Links: Arts Resources

This is where we list arts resources in Providence and beyond. If you don’t see a venue that you love, or if a link is broken, contact us.

Individual Artists

Rebecca Adams :: Paintings and photos under the name StashVamps.

Allison Cole :: Illustration, comics, textiles and cut-paper artwork.

Michael Colette :: Silkscreen posters and drawings in the – can I say the Providence Style? Well then, I said it.

Jean Cozzens / Secret Door :: More great silkscreen art and posters, with an emphasis on architecture. She did the poster an cover art for Robin Amer’s cd. Working on a subscription poster series right now.

Shawn Gilheeney :: Stencil art and local installations.

GunSho :: Gunsho is an art moniker for James Quigley, doing fantastical renderings and illustrations.

Kate Sanders-Fleming :: Large-scale printmaking / urban art project.

ScribbleMedia :: Site of documentarian Robert Fantinatto, who produced Echoes of Forgotten Places, a film that promises to bring the past alive, illuminate the present, and point a cautionary way towards the future.

Alec Thibodeau :: Great silkscreen art and illustrative style. Commissioned work for AS220, the Red Fez, Action Speaks and plenty of his own art as well.

Filmakers and Curators

Magic Lantern Cinema :: Local curator of the strange and wonderful films… some locally made, some more national and obscure. Check the site for schedule.

Photographers – Local

Kryzstyna Caldarone :: Kryststyna owns and manages Krzystyna Harber Photography, a modern photo studio located in Smith Hill, Providence that offers a variety of services.

Erik Gould :: Personal work, business work, and the fabulous camera obscura.

Stephanie Izzo :: Fine art photography of people and places. We like her downtown section, as well as “mood”, which is of Sockanossett.

Scott Lapham :: Large format photography and founder of the AS220 Darkroom

Jaime Lowe :: Local 35mm photography.

Frank Mullin :: Photographer for himself, but also the Pheonix, Prov Monthly, Providence Journal, Brown University, etc...

Paul Shelasky :: “I live in Providence and am a photographer who enjoys photographing the city and its buildings. I shoot in black and white and print my own work at home.”

Emily Walter :: A fascination with the buildings that no one thinks about... gas stations, transformer sheds, dumpsters, plus random shrubbery and tacit observations of drive-by culture.

Photographers – National

Jeremy Ashkenas :: Photos of Providence taken fall 2007. There’s plenty of urban decay, among other things.

Rob Dobi / New England Ruins :: Great, great photos of abandoned mental institutions and other sites. Great URL name, too.

Pogus Caesar :: Photographer based in the UK. Amazing large abandoned spaces documented in black and white.

Local Arts Resources

Arts and Business Council, RI :: The A&BC/RI is an arts service organization that works to promote cultural and economic growth through leadership, partnerships, and programs that link the arts and business sectors. Through its local and national programs, the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island will continue to recruit and bring expertise, resources, educational opportunities and leadership talent from the business world to build the capacity of the state’s non-profit arts and cultural organizations.< :: Ocean State Lawyers for the Arts is the Rhode Island Chapter of the Volunteer Lawyers Assocation, and has been serving the local arts community since 1984. Operated in conjunction with the law office of David M. Spatt, OSLA provides pro buono hours to many local and southern New England artist and arts organizations. Their website is a source of information incredibly useful to artists of all disciplines.

Community MusicWorks :: A community-based organization offering programs that build relationships between urban families and professional musicians in the South Side, West End, Elmwood, and Olneyville neighborhoods of Providence, Rhode Island. Our programs are anchored by the permanent residency of the Providence String Quartet. All four members teach music to young people, perform in the community, mentor students, and organize community musical events for students and their families.

New Urban Arts :: New Urban Arts is a non-profit organization that programs after-school arts mentoring groups for Providence high school students. Volunteers and art-mentors are always in need and greatly appreciated. Gallery/store/learning center located on Westminster Street across from Classical and Central high schools in the West End, and has a rotation of student art and music for display and for sale.

Experience Pawtucket :: A new site that showcases Pawtucket as a great place to live, work and visit! Experience Pawtucket is a clearinghouse of information about Pawtucket’s many attractions, resources and people.

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative :: PAC promotes the arts in Pawtucket through open studios and shows at their own gallery space, as well as offering space to members on their website.

Mudstone Studios :: Founded by ceramic sculptor, Ellen Blomgren, Mudstone Studios opens its doors to artists in need of workspace, professional equipment and exhibition space. Mudstone offers opportunities to teach and to attend professional workshops. Weekly classes as well as seasonal sessions are available.

RI Citizens for the Arts :: RICA is a membership organization, functioning off of support from arts organizations and individual memberships, with the main goal being to work to secure financial resources and benefits for artists and the art community. Basically, they lobby at the State House and try to provide a voice for the arts. They are also trying to get involved in different types of benefits as well, like the individual health insurance issues.

RI Council for the Humanities :: The mission of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) is to inspire and support intellectual curiosity and imagination in all Rhode Islanders through lifelong learning in the humanities. RICH carries out this mission by awarding grants and implementing programs which:

  • Animate public understanding of the value of the humanities
  • Provoke thoughtful conversation, dialogue, and debate
  • Invite, produce, and protect new ideas
  • Acknowledge and embrace untapped audiences
  • Explore and promote civic responsibility
  • Sustain an eagerness to learn
  • Strengthen applicants' institutional capacity
  • Stimulate and nurture strategic partnerships between the academy and the public.

Guided by the belief that study of the humanities is central to the daily life and work of a free and diverse people, RICH has awarded more than $2.5 million to community and academic organizations in support of a wide range of public humanities programs since its founding in 1973. RICH grant programs and other activities are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from corporations, foundations, organizations and individuals, as well as the State of Rhode Island.

RI State Council on the Arts :: The 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. Twice a year are their application deadlines for individual artists grants.

National Arts Resources

Arts Resource Network, Seattle :: Once under the umbrella of the Seattle Arts Commision, the Arts Resource Network has grown into a great model of a statewide resource for people in the arts. Many of their links are for national organizations, so there is some points of interest in this site for people outside of the Washington area.

CoreIndex :: B2B Arts crafts trade lead portal designed to provide trade leads for USA sellers and buyers of import export companies, wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers, as well as government agencies. We are enabling better research into markets, consumers and societies worldwide.

Fractured Atlas :: “provides services, resources and support to liberate a nation of artists’, including tools in healthcare, publicity, legal assistance and fiscal sponsorship.

New York Foundation for the Arts :: A great resource for those heading to New York or simply keeping their sites on areas outside our little state. A compendium of a lot of information for individuals and organizations.

US Artists Report :: This site contains information from the Investing in Creativity study, a national research initiative about the various factors that enable artists to pursue their careers – artists’ support programs, policy initiatives, and characteristics of place, among other issues. The study was conducted by the Urban Institute with support from 38 public- and private-sector funders. It also includes links to related research projects and initiatives.

World Wide Arts Resources :: Listings of and links to a wide variety of arts publications. Compiled by World Wide Arts Resources. (Are they trying to tell us something with their acronym, WWAR?)