Solo Exhibit Features Nixon Leger, 25 Years of Art from Haiti to the United States  at the State Art Gallery  

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Nixon Leger’s Solo Exhibit, Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill.

An exhibit featuring more than 25 years of captivating artwork created by Nixon Leger, is currently on display at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill on the main floor of the state’s Administration Building in Providence. This wide body of artwork was created based on the physical and metaphysical world as viewed by Nixon.

“My artwork from the early years is a quest of identity and creativity. This work is based on the philosophy, spirituality, physical and metaphysical world. Since I first began studying art, I have continued to search for unique ways to show my ideas. Through my artwork, I took the “Plantain Tree” from the physical world which I transformed into a metaphysic representation of the human body. My Art is a world of Adventure that I continue to explore.” – Nixon Leger

Exhibit Details:

What: Nixon Leger-25 Years of Art from Haiti to the United States
When: Exhibit is on display through June 8. Open to the public, weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill is on the first floor of the state’s Administration Building in Providence.

Nixon Leger is an award-winning artist from Belle-Anse, Haiti. His work has been showcased in many art exhibits internationally. Nixon is a leader to the community; he spends quality time contributing with other organizations providing his expertise on fundraising activities. His presence in supporting the community was recognized and awarded twice by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), as well as other related fundraising events for Liberia and Haiti. Nixon shows that his artwork is a representation of Haitian Art mixed with other life concepts, rich with various styles, philosophy, and spirituality, while connecting to others worldwide.

The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill was developed to exhibit the work of Rhode Island artists in the State Capitol Complex. It hosts exhibits on a rotating basis, in partnership with several state agencies and organizations. The art gallery enhances Capitol Hill as a destination point for visitors, as well as for the many people who visit Administration offices or attend conferences at One Capitol Hill. It also enriches the work environment for the hundreds of state workers who spend their workday in the building.

Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill traveling exhibit celebrate first juried Native American artist exhibit

Warwick Center for the Arts, Tomaquag Museum and RISCA’s Atrium Gallery Traveling Exhibits joined forces for a new exhibit of Native American artists called Resilience. The show will be on display at the Warwick Center for the Arts 0n Post Road, from July 31 to Sept. 4.

The exhibit was curated by Angel Beth Smith. Exhibiting artists are Lisa Aquino, Nkéke Waupianoohom Harris, Sherenté Harris, Nayana LaFond, Silvermoon LaRose, Heebe Tee Lee, Julia Marden, Lynsea Montanari, Deborah Spears Moorehead, Canden Robinson, Angel Beth Smith, Lorén Spears, Robin Spears, Weeko Thompson, Brooke Waldron and Toni Weeden.

The State Native American Art Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill has been celebrated since 2012, and holds the distinction of being the first regional and state art exhibit for Native American art. The exhibition features work from the Native community that represents a traditional and contemporary approach to Native American art in a variety of media. The mission of the Native American Art Exhibit is to sustain the culture of the Eastern Woodland Indigenous People, and allow every story to be told and heard. Their traditions, both old and new, evoke a story of cultural preservation.

The initiation of the Atrium Gallery Traveling Exhibits, in partnership with Warwick Art Museum, Attleboro Art Museum, and the Courthouse Center for the Arts, has grown to include the Newport Art Museum. These exhibits, through travel, highlight the work of diverse artists, and gain attention when visiting other Rhode Island and New England cities. 

Click here to learn more about the exhibit in Warwick.

New exhibition of Rhode Island artists opens at T.F. Green Airport

A new art exhibition is now on display at TF Green Airport’s GREEN SPACE Gallery, a partnership between RISCA and the RI Airport Corporation (RIAC). The gallery now features works by Rhode Island artists Pascale Lord, Barrington, Sarina Mitchel, Providence, and Jill Stauffer, Wakefield, and will be on display through Sept. 19.

“By highlighting RI artists, this gallery offers travelers coming and going to our state a vision of our incredible creativity. It’s a treat for first time visitors and residents to discover RI’s thriving and diverse arts community, a key economic driver.”

Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA’s Executive Director
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Pascale Lord

Pascale Lord, a French native, began her art career at Strasbourg University graduating with a CAPES in Arts Plastiques. She completed her master’s by working with the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Following graduation, she continued her art through teaching and had the opportunity to organize exhibitions with regional museums. In 2005, she relocated to the United States with her family; first to Seattle where she was an active member of Gallery 110 and had several exhibitions on the West Coast, then to Rhode Island in 2011 where she is an active artist member at IMAGO Gallery in Warren. Her work is focused on individual and collective experiences morphing into memory, which in her words, “fades, degrades, erases, resurfaces, tears, and stretches, like the canvas of my paintings.” Read the artist’s statement.

Sarina Mitchel

Sarina Mitchel is an artist based in Providence. Fascinated by the intersection of science and art, her current focus is on paintings inspired by cells and biology. The paintings on display are based on microscope images of epithelial cells in human lungs, which form an essential barrier, separating one organ from another, outside from inside, our bodies from the world. Her works turn the complexity of groups of airway epithelial cells into something beautiful that will intrigue viewers. She uses iridescent inks to create a sense of depth and motion and adds a dimensional element to her paintings by etching patterns into the surfaces. Her artistic process involves hand-tracing the cell boundaries, then programming a CNC router to etch that image onto the painting surface. Mitchel says, “When airway epithelial cells cannot perform their function as a barrier, a person can become sick with respiratory diseases like emphysema or COPD. Little did I know when I started working on this series, before the pandemic upended our lives, these are the same cells COVID-19 first attacks when it reaches our lungs.” Read more about the artist.

Mitchel’s work has been shown throughout Rhode Island, and in cities such as New York, Boston, Kansas City and Golden, Colorado. She has donated artwork to benefit organizations such as AS220, the CSPH, the Attleboro Arts Museum, Visual AIDS, Operation Breakthrough and Planned Parenthood.

Jill Stauffer

Jill Stauffer is an interdisciplinary artist based in Wakefield. Her interactive installations are inspired by the coastal ecosystems and sacred spaces of the places she’s lived. The pieces serve as interactive spaces for self-reflection and the exploration of themes related to ephemerality, grief, spirituality, transformation, and the beauty and fragility of the natural world. Stauffer’s work is born out of a ritual of labor, installations which are the whole of many components, each crafted delicately in a ritual of contemplation. Her hand is visible in each piece, explicit labors of sewing, cut paper, and the application and sanding down of paint layers. Stauffer holds a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont, with majors in Studio Art and Architectural Studies. She recently completed an Artist Intern Fellowship with NE Sculpture and looks forward to an internship with Josephine Sculpture Park this summer. In addition to her art practice, Stauffer has worked in arts administration with community art and design nonprofits in Providence, Baltimore and Minneapolis. Read more about the artist.

Exhibitors for GREEN SPACE were chosen by panelists Kathy Hodge, Viera Levitt and Frank Poor.