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Smash Spring Fine Arts Festival (Castle Pines, CO) – Call For Artists

Smash Spring Fine Arts Festival (Castle Pines, CO) – Call For Artists

Smash in the Square announces a call for artists for the Smash Spring Fine Arts Festival 2020. In the heart of Castle Pines Village, one of the wealthiest and most affluent neighborhoods in Colorado. A highly selective, upper-echelon, pristine outdoor fine art exhibit showcasing top-tier national artists.

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Deadline: 7 Feb 2020

Smash in the Square has the upmost concern for meeting the best interests and needs of working artists (their promoter has 13+ years of experience participating as an artist on the festival circuit). They love giving back to the communities they serve.

Smash Spring Fine Arts Festival conjoining fine arts auction is free to artists including pre-event online + live-event bidding. The auction is value-retentive (artists set own high-minimum bids), 80% of bid-sales will be given back to artists, and 20% will be donated to a local charity.

Direct-mailing to all surrounding homes in Castle Pines and other affluent neighborhoods in Douglas County, Colorado targeting art collectors, outdoor signage, flyers, social-media, magazine publications, email-blasts, and newsletters. After a successful first year at this venue everyone is gearing up for a fantastic second annual event. Expect great crowds and sales.

About Smash in the Square

Smash in the Square has done incredible philanthropic work over the years around the state of Colorado, helping fellow businesses raise thousands of dollars plus expanding and building their networks and relationships through partnerships, sponsorships, and fundraising events. In addition to running outdoor art festivals, they put together many gallery and indoor exhibitions. For example, a silent art auction giving back 100% of the bid-sales to participating artists. They had live violin music, fine-catering, and a great turn-out. Their mission is to bring the quality and prestige of gallery presentation to the world of outdoor art festivals in order to attract a higher-end, more targeted collector clientele.

For more information, contact anthony@smashinthesquarefestival.com.

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Ad Art Show 2020 (New York City, NY) – Call For Artists

Ad Art Show 2020 (New York City, NY) – Call For Artists

MvVO Art announces a call for artists for the Ad Art Show 2020. Interested in having your big screen moment? Interested in having your art viewed by over 10 million people? Interested in showing your art in New York City without the need to necessarily travel? During Frieze Art week (May 2020), Ad Art Show 2020 will be showcasing artists from all over the world on the monumental screens at the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, one of the most famous architectural landmarks in New York City. The show is on for the entire month of May.

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Deadline: 22 Jan 2020

Submit 4 images of your art. No commercial work please – only fine art.

The Ad Art Show 2020 is an opportunity to jump start your art career or to invigorate it. Artists are chosen purely on talent and not because of their resume or shows they have participated in before.

The winning artist(s) receive prizes. 350,000 people walk through the Oculus daily. While presence is not required since it is a digital show, it could be the perfect opportunity to travel to New York upon selection to attend the VIP reception during Frieze Art fair and build more relationships.

About MvVO Art

MvVO Art creates opportunities for artists. There are many talented artists who work in advertising, design, and related fields but do not have time or the right platform to reach the art world. MvVO Art provides a platform for artists who have day jobs in the commercial arts to be recognized for their fine art.

For more information, contact info@mvvoart.com.

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Decatur Arts Festival 2020 (Decatur, GA) – Call For Artists

Decatur Arts Festival 2020 (Decatur, GA) – Call For Artists

The Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) invites you to apply for booth space in the 32nd annual Decatur Arts Festival 2020. The festival will be held on the square in historic Decatur, GA, just minutes from downtown Atlanta. The Artists’ Market will be open on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23 from 10 am until 6 pm, and on Sunday May 24 from 11 am until 5 pm. The festival features continuous entertainment and performing arts in the Community Bandstand adjacent to the Artists’ Market. Food vendors, a Fine Arts Exhibition, the ArtWalk, Theater, New Dance, and a Children’s Festival are part of the festival activities.

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Deadline: 24 Jan 2020

The Decatur Arts Festival 2020 is produced by the Decatur Arts Alliance, LLC, a 501 (c) 3 organization, supporting the arts and arts education in Decatur, GA.

Cash prize for Best of Show is $1000, Second Place is $700, Third Place is $500. The Best of Show winner will receive an invitation to the 2021 show free of charge. Second and Third Place will receive invitation to the 2021 show at half price.

