New Art Exhibitions at T.F. Green Airport and Block Island Airport Galleries

RISCA is excited to announce new art exhibitions on display at Rhode Island’s airports. At the GREEN SPACE Gallery at TF Green Airport, an exhibit entitled FIBER OPTICAL featuring works by May Babcock, Philip Gibson and Susan Matthews is on display from September 30, 2019 through January 26, 2020. At the Block Island Airport Gallery, works by Elizabeth O’Connor are on display October 2, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

In the GREEN SPACE exhibit FIBER OPTICAL, the artists investigate unique possibilities of fiber and craft elements, both innovative and traditional.

May Babcock is an interdisciplinary artist based in Providence. Her studio techniques combine hand papermaking, printmaking, sculpture, historical photography process, and book-arts techniques, creating artwork that addresses place. Since 2017, Babcock has collected seaweeds and pondweeds from Rhode Island waterways, embedding them in pulp during the wet hand papermaking process. First an identification method while exploring invasive and indicator species, this ongoing exploration is now a series of over 100 works.  In FIBER OPTICAL, Babcock is showing small collage works incorporating hand collected samples of marine algae species from Rhode Island waterways along with works that expand upon their intricacies in large-format, formidable ‘pulp paintings’, images made entirely of paper, by pigmenting pulps made from plants.

Babcock  exhibits nationally and internationally, and most recently has shown at The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, RISD Museum of Art, Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Arts, and The Center for Book Arts. She has taught courses in printmaking, papermaking, drawing, and two-dimensional design across the country, including Rhode Island School of Design, Women’s Studio Workshop, and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.  Recently, Babcock was selected as a 2018 Creative Community Fellow, an initiative of National Arts Strategies. She was also awarded a RISCA Project Grant, a National Parks Artist Residency, and installed public artworks in Providence, Pawtucket, and the Illinois State Museum.

You can see more of May Babcock’s artwork at www.maybabcock.com and @maybabcock on Instagram.

Susan Matthews makes color and thread drawings and objects using ceramic and textile mediums. Her drawings on display employ watercolor shapes bound with thread in a painstaking process combining color and texture.  Her Personal Flotation Device represents a new direction in her three dimensional work, providing witty commentary on life near our ever changing oceans.  She received her MFA in ceramics from RISD in 2004. Her work has been shown at the University of Rhode Island, AS220, the Newport Art Museum, the Jamestown Arts Center, the Warwick Museum of Art, and the Hera Gallery, along with other venues. Matthews lives with her family in Jamestown RI, and creates in her studio at the Shady Lea Mill in North Kingston. See more of her work at susanmmatthews.com.

Philip Gibson designs, makes and fixes things, as a toolmaker, welder and maintenance mechanic in industry, and teaching others as an instructor in Massachusetts vocational schools and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon.  He discovered the beauty in natural materials during two trips to Italy: the first in the summer of 2000 where an alabaster workshop in Volterra gave him the inspiration to use his skills to carve stone, and the second in 2017 where the tiling pattern on a church floor in Parma inspired the parquetry panels on display at GREEN SPACE.  He combines the beauty of natural wood and stone material with structure arising from his study of mathematics.  In the resulting panels, the wood and stone form their own interplay of pattern and light reflecting from the wood fibers as the viewer’s point of view changes creates evolving perceptions of space and illusion.  Gibsons work is represented online at www.flickr.com/photos/philipgibsonstone.

At the Block Island Airport Gallery, Elizabeth O’Conner is showing her infrared photography of Rhode Island landscapes. Having first mastered the techniques of black and white film processing and darkroom photo printing,  she went on to earn a Certificate of Photography from the RISD/CE program in 2017.  She discovered infrared photography while working with film.  She prefers the otherworldly, secret landscape infrared evokes and has since moved on to use  infrared photography in its digital form. O’Connor had a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 camera converted to use a super color infrared filter (590nm) which enables her to produce color or black and white infrared images.  Elizabeth O’Connor is represented by the D. Chatowsky Art Gallery on Block Island and Newport, Rhode Island.  Her websites are at ElizabethOConnor.photography and behance.net/ElizabethOConnor.

