Call for Artists for R.I. State Police Southern Barracks

Deadline for submission is May 1, 2023

RISCA has announced a new public art commission for exterior artwork for the new R.I. State Police Southern Barracks to be built in West Greenwich. The budget for the artwork is $100,000 with an application deadline of May 1, 2023.

The Call is open to working artists, who reside in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and New York. Undergraduate students are excluded.

Created in 1925, the Rhode Island State Police’s mission is to fulfill the law enforcement needs of the people with the highest degree of fairness, professionalism and integrity. The new Southern Barracks will be 35,000 square feet of Barracks to consolidate services in the southern portion of the state.

The State Police barracks of Hope Valley and Wickford have a history of deep connection to the local communities they serve. As a result, the art selection committee noted that the artwork could create a welcoming atmosphere and might make a connection to the community.

Artists are invited to submit their qualifications digitally through the online platform CaFÉ, at You can also view the prospectus, by clicking here.

Not familiar with CaFÉ? Assistance for Rhode Island artists is available by appointment with Molly Dickinson, Director of Public Art & Cultural Facilities Program, at

Calling All Portrait Artists!

Every year RISCA receives requests for referrals. We are looking to build a comprehensive state-wide roster of artists working in different disciplines as a resource. This month we are focusing on artists who specialize in Portraiture. Create or update your CreativeGround profile today- be sure to provide your Rhode Island address, contact information, images of your work, website if available, and most importantly include the word Portraits in the description field in order to be found in Search inquiries. Register today! to be considered for future inquiries

CreativeGround is New England’s community-generated, free, online arts and culture directory that provides visibility, connection, and information to support a region-wide creative network. Completely free to use, this is a great tool for artists to showcase their work and indicate what jobs/gigs/comissions they are available for. CreativeGround is operated by the New England Foundation for the Arts, our regional arts agency.

NEFA has created an introductory video to help get you started. If you want assistance in creating or updating your profile, you can schedule a virtual 30 minute meeting with someone from NEFA’s CreativeGround team: They have office hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

POSTPONED: Application Office Hours- Public Art at RIC

These office hours have been postponed. Please reach out to Molly Dickinson with any questions about the application at

Interested in applying for the public art commissions at Rhode Island College’s Horace Mann Hall? Do you have questions about the opportunity, the state’s public art program, the selection process, or how to apply?

RISCA staff will be on hand in the lobby to answer questions on two dates:

January 23rd, 4-6pm
January 26th, 5-7pm

Horace Mann Hall at Rhode Island College, College Road off 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence. Parking available Lot K in front of building.

About this Call:
RISCA and Rhode Island College will commission two artworks for the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development’s Horace Mann Hall, through the State’s Allocations for Art for Public Facilities Act; an exterior artwork with a budget of $100,000 and an interior artwork with a budget of $35,000. The interior commission is restricted to Rhode Island artists only; emerging artists are encouraged to apply. The deadline is February 6th, and the application is free to submit.

More information is available on the RISCA blog ; application is available on