Calling All Portrait Artists!

Every year RISCA receives requests for referrals. We are looking to build a comprehensive state-wide roster of artists working in different disciplines as a resource. This month we are focusing on artists who specialize in Portraiture. Create or update your CreativeGround profile today- be sure to provide your Rhode Island address, contact information, images of your work, website if available, and most importantly include the word Portraits in the description field in order to be found in Search inquiries. Register today! to be considered for future inquiries

CreativeGround is New England’s community-generated, free, online arts and culture directory that provides visibility, connection, and information to support a region-wide creative network. Completely free to use, this is a great tool for artists to showcase their work and indicate what jobs/gigs/comissions they are available for. CreativeGround is operated by the New England Foundation for the Arts, our regional arts agency.

NEFA has created an introductory video to help get you started. If you want assistance in creating or updating your profile, you can schedule a virtual 30 minute meeting with someone from NEFA’s CreativeGround team: They have office hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Assets for Artists rolls out free winter workshops

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is mm-standard-logo-rectangle-red-1024x158.jpgAssets for Artists, a program of The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), announced its free winter workshops for Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts artists. The winter and spring workshops will be online.

Ever thought about founding an arts-based co-op?
Looking for ways to improve your online marketing?
Want to practice advocacy tools to protect yourself and your practice?

Assets for Artists has an exciting series of free online workshops for Rhode Island that answers the questions and more!

  • Financial Strategies for Artists w/ Amy Smith
    • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 | 2 – 4 p.m. | For MA, RI & CT
  • The Basics of Instagram: Build a Following, Increase Engagement, and Understand Analytics w/ Francesca Olsen
    • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 2 – 4 p.m. | For MA, RI & CT
  • Photographing Your Artwork w/ Mercedes Jelinek
    • Tuesday, May 2, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | For MA, RI & CT

Click here to RSVP and read more.

State Arts Council puts out 2 Calls for Artists for RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development

Applications close Feb. 6, 2023

Link to the plans

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) has issued a call for two new public art commissions– an exterior work budgeted for $100,000 and an interior commission for $35,000. The artwork is for the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, Horace Mann Hall, at Rhode Island College.

Through a competitive selection process, two artists or teams of artists will be chosen to create artwork that is welcoming, celebratory, inclusive and evokes learning, play, childhood, knowledge, intellectual growth, teaching and RIC’s diversity. There is no fee to apply; the deadline for the calls is Feb. 6.

During 2022, Horace Mann Hall, a 46,000-square-foot building and home to the School of Education, received a major makeover. The building’s three-story tower has been renovated to include six classrooms, three new seminar rooms and a reconfigured computer lab. It houses the departments of Elementary Education, Special Education and Educational Studies.

Click here to learn more about the Calls.

“From our classrooms to our galleries to our public spaces, art has an important and enriching presence on our campus. This new work of art will be the signature element of a modernized, reimagined Horace Mann Hall and will serve as an inspiration to all who teach and learn there.”


“We are proud to once again partner with Rhode Island College to enhance the campus with public art. Horace Mann Hall will be the epicenter of education for Rhode Island’s aspiring teachers. We are excited that these projects will be part of this important renovation.”


Rhode Island College is a regional comprehensive public college that serves approximately 5,800 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students through its five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Business, the Zvart Onanian School of Nursing and the School of Social Work. Established in 1854, we are Rhode Island’s first public institution of higher education. The college is located on a beautiful 180-acre suburban campus in the vibrant city of Providence, and has satellite locations at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence’s Innovation District and the Rhode Island College Workforce Development Hub in Central Falls, RI. We are known throughout the Northeast for high-quality academic programs, small class sizes, personalized, hands-on learning experiences, world-class faculty, and high value compared to other four-year institutions.