About Decatur Arts Alliance

The Decatur Arts Alliance is a nonprofit partnership of artists, business owners, and residents dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in the city of Decatur. The DAA sponsors the annual festivals and special art events for members only. It provides a collaborative environment to coordinate the interests of artists, gallery owners, theater groups, dance groups, and performance venues within Decatur and develop the city as a strong arts community.

For more information, contact anna@decaturartsalliance.org.

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Art Connects Women 2020 (Dubai, UAE) – Call For Artists

Art Connects Women 2020 (Dubai, UAE) – Call For Artists

ZeeArts is calling out women artists for its 4th edition Art Connects Women 2020, an international art exhibition. To be held from 5th to 8th March 2020, at One&Only Royal Mirage-Dubai. This is a multidisciplinary four day arts initiative including an art exhibition, conference, art book launch, and women film festival. ZeeArts yearly pursuit is a tribute for women artists and cultural exchange dialogue. They welcome over 100 female artists from 100 different countries covering Africa, Americas, Europe, Middle-East, Asia, and Oceania.

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Deadline: 31 Dec 2019

The International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to acknowledge and honor the achievements of women all over the globe. Rouse yourself to action. Become an ambassador of your country in this prestigious international art exhibition in Dubai. One artist will be selected to represent her country.

Art Connects Women 2020 Artist Benefits

  • An opportunity for artists to exhibit in one of the most glamorous venue in Dubai
  • Four days artistic and cultural program
  • Meet top notch art collectors
  • Be featured in the Art Book 2nd Edition (Women Artists Around the World 2020)
  • A private opening of the exhibition, a conference, a book launch, Women Firm Festival, a catwalk, and a gala dinner.
  • Network and connect with women artists around the world

About ZeeArts

ZeeArts focus is mainly on female artists. Throughout history, the paucity of women-artist representations has been an impediment in the bid towards diversification within the art world. As they attempt to realign the skewed perspectives of gendered narrations in the institution of art, ZeeArts has put together a compendium of women artists on a global scale across 5 continents (Europe, Middle-East and Africa, Asia, Americas, and Oceania).

ZeeArts commemorative pursuits alongside International Women’s Day seeks to empower and provide opportunities for female artists to reflect upon the entrepreneurial adversities they face while revising their strategies throughout the promotion of gender parity.

It is the privilege of ZeeArts to shine the limelight on the talents of these exceptional individuals who have their courage, creativity, and determination embodied within their artworks to be laid bare as inspirations for a more inclusive future.

For more information, contact exhibition@zeearts.net.

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Subversion (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Subversion (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Philadelphia Sculptors, in collaboration with Da Vinci Art Alliance, invites artists working in three dimensions to submit artworks to their upcoming exhibition Subversion. Taking place at the newly renovated DVAA gallery in Philadelphia, the show encourages artists to take their passions and direct them into artwork that pushes back. You don’t need to join a march, stand behind a barrier, or be a whistleblower. As an artist you can make your art speak for you!

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Deadline: 20 Jan 2020

Philadelphia Sculptors are looking for artworks that, in some form, undermine or challenge social structures, morals, traditions, authority, or any existing or established systems (including the art world). Artist and Moore College of Art and Design Professor Alice Oh will jury the entries. The exhibition will be on display from February 26 – March 22, 2020. There is a $20 submission fee for Philadelphia Sculptors and Da Vinci Art Alliance members, and a $35 fee for non-members.

Subversion Artist Benefits

One artist will receive a Best in Show award of $150. All artists will receive publicity. Sales will be actively encouraged. A 20% commission will be taken on all works sold. Artists will gain visibility in Philadelphia and through this opportunity. They will be able to express their passions and convictions on provocative topics in the company of other artists who feel as strongly as they do. Artists with strong political leanings or whose work tends to be out of the mainstream will be provided a more traditional venue that will attract wide audiences. This is a unique opportunity to show artwork that might not be accepted in other venues.

Social Equity

All Philadelphia Sculptors’ exhibitions are open to everyone. Calls are individually sent to organizations promoting underserved populations. Themed shows are inclusive and focus on topics geared towards social and political awareness. The theme of Subversion allows artists to comment on the systems that govern or pervade their lives. Artists who are interested in interpreting the topic through the lens of social equity will be encouraged to do so. For this show, Philadelphia Sculpotrs are partnering with the Da Vince Art Alliance, a community gallery that actively reaches out to artists who lack exhibition opportunities.

About Philadelphia Sculptors

Philadelphia Sculptors is committed to providing opportunities for artists who work in three dimensions. As the only professional organization of sculptors in Philadelphia, they actively create provocative and ambitious exhibitions, often in nontraditional venues.

