The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is taking umbrage with a new report claiming taxpayers are paying for tasteless and offensive art.
The report from the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity claims taxpayer money was used to fund an erotic holiday party, underwear art, and an international film festival that shows movies some would consider “depraved.” But RISCA refutes those claims saying it didn’t fund any party or underwear art, but gave a grant a few years ago to an artist mentioned in a blog about those events.
A huge, century-old painted canvas was discovered in Newport, hidden under two layers of paint on the ceiling of a Salve Regina University building. Visiting conservators were scraping off a layer of ceiling paint when they accidentally exposed the work of art underneath.
Salve Regina professor and chair of university’s cultural and historic preservation program Robert Russell described the moment of discovery:
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is taking submissions from local artists for gallery space at TF Green and the Block Island airport.
An airport might not be the first venue that comes to mind when one thinks of an art gallery. But both the Block Island Airport and TF Green have set aside space to highlight the work of Rhode Island artists. Now the state’s arts council is looking for work to fill those spaces next year.
RISD and Rhode Island Hospital are running an exhibition where 11 artists display their creative works inspired by biomedical research.
Carrefour: Intersections of Biomedical Research and Art is hosted by Lifespan and RISD. This collection celebrates Rhode Island Hospital’s 150th anniversary.
RISD’s Director of Government Relations, Babette Allina, is an independent artist showing in the exhibition. She describes how the gallery showcases various pieces that have their own, individual background.
The humble list is the focus of a new exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum. The lists provide added insight into the artists who kept them.
The RISD Museum has on display a collection of 80 lists, most of them written by artists. The collection is on loan from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. The most prominent artist featured is Pablo Picasso. A yellowed four-by six-inch piece of paper contains his recommendations of artists for a 1913 exhibition.
The Rhode Island School of Design has received a private donation of $1M to fund international relationships. RIPR’s John Bender has more.
A $1M donation coming from Bangalore, India to RISD is the largest international gift the school has ever received. The money will be used to fund a visiting faculty position, specifically, artists and scholars connected to India.
RISD has had study abroad programs to India, and Provost Rosanne Somerson is excited to now bring scholars from India to RISD