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.

Grant applications now available for artists, culture workers affected by the pandemic

The application deadline is June 14 at 8 p.m.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Artist-Relief-Fund-High-Res-3215478059-1613660510794-1024x438.jpgApplications for a new round of funding for arts and culture workers from the Artist Relief Fund (ARF) are now available. The deadline is June 14 at 8 p.m.

To apply for a grant, sign up through the Artist Grant Portal or visit ARF online for more information.

Since last spring, ARF has been providing small grants to RI artists and culture workers, who have experienced hardships due to the pandemic. This funding has helped members of the diverse arts and culture community to stay safe and receive assistance for living and incidental expenses.

Consider donating to the Artist Relief Fund

In addition to offering grants, the Artist Relief Fund is taking donations. The funds raised will go directly to the arts community, which continues to face significant challenges as they are in the early stages of returning to work. The arts community is asking those who can, to consider donating to the RI Artist Relief Fund for arts and culture workers. To learn more and donate, click here.

“Rhode Island’s individual artists and creatives have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Income for artists essentially stopped, and artists had trouble paying rent and putting food on their table. It is vital that we continue to offer support and assistance to artists and culture workers, who have and continue to add tremendous value to our state’s economy and the creative life of our communities.”

–Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, RISCA

June 7 webinar presents the updated Google Drive, ‘Resources for Teaching Artists’

Mark your calendar for Monday, June 7, at 11 a.m. for RISCA’s Teaching Artist Roster Committee members to give their first look at the updated “Resources for Teaching Artists – Virtual/Distance/In-Person” Google Drive.
Join teaching artist and committee member Gloria Crist (The CORE Organization), Darlene Gormly, committee member, and RISCA’s Maggie Anderson for a tutorial on navigating RISCA’s updated Google Drive: “Resources for Teaching Artists – Virtual/Distance/In-Person.”
New to the drive, is the “Teaching Artists Checklist,” which meets all the latest guidelines for Summer 2021.
To RSVP for the webinar (11 a.m. on Monday, June 7), email Maggie Anderson.