Nov. 7, 2023

Image: Trumpet Mushrooms, 2023 colored pencil,12" x 12"/Angel Beth Smith

New Exhibition featuring the work of Angel Beth Smith

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Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill

Opening Reception

Thursday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Meet the Artist

 Thursday, Dec. 7, noon-1 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public

The latest exhibit, called The Natural, at the Atrium Gallery is now open and features nature-inspired weavings and drawings by Indigenous artist Angel Beth Smith.

“As an Indigenous artist there is within me a natural affinity to embrace that which comes from the earth as sacred," said Smith. "Because of this sacred affinity I often choose to work with media that complement the environment."

Official Bio (provided by artist)

Angel Beth Smith is the Creative Services Manager for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in the Public Affairs Department. She was born and raised in Providence and is a proud citizen of the Narragansett Tribe. From a young age, she was determined to become a professional artist and musician. Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in textile design, from RISD. 

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Teaching Roster to add 12 artists

This month RISCA welcomes 12 new teaching artists to our official Teaching Artist Roster. We are excited to have these folks join our teaching artist roster. To learn more about these artists and others who are available to work in all different kinds of education settings, check out RISCA's Teaching Artist Roster on the New England Foundation of the Arts’ CreativeGround website. .


  • Beth Adoette, Pawtucket, is an artist and certified eco-art wellness professional. who creates and facilitates nature mandala workshops for groups, schools, and workplaces.
  • Sarah Ashley, Cranston, is an underground, multidisciplinary artist who has been practicing and learning different techniques of playwrighting, painting, writing, and performing poetry for the past 15 years.
  • Carolina Briones, Cranston, is Ecuadorian, and a painter who uses oil and acrylic techniques and works with adults and special seniors.
  • Tamara Diaz, Providence, visual artist, designer and social worker. The colorful tropi-pop style uses symbols in the form of a visual narrative. 
  • Julia Gandrud, Providence, is an artist and educator who writes articles, blogs, and fiction.
  • Brooke Erin Goldstein, North Providence, works in quilted room installations or narrative-based wall pieces and small sculptures. The focus is on creating a visual for the complex emotions we experience in all types of situations and relationships.
  • Katie Gui (she/her), Providence, primarily works as a screen printer and arts educator.
  • Karen Isenberg, Providence, is a musician who focuses on creating a love and appreciation of music in early childhood (ages 0-5) through play, creative movement, and improvisation while building foundational tonal and rhythmic skills.
  • Steven Knapp, Providence, is an interdisciplinary artist mainly working with printmaking and sculpture techniques. Knapp is trained in Japanese papermaking.
  • Nada Samih-Rotondo, Providence, is a multi-genre creative writer and educator.
  • Erica Woods, East Providence, is a singer, songwriter, and performance artist.
  • Chloe Zimmerman, Providence, is an artist and educator working across analogue film, video, installation, drawing, language art, and collaborative learning and making across disciplines.

Call for Artists

R.I. Office of the State Medical Examiner

Nov. 13 deadline is nearing

Artwork for the new R.I. Office of State Medical Examiners will be commissioned by the Department of Capital Asset, Management and Maintenance on behalf of the R.I. Department of Health and RISCA through our Public Art Law. Through the program, the State recognizes that “public art creates a more humane environment: One of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens.”

  • Budget: $35,000.
  • Deadline: Nov. 13.
  • Eligibility: Rhode Island residents.

All information and application are found on

Self-Care Day for Teaching Artists 

Space is still available

Sunday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Shri Studio, 390 Pine St., Pawtucket

The self-care day is for teaching artists who work in education and health settings to gather in person. We invite you to spend the day or part of your day to rest, reset and recharge. There will be artist-facilitated sessions and unstructured time to be alone or connect with other teaching artists.

Lunch is provided. Free parking is available behind the building, and the event is walking distance from train station. Free with pre-registration. RSVP Required.

We have limited space. If you are unable to spend the whole day with us, sign up for only the sessions you can attend.

  • Narrative Comics Visual Journaling as Self-Reflection with Nat Brennan, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Reposo Hour with Sussy Santana and Wendy Grossman, 12:30-1:45 p.m. 
  • Djembe Session with Sidy Maiga. 2-3:15 p.m.

Assets for Artists Workshops

Sign up today; space is limited

Assets for Artists, a program of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), announced its free fall virtual workshops for Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts' artists.

Online Workshops

  • Creating A Sustainable Financial Ecosystem As An Artist: Hadassah Damien: Thursday, Nov. 16, noon-2 p.m., Conn. and R.I. 
  • An Introduction to Cooperatives in the Arts with Daniel Park: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m., Conn. and R.I.

Studios Residency at Mass MoCA closes, Nov. 8

The deadline is nearing for applications for a residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA, from June to December 2024. Artists receive space and time for their work.

Financial aid and fellowship opportunities are available. 

To apply and learn more.

Applications open for Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities

Big Read: An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest, grants support community reading programs designed around a single Big Read book. The goal of this program is to inspire meaningful conversations, celebrate local creativity, elevate a wide variety of voices and perspectives, and build stronger connections in each community.

Grants Range: $5,000 to $20,000 each.

Intent to Apply: Jan. 10.

Final Applications: Jan. 24. 

Shakespeare in American Communities: Also, in partnership with the NEA and Arts Midwest, the matching-grant program supports high-quality productions and educational activities to engage young audiences throughout the United States.

Grants Range: $15,000 to $25,000.

Intent to Apply: Jan. 25.

Final Applications: Feb. 8.

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