New exhibits open in the art galleries at Block Island and T.F. Green International airports

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) today announced new art exhibitions have opened in the galleries at Block Island and Rhode Island T.F. Green International airports. The galleries are a partnership between RISCA and the RI Airport Corporation (RIAC).

GREEN SPACE at T.F. Green International features works by three Providence-based artists, Marjorie Hellman, Keri King and Wesley Sanders. Bristol-based artist Kevin Calisto’s artwork is on display at the Block Island Airport. Both exhibits will close on Jan. 15.

Additionally, RISCA is currently accepting applications for artists for 2022 exhibits at both airport galleries. The entry deadline is Sunday, Oct. 10, at 11:59 p.m.

The call for artists will consider artists who work in all media and applicants must be Rhode Island residents. No students, please. To apply and read more, click here.

“By highlighting RI artists, RISCA’s airport galleries provide travelers 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, representing more than $2 billion in economic activity,” said Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA’s Executive Director.

About the artist at Block Island Airport

Kevin Calisto is an artist and educator whose work explores fragmented nature, imaginary landscapes and investigating memories of the past and present. He works in a variety of media including painting, printmaking and drawing, which traverses the worlds of brilliant color and enigmatic monochrome. His work has been exhibited through galleries in the New England region and at TF Green International Airport. A passionate educator, Kevin has taught at the K-12 and college level for several years. He is currently a teacher of art at Tiverton High School. To learn more, click here.

About the artists at T.F. Green International Airport

Marjorie Hellman grew up between Philadelphia and New York. Her passion for looking at art led her to study at Rhode Island School of Design, (European Honors Program, BFA Painting, 1971) and Cranbrook Academy of Art, (Graduate Painting Program). After completing an MFA at Syracuse University, she remained in upstate New York for over 25 years, teaching studio art on the college level, and exhibiting throughout the Northeast. In 1999, she moved to Asheville, N.C., where her studio practice and exhibition opportunities continued until they were interrupted by a serious cervical spine injury caused by a car accident. In 2012, she moved to Providence. Learn more, click here.

Keri King is an artist, designer and storyteller based in Providence. With her whimsical, picture book-ready characters that pop up on city buildings to greet each viewer on a human scale, she uses public art as a forum to elicit play and to reflect community narratives. King’s multi-media murals and installations have been featured at the Providence Public Library, AS220, Dirt Palace, PVDfest, and Pawtucket Arts Festival. King also translates her love of visual world-building into stage design at the Wilbury Theatre Group, where she is an ongoing artist-in-residence. Keri King graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. King recently joined the faculty at the Gordon School. Learn more, click here.

Wesley Sanders is an interdisciplinary artist and designer whose work seeks to rethink our assumptions of the built environment. Through painting, sculpture, installation, furniture and exhibition design, he centers space making as the primary vehicle for stimulating imagination, building community and creating change. He was born and raised in Shepherdstown, W.V., before receiving a BFA from Brown University. He holds a Master of Design in Exhibition and Narrative Environments from the Rhode Island School of Design. He currently lives and works in Providence. Learn more, click here.

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

RISCA staff members assist in navigating the FY22 fall grant application process

Get your questions to staff prior to 6 p.m. on deadline day– October. 1. The portal closes at 11:59 p.m.

Click here to sign up for open office hours on Oct. 1.

Our helpful and friendly RISCA staff can assist you with your grant application needs. In addition, we are available to meet with you about your grant ideas. We are offering grant writing and budgeting workshops, drop-in hours and one on one meetings during August and September so you can meet our Oct. 1 deadline.

In addition to open office hours on Oct. 1, the staff is available for schedule meetings throughout the open granting period.

How to schedule a one-on-one meeting

Arts Access Grant

Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, will be holding one-on-one virtual meetings for nonprofit organizations interested in Arts Access Grants organizations. He will answer any questions you have about the grant program. He can also help you with the budget forms; review any specific answers you’ve written; or any other assistance you need with your grant application.

You can sign up for either a 30 minute or 1-hour meeting slot. To schedule a meeting with Todd, click here.

If none of the dates or times listed works for you, email Todd at todd.trebour@arts.ri.gov for alternate date or time.

Project Grants in Education and Individuals in Education

Maggie Anderson, Director of Arts In Education, will be holding one-on-one meetings for nonprofit organizations, artists and schools interested in Project Grants in Education for Individual.

For more information and to schedule a meeting to assist you with your grant application, email Maggie Anderson at Maggie.Anderson@arts.ri.gov.

Fellowships

Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, will be holding one-on-one virtual meetings for artists interested in fellowships for individual artists. She will be answering any questions you have about the grant program.

You can sign up for drop-in hours with Mollie. Here is a listing of Mollie’s meetings. Please sign up in advance for the following drop-in hours.

For office hours for Fellowships, please sign up in advance by clicking here.

Folk Arts Fellowships and Apprenticeships

Elena Calderón Patiño, Community Arts Program Director, will hold meetings for artists and culture organizations interested in folk arts. The folk arts are defined as those artistic practices which are community or family-based and express that community’s aesthetic heritage and tradition.

For more information and to schedule a meeting, contact Elena.Patino@arts.ri.gov.

Project Grants in Healthcare

For more information on Project Grants in Healthcare, contact Randall.Rosenbaum@arts.ri.gov.

Call for Artists for TF Green Airport and Block Island Airport

“Turbulence” by Fernando Pezzino.

The GREEN SPACE Gallery at T.F. Green Airport and the gallery at Block Island Airport are accepting applications for artists to exhibit in their 2022 exhibitions. The galleries are a partnership between the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) and RISCA. It promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The spaces will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

Works in all media will be considered. Note: GREEN SPACE includes several large walls and open spaces that are particularly suitable for large-scale works, while the Block Island Airport Gallery is best suited for modestly sized artworks.

Eligibility: All participating artists must be RI residents. No students please.
Entry Deadline: October 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
Selection: Artists will be selected for the 2022 exhibitions by a review panel that will include practicing artists, arts professionals and community members. Artists included in the 2022 exhibitions will receive a $300 stipend for participating in the program.

Note: Artists are encouraged to apply to the gallery, even if they have applied in previous years and not been selected. Artists who have exhibited previously are ineligible for new consideration for a period of two years.

GREEN SPACE selects nine artists to exhibit in three group shows per year. Block Island Airport Gallery hosts one-artist exhibitions four times per year.

If selected, artists agree to suitably frame, wire or otherwise prepare their artwork for display at their own expense. Artwork is hung at the gallery coordinator’s discretion, and the coordinator reserves the right of final selection of artwork and approval of installation. Artwork is not insured by the galleries during exhibition; artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance. Artwork may be listed for sale if desired, and any sales are direct without commission to the galleries.

To apply: follow these links:
TF Green Greenspace Gallery: https://forms.gle/SdFoTKX9fJEELUDs8
Block Island Airport Gallery: https://forms.gle/R7dSmXyidSMaupip8

To learn more about this opportunity and view photos of the exhibition space, please visit: https://risca.online/resources/airport-galleries/ and the Public Art Archive. To view the Public Archive, search on Rhode Island State Council on the Arts after clicking here.

Address any questions to Jeff Foye .