The art of the state’s FY22 budget cover

Photo of a boat tethered to a dock with ropes. The back of the boat says Hope on it.

Rhode Island photographer Stephanie Izzo, North Kingstown, took charge of the striking nautical-themed FY2022 budget book cover, Hope – Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, R.I. The cover is a longtime partnership between the State Budget Office and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to feature original art that tells the story of our state and is created by an RI resident.

Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA’s Executive Director, expressed his appreciation for the Arts Council’s collaboration with the State Budget Office. “This partnership gives us an opportunity to connect art to one of our state’s most significant public documents,” said Rosenbaum. “This year we managed to choose a wonderful work by a Rhode Island artist that perfectly frames our state’s mood – Hope – as we begin to emerge from a year-long pandemic.”

“We value opportunities to collaborate with RISCA and are extremely fortunate to have the agency’s strong relationships with artists in Rhode Island,” said Robert Dulski, public information officer, Department of Administration.

About Stephanie Izzo: After spending nearly a decade in New York, establishing herself with a bestselling postcard line and publishing her Rhode Island photography book, Ocean Sites & City Lights, Izzo returned to the Narragansett Bay area of Rhode Island, where she currently resides. While her work has taken her to places as diverse as South Africa, Paris and Peru, Stephanie’s heart always brings her back to her native Ocean State, where she finds peace and renewal. She can most often be found at the water’s edge, collecting sea-glass and other beach treasures, with her young son.  Learn more, visit