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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

RI Arts Council Refutes Claims In Report Calling For Its Elimination

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.

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Century-Old Painting Discovered on Ceiling of Newport Mansion

Salve Regina University

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:

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RI History
8:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Statue Of Revolutionary Thomas Dorr Unveiled At The Statehouse

Statue of Thomas Dorr, at Statehouse unveiling.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State officials unveiled a lifelike statue Tuesday of one of the most important figures in Rhode Island history.

The statue of Thomas Dorr was celebrated during an afternoon ceremony outside the Senate chamber at the Statehouse.

State historian Patrick Conley calls Dorr the second most significant figure, after Roger Williams, in Rhode Island history.

Dorr led a rebellion in the early 1840s that led to expanded voting rights. Before the so-called Dorr Rebellion, only property owners were able to vote.

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Arts & Culture
10:27 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Rhode Islander Hopes To Immortalize Cartoon Dog In Providence

Logo for the Fox show "Family Guy" set in Rhode Island.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

As you may or may not know, the TV show “Family Guy” killed off the family dog Brian Griffin. Thousands of fans are petitioning online to bring Brian back.

But one Providence resident is hoping to do more.

"Let’s strike while the iron is hot, and get a really dope statue in the city of Providence," said David Rocha in his online plea to get a statue in Providence.  

That really dope statue he wants is of everyone’s favorite sarcastic martini swilling cartoon dog, Brian Griffin.

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Arts & Culture
8:40 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Rhode Island Airports: Galleries for Local Artists

The gallery space at TF Green Airport.
Credit Courtesy RISCA

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.

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RI News
3:43 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

RISD and RI Hospital Conduct Art Exhbition

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.

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Local Features
7:53 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Artscape: Novel Tells of Grief and Love in Two Eras

Author Ann Hood hails from Rhode Island, and part of her new book is set in Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch

In this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay sits down with author and Rhode Islander Ann Hood to talk about her latest novel, The Obituary Writer.  

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Arts & Culture
8:59 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Lists Take the Spotlight at RISD Museum

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.

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Arts & Culture
5:13 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

RISD Recieves $1M Gift to Foster Partnership with India

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

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Arts & Culture
8:59 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Helping Artists Manage Finances

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is offering a program to help artists tackle their finances. The program originates from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

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