RISCA to commission public art for Garrahy Judicial Complex 

The free application process is open through Feb. 15  

 The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is requesting qualifications for a new public art commission for the Garrahy Judicial Complex parking garage, which is located at 1 Dorrance St., Providence. The deadline is Feb. 15, and the applications will be reviewed by a public art selection panel.  

Without belying the dignity of the court, artwork that is colorful, bright, cheerful, calming and/or soothing would be appropriate. The selection panelists indicated that applicants should consider how the artwork is viewed from both inside and outside the courthouse. The Courthouse is used by approximately 3,500 people daily and has 400 employees. 

Through a competitive selection process, one artist or team of artists will be chosen to create a large-scale temporary mural, which will be on display for 5 years. This is a national call open to all artists. Students are excluded. There is no fee to apply, and the budget has been set at $98,000.  All information and the application can be found online at by clicking HERE

The courthouse is adjacent to the Providence Innovation and Design District, which encompasses land made available during the relocation of I-195, and may change significantly because of its adjacency . Besides visitors to the courthouse, the parking garage mural will be highly visible to residents, visitors, hotel guests, and those employed in the area. The façade is visible from multiple vantage points throughout the city.  For more information, contact Faye Zuckerman.  

“Public art is a proven way to enliven a community. A blank wall is just a blank wall, but put a mural on that wall and it adds visual interest and excitement to a neighborhood or business district. We look forward to commissioning work that will contribute to the Garrahy Courthouse and its surrounding community.” 

  –Randall Rosenbaum
Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

About the RI Public Art Law: Artwork for the Garrahy Judicial Complex will be commissioned by RISCA through Rhode Island’s Public Art Law, which mandates that 1 percent of all state capital construction and renovation funds be allocated to the purchase and maintenance of public art. Through this program the State recognizes that “public art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens.”  



Two RFQs for Public Art Commissions

Bowling Green State University — Technology Building
Percent for Art Commission 

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is inviting Ohio and national artists to submit up to nine (9) digital images of past work for the BGSU – Technology Building Percent for Art Project commission.  The College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering supports diverse students and faculty through an encouraging learning environment, experiential opportunities, and a culture of applied research and professional service. The artwork for the new BGSU Technology building should act as a gateway or ”front door” for this part of campus. The committee is looking to commission an outdoor art work that could act as a gathering place.

Kent State University — Design Innovation Hub
Percent for Art Commission 

Kent State University (KSU) invites Ohio and national artists to submit up to nine (9) digital images of past work for the Design Innovation Hub Percent for Art project commission. The project will complete a major renovation of the old art building originally designed by Australian architect John Andrews in 1971. Called the ”Design Innovation Hub” (DI HUB), the $44.9 million project will completely transform the entire building into a vibrant center of activity for design thinking and include a 350-seat dining facility to bring additional vibrancy to the building.  The artwork will be located outside of the building on a site adjacent to the university’s Lester A. Lefton Esplanade. The location will have strong pedestrian interaction and will establish a visual and physical connection to the building and Design Innovation as a concept.

Deadline: May 17th. For more information and to apply, click here.

Call For Chemical Poetry

04The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the University of Rhode Island are pleased to announce the opening of an interactive public artwork by internationally known artist Erwin Redl at the Beaupre Center For Chemical and Forensic Sciences, 140 Flagg Road, Kingston, Rhode Island on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Unable to attend the opening? Participate anytime by submitting poetry online as part of the artwork. Redl requests that you create poems exclusively using the symbols of the periodic table. If selected, your poem will stream across the installation at URI and online via webcams. Read more