This call is currently closed and applications are under review

Artists interested in painting former Governor and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo’s official portrait

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is GinaRaimondo2015.jpgThe Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), on behalf of Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, is issuing a call for artists for the commission of the official painted portrait of the former Governor and current Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. A commission fee of $50,000 will be offered, with additional stipends to cover travel, crating and shipping of the finished work. This commission must be complete on or before November 2022.

Rhode Island State Law Chapter 37-8-9 calls for the commissioning of an official portrait of each Rhode Island Governor.

Artists interested in being considered for the commission should visit the online application, by clicking here. Only applications submitted through CallforEntry.org, the web-based artist application portal, will be reviewed.

This commission is an opportunity to capture the unique and historic nature of the first woman governor of our state. Rhode Island artists, women artists, artists of color and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, RI State Council on the Arts


Artists will be asked to submit a resume and to upload six  digital images of previous work relevant to this commission. Interested artists have until June 30, 2021, to submit samples of their work through the online system.

All digital images must be accompanied by the following:

  • A list showing the name of the artist.
  • The title of the work or subject.
  • Medium, size and year.
  • Completed and whether the work was commissioned. (If a commission, provide details.)

Commerce Secretary Raimondo will choose an artist from among these submissions, and a commission will be offered for an official portrait of not less than 29 x 25 inches and not more than 114 x 74 inches in size with the frame included. The artist chosen will be required to work with and receive direction from the Secretary of Commerce regarding certain aspects of this commission, and work with the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission with respect to the framing of the finished portrait.

Note: Please do not submit material for this call through anything other than the online application process. Neither RISCA nor the state of Rhode Island is responsible for damage or loss of materials submitted to this office.

Original works of art will not be accepted as part of the review process.

Online applications must be submitted on or before June 30, 2021. We anticipate that a decision will be made by no later than December 2021.

For further information,  contact Randall Rosenbaum at Randall.Rosenbaum@arts.ri.gov. No phone inquires.