Call for entry for a portrait artist for official portrait of RI’s former Governor Raimondo

Call for artists interested in painting former Governor and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo’s official portrait

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is GinaRaimondo2015.jpgThe Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), on behalf of Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, is issuing a call for artists for the commission of the official painted portrait of the former Governor and current Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. A commission fee of $50,000 will be offered, with additional stipends to cover travel, crating and shipping of the finished work. This commission must be complete on or before November 2022.

Rhode Island State Law Chapter 37-8-9 calls for the commissioning of an official portrait of each Rhode Island Governor.

Artists interested in being considered for the commission should visit the online application, by clicking here. Only applications submitted through, the web-based artist application portal, will be reviewed.

This commission is an opportunity to capture the unique and historic nature of the first woman governor of our state. Rhode Island artists, women artists, artists of color and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, RI State Council on the Arts


Artists will be asked to submit a resume and to upload six digital images of previous work relevant to this commission. Interested artists have until June 30, 2021, to submit samples of their work through the online system.

All digital images must be accompanied by the following:

  • A list showing the name of the artist.
  • The title of the work or subject.
  • Medium, size and year.
  • Completed and whether the work was commissioned. (If a commission, provide details.)

Commerce Secretary Raimondo will choose an artist from among these submissions, and a commission will be offered for an official portrait of not less than 29 x 25 inches and not more than 114 x 74 inches in size with the frame included. The artist chosen will be required to work with and receive direction from the Secretary of Commerce regarding certain aspects of this commission, and work with the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission with respect to the framing of the finished portrait.

Note: Please do not submit material for this call through anything other than the online application process. Neither RISCA nor the state of Rhode Island is responsible for damage or loss of materials submitted to this office.

Original works of art will not be accepted as part of the review process.

Online applications must be submitted on or before June 30, 2021. We anticipate that a decision will be made by no later than December 2021.

For further information,  contact Randall Rosenbaum at No phone inquires.

Call for entry: Deconstruct a classic work and re-invent it through another medium

‘Not a forgery show’ deadline call for entry extended to May 7

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 2021-ReComposedClassics-3X3-extension.jpgThe Wickford Art Association (WAA) will introduce a new exhibit through Re-Composed Classics where member and non-member artists exhibit works based on classic pieces but re-invent them through modifications to media, subject and more.  By encouraging artists to deconstruct known works by others to re-compose through their own personal hand, style and creativity, the sky is the limit!

The exhibit opens on Friday- June 11 and all media is accepted with works representing styles/genres beginning with the letter “A”– expect works that are Abstract, Avant-Garde, Arabesque, Architectural, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, etc.

The CALL for ENTRY for this exhibit has been EXTENDED through Friday- May 7.

Smithsonian puts out a call for vaccine and US poster art

Deadline is April 21 with rolling acceptance following

The Smithsonian has put out a call for artists and designers to submit artwork to support vaccine education. All artists are welcome—from crayon to creative professional.

The initiative, “Vaccines and US: Cultural Organizations for Community Health,” will select works for use on posters, social media and promotional materials. Artwork will be displayed on the “Vaccines and US” website and made available for free download by the public and all participating cultural organizations.

Deadline is April 21 with rolling acceptance after April 21. Link to entry form.