Public Art Commission installed at RI State Police Barracks

The Rhode Island State Council On the Arts and the Rhode Island State Police are pleased to announce the recent installation of a public art commission by Warren artist Deborah Baronas in the renovated Lincoln Woods Barracks at 1575 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln. The commission features 8 textiles and paintings for the hallway and board room of the facility.

Under the Art For Public Facilities Act, 1% of the Barracks renovation budget was set aside for artwork. A public art selection panel performed a site visit, helped to write a Request for Qualifications, reviewed 38 entries, considered proposals from three finalists, and ultimately selected Baronas for the $25,000 commission.

The panel remarked that Baronas’ “conscientious attitude” helped her win the award and Lieutenant Richard D. Swanson noted that Baronas “captured the spirit and emotion of what we do.” Baronas interviewed many members of the force and visited the Barracks multiple times before and during the creation of the work. Her inclusive, research-intensive process had already won her attention after she created 9 glass and textile pieces for the Bristol Veterans Home in 2017.

RISCA’s Percent For Art Director Elizabeth Keithline thanked Baronas and the RI State Police for their hard work and diligence, noting that “Rhode Island has so much talent, it’s often difficult to choose among the many highly qualified applicants. We were honored to work with Deb Baronas and the RI State Police on this important commission.”

The Council wishes to thank all the officers who contributed to Baronas’ interviews and those who served on the panel, including Union Studios architect Andrew Barkley, Lincoln artists Bonnie Lee Turner and Merle Poulton, Cecilia Hallahan from the RI Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and Lieutenant Richard D. Swanson, Facilities/Capital Projects Manager for the RI State Police.

Funding for the commission was provided through the Allocation For Public Facilities Act and overseen by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through a bond approved by Rhode Island taxpayers and the Rhode Island General Assembly.

2019 RI State Asian Art Exhibit opens May 16

Call to Artists for the 2019 State Asian Art Exhibit

RISCA is pleased to announce the 2019 State Asian Art Exhibit co-presented by the India Association of Rhode Island and the Hmong United Association of Rhode Island. The Atrium Gallery was developed to exhibit the work of public artists in the State Capitol Complex. It hosts exhibits on a rotating basis, in partnership with community artists and arts organizations from across the state. The Atrium showcases artwork from a variety of groups from diverse communities. We are pleased to showcase the talent of various artists at the Atrium Gallery @ One Capitol Hill.

These exhibits and receptions have become an important and anticipated event for everyone, as they provide a wonderful venue for a greater appreciation of the artistic talent from various communities.

If you are an artist interested in showing your work,  please send images of artwork and the label information to on or before Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.

Drop off /Installation: Monday, May 6th, 2019 9:00-10:00am
Pick Up: Monday, August 5th, 2019 9:00-10:00am
Gallery Night Reception: Thursday, May 16th, 2019 6:00-8:30pm
Location: William E. Powers Administration Building
One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908

For more information please contact:

Elena Calderón-Patiño
Director, Community Arts Program
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Phone: (401) 222-6996 Web:

RISCA Commissions Artist-Designed Bike Racks for State Administration Building

On March 26, RISCA announced the installation of artist-designed bike racks for One Capitol Hill, the State’s Main Administration Building in Providence. This project, produced in cooperation with the State Department of Administration, provides bike racks for state employees and visitors to use when visiting offices in the Capitol Complex.

The bike racks are produced by the Public Projects Department of The Steel Yard, a Providence-based non-profit that provides a place for the community to practice and learn the industrial arts. The bike racks were designed by artist Brendan Rose, with assistance from Peter Tenney and Devyn Maher. Rose, from Providence, is a multi-disciplinary designer and licensed architect working in the fields of architecture, public art and custom fabrication.

In commissioning the bike racks, the State Arts Council was responding to requests from state employees – including members of the Arts Council staff – for secure and attractive places to park bikes while visiting or working in One Capitol Hill.  RISCA reached out to the State Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) for cooperation on this project and found an enthusiastic partner.

“We were delighted to bring these artist-designed bike racks to One Capitol Hill,” said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of RISCA.  “We’ve found it’s possible to engage artists to enliven public spaces with artistic and functional works, often at a comparable price to buying a commercially-produced bike rack from a manufacturer.”

The funds for these bike racks came from the State public art program, which established that a portion of State capital construction projects be allocated for the acquisition of works of art to be placed in public places.

If these bike racks prove to be popular with the public, Rosenbaum says there may be opportunities for other functional art, from bike racks to benches, to be commissioned from Rhode Island artists.