ArtRI is a topical discussion program co-produced by NetWorks Rhode Island and Rhode Island PBS. It addresses issues facing artists in Rhode Island and is designed to heighten awareness of the artistic community within Rhode Island.
The city’s downtown core offers significant public art in its park spaces, on city streets, at its civic and convention centers, and sited on buildings. In the Rhode Island Convention Center, look up to see a huge glass sculpture hanging overhead, created by renowned architect and MacArthur Fellow James Carpenter. Uncover a tribute to lasting
The North Burial Ground and Swan Point Cemetery are two prominent Providence cemeteries exemplifying the artistic riches and tranquil settings to be found in historic cemeteries. Family memorials honoring the deceased reveal the evolution of a city’s culture and industry. Ronald Onorato, Ph.D., professor of art history and department chair of art and art history
Long-established libraries like the Providence Public Library and the Providence Athenaeum hold much more than books. The opportunity to explore the art and artifacts in their collections makes visiting a stimulating and worthwhile experience whether or not reading is on a visitor’s agenda. The Providence Public Library opened its extraordinary building, itself a work of
Artwork abounds on the campuses of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Gallery director Jo-Ann Conklin takes a walk around College Hill to highlight some of these pieces. From outdoor sculptures by the internationally prominent Henry Moore and Jenny Holzer to challenging indoor installations by visual artists Sarah Oppenheimer and Diane Samuels,
Randall Rosenbaum, the Executive Director at RI State Council on the Arts, Clay Rockefeller, a co-founder of The SteelYard and Aidan Petrie, the Chief Innovation Officer and co-founder, of Ximedica, a Providence company developing medical devices, take a look at the role art, design and creativity play in the RI economy and discuss whether art
Sara Ganz Blythe, Director of Education at The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, explains the museum’s tradition in educating the public about art, Barbara Wong, Executive Director of Providence CITY ARTS!, talks about her organization’s vital role in developing art education in the community, and, Paul Sproll Professor of Teaching & Learning
John Smith, Director of the RISD Museum of Art, Lisa Goddard, the Director of the Newport Art Museum, and Richard Fishman, from the Center for Creative Arts, Brown University, talk about their institutions and examine the role of art museums and art centers in the community, and try to answer more general questions: what role
Sara Agniel, from Buonaccorsi+Agniel Gallery, Deb Dormody from Craftland and artist Brian Chippendale discuss the role of galleries in Rhode Island and beyond. They take a look at the relationship between gallerist, artist and collector, discuss the function of a gallery as a place to view and buy art as well as a place for
The Public Art Initiative at The Wheeler School, a private, pre-K through High School, is discussed with Dan Miller, Head of School. Artist Jonathan Bonner talks about his various public sculptures in Rhode Island, and Executive Producer of Art Rhode Island, Joseph A. Chazan, M.D. talks about a number of art projects he has undertaken.
A follow-up on the discussion of art in the public realm. WaterFire Providence creator Barnaby Evans discusses the impact of his work with Elizabeth Keithline, Coordinator of Public Art at The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and Patricia Phillips, author, curator, and Provost for Academic Affairs at The Rhode Island School of Design.
For many years, Paul Amaral of Amaral Custom Fabrications has been creating large-scale, outdoor sculpture for Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Keith Haring, and others. Artist Nicole Chesney explains her attraction to the area due to this kind of support, and Drake Patten, Executive Director of The Steelyard, a creative industrial arts incubator and teaching
Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director of the Alliance of Artist Communities, (based in Providence), artist Ellen Driscoll, head of the sculpture department at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Nancy Friese, painter/printmaker and RISD faculty member, discuss their experiences with “artist in residence”programs. Credits: Hosted by: Martina Windels Executive Producer: Joseph A. Chazan, M.D. Producer: