GREEN SPACE Gallery features works of RI artists Meris Barreto, Jessica Hines and Kelsey Miller

GREEN SPACE Gallery at TF Green International 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 winter exhibit featuring works by Meris Barreto, Jessica Hines and Kelsey Miller. Exhibit runs through mid-May.

Meris Barreto lives and works in Providence and is a graduate of RISD. Her work engages ideas and materials that seem inherently opposite in nature and are stripped to their basic elements. It is multidisciplinary, combining aspects of sculpture, painting and writing. Ceramics with paper, bronze with stone, glass with metal, and visual with verbal are dualities that are often paired in single works. Learn more, click here.

Jessica Hines is a Rhode Island native and graduate of RISD. She taught art to students in grades pre-K through eight for 23 years in Catholic Schools, and currently teaches both children and adults at her studio Artful Expressions in Warwick. Jess currently lives in West Warwick. Learn more, click here.

Kelsey Miller is a multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies, and is now based in Portsmouth. Her work is guided by everyday cycles—the rapid pace of news and weather, the slow build of archives and observations—toward an iterative practice of recording, altering, accumulating, and distributing that manifests in prints and large-scale installations. Kelsey currently lives in Portsmouth. Learn more, click here.

“RISCA is thrilled to be highlighting three exceptional RI artists at this gallery, which provides travelers coming and going to our state a vision of the creativity here,” Faye Zuckerman, spokesperson for RISCA, said. “It’s a treat for first time visitors and residents to discover RI’s thriving and diverse arts community.”

 The 2022 exhibitors for the GREEN SPACE Gallery were chosen by panelists Darrell Matsumoto, Wakefield, Saman Sajasi, Providence, and Judith Tolnick-Champa, Pawtucket.

To learn more about the airport galleries, click here.

Call for Artists for TF Green Airport and Block Island Airport

“Turbulence” by Fernando Pezzino
RISCA is not accepting applications at this time for the airport galleries.
Check back here on July 1 for more information on the 2024 exhibitions.

Applications to open in late spring for artists for 2024 exhibitions at the Block Island Airport Gallery and GREEN SPACE Gallery at Rhode Island T.F.

The deadline to apply will be Oct. 9, at 11:59 p.m.

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

Eligibility: All participating artists must be R.I. residents. No students please. 
Selection: Artists will be selected for the 2023 exhibitions by a review panel that will include practicing artists, arts professionals and community members. Artists included in upcoming 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 International Airport GREEN SPACE Gallery:
Block Island Airport Gallery:

For more information on the airport galleries, contact Jeff Foye .

New exhibition of Rhode Island artists at T.F. Green Airport opens 

Display goes though May 24

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced a new art exhibition on display at TF Green Airport’s GREEN SPACE Gallery, which RISCA manages on behalf of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC). The new exhibition features works of art by Rhode Island artists Karen Drysdale Harris, of Cranston, Felicia Megginson, of Providence, and Pneuhaus Collective, of Rumford, and will be on display through May 24.

“RISCA is thrilled to be able to continue to highlight RI’s incredible artists through exhibits at the gallery at TF Green Airport. This gallery provides a terrific way to greet travelers by sharing our State’s outstanding creativity and impressing on visitors RI’s thriving arts community—a key economic driver.” 

–Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA, Executive Director

The artists are:

Karen Drysdale Harris, of Cranston, is a Jamaican-born watercolorist and oil painter and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Her primary sources of inspiration are nature and the memory of her Jamaican roots. Karen’s “Doctor Birds-Hummingbirds” uses the banana leaves that she has grown to engage the viewer in experiencing the memories they evoke of her Jamaican childhood on her grandparent’s banana farm. The banana plant symbolizes her memory of her immigrant story of displacement and the comfort she took in the natural world that surrounded her.  

Felicia Megginson is a Providence-based photographic artist who holds an M.A. in Photographic Studies from New York University. Much of her representational imagery is centered in identity as it relates to cultural, societal, and familial pressures that work to form it.  “I use photography as a means of measuring and marking my place in the world, while also documenting the energies that connect and flow through us.”  

The ongoing series “Numinous World” consists of four suites of images that are an extension of this practice. These fractal-like images are ethereal, sensual, macabre and slightly ominous, reflecting her emotional state since the passing of both parents in 2016 and 2018, and the oppressive uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic. For Megginson, simply “being” in natural spaces provides restorative and grounding energy, and this series is her extension of that grounding to anyone who views her work.  

Pneuhaus Collective, of East Providence, is an art & design collective that builds with light, fabric, and air to create experiential inflatable environments and sculptures. Every Pneuhaus project is approached as an opportunity to investigate the fundamental properties of perceptual experience⎼-space, light, color, sound⎼- to incite curiosity and wonder. Driven by a spirit of experimentation, they continue to build on the visionary legacy of inflatable architecture’s history by centering a utopian edge in creating spaces for social joy and collaboration. 

Exhibitors for GREEN SPACE were chosen by pane lists Kathy Hodge, Viera Levitt and Frank Poor. 

GREEN SPACE Gallery and Block Island Airport Gallery are a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promoting 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.   

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) 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. 

Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) operates T.F. Green Airport and the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island. A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with RISCA several public art commissions for T. F. Green and Block Island airports.