2017 Art Providence Holiday Sale Seeking Submissions

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ArtSmart Productions announces the first year of the Art Providence Holiday Sale, December 9 & 10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

APPLICATION DEADLINES: May 23, 2017; late application deadline: May 30, 2017


Presented by Rhode Island-based ArtSmart Productions, Art Providence Holiday Sale 2017 has been created to (a) replace the Rhode Island School of Design’s holiday show after its successful 20-year run, (b) open the show to other talented US-based artists and artisans and (c) become one of the premiere arts and crafts events in New England.

Considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America, Providence has a long, rich history of creating and making. Known more recently as the Creative Capital, it is home to the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and other premiere academic institutions – all of which enrich the city’s creative community and cement its reputation as one of the crown jewels of art, design, and making in the US. Providence is also a vibrant yet accessible city in terms of restaurants, nightlife and live entertainment. It is becoming increasingly popular as a weekend getaway destination.

In short, we can think of no better city in which to celebrate and promote the work of artists and artisans than Providence.


The show will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence and will host approximately 200 artists over the course of the weekend, in the following format options:

Option A (open to all applicants) – December 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday), 10am-6pm. Approximately 150 artists will be selected through the jurying processes.

Option B (open to RISD alumni only) – Saturday, December 9, 10am-6pm. This one-day option is reserved for the first 50 RISD alumni artists to apply and gain acceptance to the show.

Set up for all artists will take place on Friday, December 8. Details TBD.



There are two deadlines to apply to the show: regular deadline May 23 ($35 application fee) and late deadline May 30 ($60 application fee).

Artists are asked to submit a total of five (5) digital images – 4 that best represent their work and 1 showing their booth display. Work will be juried based on originality, execution of design, technique and craftsmanship, creative use of materials, and aesthetic qualities.

For more information, visit https://www.artprovidencesale.com/.