Exhibitors for GREEN SPACE were chosen by panelists Saberah Malik, Jodie Goodnough and David Barnes, while exhibitors for the Block Island Airport Gallery were chosen by Lisa Robb, public school arts educator.

The GREEN SPACE Gallery and Block Island Airport Gallery are a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promoting 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.

At the Atrium Gallery: 2019 State Latin American Art Exhibit

The 2019 State Latin American Art Exhibit will be display at the Atrium Gallery from August 19th through October 25th, 2019. This exhibit will celebrate Latin American women artists for the first time at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill. The gallery will showcase the strength, encouragement, beauty and inspiration of Latin American women in the visual fine arts.

Works on display include: Carolina Arentsen’s collages featuring “Onna-Bugeisha” (female Japanese Samurai), Carolina Briones’ oil paintings depicting “Esperanza” (hope) and dreams, Tamara Diaz stylized acrylic paintings of women “El Consejo” and “Unhuman”, Ysanel’s vibrant “I Scream”, Maritza D’Aloisio’s and Patricia Gamez’ delicate flowers, Roxaneth Espinosa’s portrait of “Teisha”, Rebecca Flores’ series of self-portraits entitled “Unthinkable Road”. The gallery additionally features sculptural work from Liliana Fijman consisting of mixed media highlighting women’s feet and the stories they tell, along with Lydia Perez’ and Yidell Rivera’s carved cedarwood painted religious figures.

A Gallery Night reception will be held on Thursday, September 19th from 6:00-8:30pm, including poetry by Sussy Santana, dance performances by Lydia Perez, Colombian American Cultural Society Youth Dance Group and a performance by ECAS Theater during the event. The State-run gallery is located at One Capitol Hill, State’s main administration building on Smith Street in Providence, RI.

The Atrium Gallery was developed by RISCA to exhibit the work of Rhode Island artists in the State Capitol Complex. It hosts exhibits on a rotating basis, in partnership with community artists and art organizations from across the state. The contemporary gallery frequently showcases artwork from a variety of diverse groups including African, Asian, Latin America, and the Native American community among others.

Featured image by Rebecca Flores

New Exhibits at TF Green and Block Island Airports

RISCA RIAC Luke Randall Russian Night Flowers
Russian Night Flowers by Luke Randall

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts announced new art exhibitions on display at Rhode Island’s airports. At the GREEN SPACE Gallery at TF Green Airport, an exhibit entitled FORMAL CONSIDERATIONS, featuring works by Eveline Luppi, Luke Randall, and Stacey Messier, is on display through September 22, 2019. At the Block Island Airport Gallery, works by Jim Gwiazdzinski are on display through August 4, 2019.

Abacus Eveline Luppi
Abacus by Eveline Luppi

In the GREEN SPACE exhibit FORMAL CONSIDERATIONS, the viewer is invited to examine the various ways in which a visual work can underscore an artist’s relationship to aspects of art history. Works by Eveline Luppi reference the history of abstraction; art by Luke Randall pays homage to early american craft; artwork by Stacey Messier refreshes a long line of works that focus on geometry. In all the work, the artists indicate their appreciation for the creative arc of humanity.

At the Block Island Airport Gallery, Jim Gwiazdzinski is exhibiting pen and ink to create works from marine species that connect him to his IMG_3147fishing adventures on the waters off the coast of New England. His intimate connection to the waters of New England has led him to fishing aboard various commercial vessels, calling Shinnecock Inlet, Point Judith, and Stonington their home ports. Shark, tuna, sunfish, whales, various seabirds, as well as the occasional submarine provide his mainly naturalist subject matter.

Exhibitors for GREEN SPACE were chosen by panelists Saberah Malik, Jodie Goodnough and David Barnes, while exhibitors for the Block Island Airport Gallery were chosen by Lisa Robb, public school arts educator.

The GREEN SPACE Gallery and Block Island Airport Gallery are a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promoting 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.

About RISCA:
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance, and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

About RIAC:
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F. Green Airport and the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island. A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number of public art commissions for T. F. Green and Block Island airports.