Artwork in the shape of face masks is on exhibit at the state art gallery

Face mask art celebrates creativity and protection against COVID-19

An exhibition of artwork in the shape of a face mask is now on display at the  Atrium Gallery on the main floor of the state’s Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence. The Conceal/Reveal Mask Installation was created during the pandemic and presents a mix of handmade face masks by RI artists and members of the community, who answered an open call. The exhibit, which examines the intersection of the arts and healing will be open to the public, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 25.

On viewing the installation at the state’s gallery managed by the RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA), Randall Rosenbaum, executive director of the state’s arts agency, said, “I am amazed and in awe of the quality of the pieces our community contributed to this timely show, which illustrates the healing power of the arts. Conceal/Reveal sends another important message, and that is to encourage community members to do their part and wear a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The face mask art exhibit was originated and displayed at the Providence Art Club’s Dodge House Gallery on Thomas Street. It included works by Rhode Islanders of all ages and members of the Art Club. In late fall, Rhode Island’s Art and Health Network expanded the show to include works by Department of Health staff, and faculty and students from The Pennfield School, Portsmouth. In addition, the 80 masks were exhibited at the Department of Health and the RI State Archives on Broad Street in Providence.

“Creativity is available to each of us and we experience it in profound ways during times of crisis.  The COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception. It has fed the creativity of artists and individuals from across the globe,” said Steven Boudreau, co-chair, RI State Arts and Health Network. “This Conceal/Reveal exhibition has drawn upon the experience, grief, humor and resilience that many Rhode Islanders have endured since the beginning of 2020.”

Exhibit details
Conceal/Reveal Mask Installation, an exhibit of artwork in the shape of a face mask.
Open to the public, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through June 25.
The Atrium Gallery, first floor of the state administration building, One Capitol Hill, Providence

Read more about the following: 
Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill
Rhode Island Art and Health Network
Providence Art Club
RI’s handmade face mask art

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

2019 RI State Asian Art Exhibit opens May 16

Call to Artists for the 2019 State Asian Art Exhibit

RISCA is pleased to announce the 2019 State Asian Art Exhibit co-presented by the India Association of Rhode Island and the Hmong United Association of Rhode Island. The Atrium Gallery was developed to exhibit the work of public artists in the State Capitol Complex. It hosts exhibits on a rotating basis, in partnership with community artists and arts organizations from across the state. The Atrium showcases artwork from a variety of groups from diverse communities. We are pleased to showcase the talent of various artists at the Atrium Gallery @ One Capitol Hill.

These exhibits and receptions have become an important and anticipated event for everyone, as they provide a wonderful venue for a greater appreciation of the artistic talent from various communities.

If you are an artist interested in showing your work,  please send images of artwork and the label information to on or before Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.

Drop off /Installation: Monday, May 6th, 2019 9:00-10:00am
Pick Up: Monday, August 5th, 2019 9:00-10:00am
Gallery Night Reception: Thursday, May 16th, 2019 6:00-8:30pm
Location: William E. Powers Administration Building
One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908

For more information please contact:

Elena Calderón-Patiño
Director, Community Arts Program
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Phone: (401) 222-6996 Web: