of work shown in this exhibition focuses on visualizing acoustic propagation of sound in space. A resident of Warwick, she additionally is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization The Engine Institute

Hayley Morris is an artist and animation director based in Providence, R.I. She runs the studio Shape & Shadow creating animated commercials, short films, music videos, projection art and social media content. Morris uses traditional stop-motion and mixed media techniques to tell stories that unfold through layered textures, handcrafted details and inventive storytelling.  Morris has directed commercials for Samsung, Hewlett Packard, Burt’s Bees, Kate Spade & The Detroit Zoo; commercials for Special K, McDonald’s, Toyota, The New York Times; and music videos for Iron and Wine, violinist Hilary Hahn, and pianist Hauschka. Her short film, Undone, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated Short at Slamdance in 2009, and her sets, puppets and music videos were shown at La Gaité Lyrique’s Motion Factory Exhibition in Paris. Morris also teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.


Living Large 3 by Ben Wohlberg

Ben Wohlberg was born in 1927 on a farm in Montezuma, Kansas. His first “canvas” was the dirt, in which he began to draw at age 5. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he earned a B.F.A. in Illustration and Painting from Art Center School in Los Angeles, California. Moving to New York City in 1953, he supported himself and his family as an advertising illustrator first at Charles E. Cooper Studio, and later in his own commercial art studio.  He retired in 2005 to pursue abstract painting, dividing his time between Harbour Island in the Bahamas and Block Island. Inspired by nature, Wohlberg’s paintings have been shown in galleries in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island and can be found in corporate and private collections throughout Europe, the Bahamas, and the United States

Block Island Airport Call for Artists


Diana Sartor’s work in the Block Island Airport, summer 2018.

The gallery space at the Block Island Airport is accepting art submissions for their 2019 exhibitions.  The gallery program is a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, to promote outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island.  The gallery at the Block Island Airport will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

Works in all media will be considered.  Note that the Block Island Airport Gallery is best suited to moderately-sized works.  The Block Island Airport presents four artists per year in solo exhibitions. Artists included in the 2019 exhibitions will receive a $100 stipend for participating in the program.

Eligibility:  All participating artists must be Rhode Island residents.  No students please. Resident Block Island artists are encouraged to apply.

Entry Deadline:  September 4, 2018

Selection: Finalists for the 2019 exhibitions schedule will be selected by the Block Island High School Visual Arts Program.

Apply: Please submit your application through Google Forms.

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.

If selected, artists agree to suitably frame, wire or otherwise prepare their artwork for display at their own expense. Works for Block Island must be 34” x 46” or smaller, and packaged by the artist for safe transport via ferry. 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 without commission to the galleries.

Learn more about the airport galleries, and view past exhibitions.

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

Participate In Hera’s Draw-A-Go-Go

Inspired by a Los Angeles based event, Hera launched its first Drawagogo in the summer of 2017 with 63 participating professional artists who generously donated an hour of their time and talent to support the arts in Southern RI. As a result of great creative energy and a spirited audience the event was a big success!
Drawagogo 2018
When: Sunday, July 22nd 
Where: Whalers Brewing Tasting Room 
Time: 3-6:30pm
Like last year, the participating artists will be divided into 3 groups working for 1 hour each. The public will have the opportunity to watch artists at work. At the end of each hour the freshly drawn pieces will be put up for sale at $50 each. (Work that doesn’t sell will be kept by Hera to be sold at a later date in support of the gallery). 
It is entirely up to the individual artists how they want to use their hour. We greatly appreciate fellow artists supporting our mission and don’t want to turn this into a speed drawing competition. We like you to come, create along fellow artists, meet new artists and art lovers, get promoted, listen to music, have a drink and enjoy a fun, creative Sunday afternoon in good company.
Hera will provide paper and simple drawing supplies. Artists are welcome to bring their own materials as well. The only restriction is that the artwork needs to be able to fit into a clear, flat 11″ x 17″ envelope. 
You can find more details about the event here: 

Request For Proposals – Cranston Mural Project

The Cranston Arts Commission of City of Cranston, RI, invites artists to submit proposals for a public art mural project. The project is for an original mural to be located on an exterior wall of Cross Town Press, 892 Park Ave., Cranston, RI. This location is at the intersection of Park and Pontiac Avenues. This location is a very busy spot in the city, with both driving and walking traffic and is in close proximity to Cranston City Hall, Cranston High School East and many small businesses.

Submissions open to all artists and artist teams, and are due by July 13, 2018 at 4pm. For more information, click here.


Jamestown Art Center Accepting Submissions for Holiday Arts Market and Annual Members Show

Holiday Arts Market

Artists and Artisans of all kinds are encouraged to apply: painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors, clothing designers, photographers, wood workers, glass artists, etc. Submissions will be juried. You or your representative must be at your “booth” for the entire duration of the market. Each vendor will be assigned a space that is approximately 4′ x 8′. Spaces may be shared. Some booth assignments have wall space while others are in the middle of the room. Wall spaces are assigend first come, first served. You may bring lighting; we provide electricity. We are accepting applications from young artists ages 15-25 in our special Emerging Artist Market in Studio B, special rate $25.

Submission deadline is August 15th. For more information and to apply, click here.

Annual Members Show
Theme: lush. and slow

All work that meets the requirements will be hung in the show. All current members of the Jamestown Arts Center may submit ONE piece. New Memberships and renewals will be accepted during registration. Artwork drop off is November 2nd and 3rd. Show awards are juried by Roger Mandle. For more information, click here.

Providence City Walk Demonstration Day

On Friday, June 15th, grab a roller and follow the lead of one of three artists who have designed murals for three different sites at the intersection of Broad and Public street.  These murals will be painted in tempera and will likely only last a few days – be a part of something fleeting and fabulous!

You can also join in a Flashmob-style dance choreographed by Sokeo Ros, to be launched at 1:30PM on Saturday, June 16th at the intersection of Broad and Public Streets. Learn the moves here!

These events are all part of a “Demonstration Day”, which invites Providence residents to try out and give feedback on plans for the addition of bike lanes, green infrastructure, and public art along Broad Street. 82 people walking or biking on Broad Street were involved in a car crash between 2009 and 2015. The goal of City Walk is to make Broad Street safer and more pedestrian friendly.

If you are interested in participating in arts activities for the City Walk Demonstration Day, please contact Cristina at or just show up and participate!