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.

Now On Exhibit at the Block Island Airport Gallery: Artist Kate Aitchison

The gallery at the Block Island Airport, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), announced the opening of its spring exhibit featuring works by contemporary artist Kate Aitchison. Aitchison’s art focuses on print media incorporating her handmade paper, and the prints will be on display through June 21.

Kate Aitchison is an artist, who lives and works in Providence and Utah. Her work is centered around the ideas of landscape and the human interventions in the natural landscape, especially regarding the manipulation of water and ecologies. Working with paper she makes herself from invasive plant species and recycled materials collected from site specific areas, she utilizes the medium of printmaking to work though iterations of landscapes changed by human actions.

Aitchison has a BA in Studio Art from Colorado College and an MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently a professor of art at Colorado College and RISD, and hosts workshops throughout the country including the Telluride Ah Ha School for the Arts, Prescott College, AS220 and more. She has shown work nationally including exhibitions at Brown University, Costal Carolina University in Conway, SC, and The Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico. In addition to her exhibition at the Block Island Airport Gallery, her artwork can be found at the Jamestown Art Center, RI.

“On behalf of the RI State Council on the arts, we are excited to have Kate’s creativity and talents on display at the Block Island Airport. The gallery at the airport is a beautiful space well suited for a solo show.”

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of RISCA

The exhibitor for the Block Island Gallery was chosen by panelists Kathy Hodge, East Providence, Viera Levitt, Wakefield, and Frank Poor, Wakefield.

The GREEN SPACE Gallery at TF Green Airport and the Block Island Airport Gallery, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promote 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.

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. Visit www.arts.ri.gov for more information.

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F. Green Airport, the Block Island Airport and four other 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.