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

Applications close Feb. 20, 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. 20.

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.

New multi-year arts and culture grant program awarded to 4 individual artists

R.I. State Council on the Arts’ newly announced General Operating Support for Artists has awarded $6,000 per year for three years to the following four artists: Anthony “AM.” Andrade, Evans Molina Fernandez, Jeffrey Yoo Warren, all of Providence, and Warwick’s Saberah Malik.

“This new grant program supports artists across disciplines and is reflective of our efforts to change our grantmaking to center equity and inclusion.  We are proud to recognize these individual artists for their contributions to the civic and artistic life of the state.”

RISCA’s Executive Director Lynne McCormack

Recipients of the new grant receive support to work toward large, specific, self-identified goals in their art practice. This program includes a cohort community for meetings and learning opportunities that are focused on grantees’ needs. The program requires that participants submit a report once per year and remain Rhode Island residents for the full granting period of three years.

This new grant program will open for applications on May 1, 2023.

Congratulations to these inaugural recipients:

Anthony “AM.” Andrade (they/them), Providence, is an activist, visual + media artist, educator, choreographer, and award-winning composer. As a Co-Director of The Haus of Glitter Dance Company + Performance Lab, Andrade’s work is centered on connecting the individual human body to the collective human body, historical intervention and cultural preservation. AM. is also a certified (YT-200) yoga + wellness instructor and is a project manager for AS220’s Racial Justice Initiative \. AM. aims to cultivate care-centered spaces for communities to practice breath, self-expression, justice, care and resilience.

Evans Molina Fernandez, Providence, is a multi-disciplinary artist that experiments in painting, performance, music/sound and experimental video. He uses guerrilla documentary, dance and performance as educational tools.  He was born and raised in Cuba and moved to the United States in November 2004. His art is inspired by themes such as heritage, ritual, immigration, family, folklore, and legend. Evans strives to create cultural exchange with the objective of destroying prejudices and political blockades. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, events, and festivals in Cuba, Spain, Poland, and the United States. Evans works as an independent artist taking on a social and educational role by performing in various schools, cultural centers, and community spaces, using art as a form of social medicine.

Jeffrey Yoo Warren (he/him), Providence, is a Korean American artist-educator, community scientist, illustrator and researcher, who collaboratively creates community science projects which decenter dominant culture in environmental knowledge production. His recent work combines ancestral craft practices and creative work with diasporic memory through virtual collaborative worldbuilding. Warren is a member of AS220, a facilitator with Movement Education Outdoors, and part of the New Old art collective with Aisha Jandosova, hosting artmaking and storytelling events with older adults.

Saberah Malik, Warwick, grew up in Pakistan, received BFA and MFA in graphic design from Panjab University, Lahore. Traveling to Pratt Institute, New York City, on a National Merit Scholarship for a master’s in Industrial Design, complimented her South-Asian cultural heritage with Western art education. Her current work celebrates her passion for textiles in all their colorful patterned brilliance and sensual tactile nuances. With empathy as a catalyst for understanding, graphic arrangements, dimensional sensitivity, joy of light and color, exuberance of texture and pattern, coalesce in transparent, holographic like textile sculptures in a mature expression of progression from traditional surface work to a new direction of geo-politically engaged sculptural work. Malik has conducted workshops at prestigious institutions, exhibited widely and received distinguished awards.

Block Island Airport Gallery features the works of RI artist Andre Lee Bassuet

Block Island, RI—The gallery at the Block Island Airport, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), announced the opening of its fall exhibit featuring works by Andre Lee Bassuet, of North Kingstown. The exhibition runs through late-January.

Andre Lee Bassuet is an artist, designer and educator whose work primarily deals with memory and fleeting nature of human connections. Originally from Brooklyn, she completed her MFA at Osaka University of Arts on a Fellowship from the Japanese Government Ministry of Education and a bachelor’s from New York University. She has participated in artist residencies at AS220 and Manhattan Graphics Center and exhibited in New York, Providence, Michigan, Florida, Seattle, Red Lodge, Kyoto, Osaka and Shanghai. Her artist books are in the Columbia University Libraries, MassArt Libraries, RISD Fleet Library collection, Western Michigan University’s Special Collections as well as private collections. To learn more visit: https://www.

The 2022 exhibitors for the Block Island Gallery were chosen by panelists Darrell Matsumoto, Wakefield, Saman Sajasi, Providence, and Judith Tolnick-Champa, Pawtucket.

GREEN SPACE Gallery at Rhode Island TF Green International Airport and the Block Island Airport Gallery, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promote outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The galleries present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.