Philadelphia Sculptors:

  • initiate many of their exhibitions and find both themes and venues outside of the mainstream whenever possible
  • encourages younger artists and offer opportunities for both temporary installations and more permanent sculptures
  • seek both emerging and more established artists looking to expand their horizons and their practices
  • collaborate with other organizations to expand our audiences and engage in interdisciplinary projects
  • are always seeking new venues and new ways of creating work that will inform and engage audiences

For more information, contact lesliekaufman@verizon.net.

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Pre-Shrunk Art Show (Halifax, NS) – Call For Artists

Pre-Shrunk Art Show (Halifax, NS) – Call For Artists

Argyle Fine Art announces a call for artists for the 16th annual Pre-Shrunk Art Show. It’s the biggest “small” show of the year! The much loved annual group show asks artists to create small works on 4”x5” surfaces. Argyle encourages submissions from both established and emerging artists in their preferred mediums and all ages of artists.

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Deadline: 4 Jan 2020

Works must be on a 4×5” surface. Pieces that do not measure 4×5” will not be considered. Do not use the thin canvas or masonite boards. They are not easily wall mountable for the buyer and tend not to sell as well as other surfaces in the show. If you are sculpting the base of your sculpture must be 4×5”, but there is no height limit. Artists may submit a maximum of 5 pieces.

Do not attach hanging devices. The gallery will take care of this for continuity. If you are working on paper, it must be archival and mounted on a sturdy 4×5” surface that can be hung on the wall. Works done with materials such as charcoal and pastels must be fixed to protect the work. Submissions must be new and not previously shown.

If the jury selects your work, then you will be notified by phone or email the following week. You will then be required to bring the work in person or by mail. You will be responsible to ship your work.

Pieces that are selected for this year’s exhibition will be priced at $175 each, with standard 50% commission. Keep this price in mind when creating your pieces.

Show opens to the public on Friday, January 24th from 7-9 PM.

Pre-Shrunk Art Show Artist Benefits

Chosen artists will benefit in having their art seen and purchased/collected by our large customer base in person as well as online. Argyle will promote each artist’s work throughout the duration of the show on their blog and social media sites. The show will encourage artists to work small. Argyle encourages artists to connect with the others that will be selected for the show. This exhibit has a sense of community. It fosters new relationships with artists and the gallery. In fact, the gallery has continued to work with many of the artists discovered from this exhibit after the show has ended.

Argyle Fine Art

Argyle Fine Art is unique in Halifax as it’s the only gallery with a strong focus on emerging talent. It is very involved with the community at large.

Argyle Fine Art opened it’s doors on Argyle Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 2000. The gallery has changed since then, with the main focus being on emerging to mid-career artists from Atlantic Canada. They have been referred to as one of Halifax’s most progressive galleries and named Best Gallery by The Coast year after year. They pride themselves in presenting art in a venue that is inviting and not pretentious. Art is for everyone.

Whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned collector, Argyle Fine Art represents a unique variety of contemporary art by established and emerging Canadian artists. Selection includes painting, drawing, limited edition prints, fibre, sculpture, and photography.

For more information, contact gallery@argylefa.com.

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Group Show March 2020 (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Group Show March 2020 (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Frieda announces a call for artists for Green, a group show March 2020. Frieda offers curated art exhibitions throughout the year in their Philadelphia space across from The Independence National Historical Park. Celebrate art that spans generations. Open to artists who live or work within the Mid-Atlantic region (PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, and Washington, D.C.). Open call for 2 and 3 dimensional artwork related to the theme Green.

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Deadline: 12 Feb 2020

Green: the color of life, renewal, nature, and energy – flora – grass – freshness – herbs – parks – garden plot – avocado – trees – jade – recycling – Kermit – growth – woods – jungle – naïve – pickle – safe – lush – luck – environment – harmony – vegetation – new – organic – pure – leaves – forest – plants – emerald – trees . . .

Frieda is a multi-purpose space with curated exhibitions that encourages interaction between artists and the public. As such, no commission is expected from the sale of any artwork. Artwork will be exhibited at their space. It will be included in an opening reception, meet-the-artist event, and one additional encounter with the public, i.e. workshop or demonstration during the exhibition period.

Group Show March 2020 Calendar

  • Artists Notification: Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Artwork must be ready to hang and delivered to Frieda on Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Opening reception: Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Dates for community supper and workshop tbd
  • Exhibition ends: Sunday, May 17, 2020
  • De-installation: Sunday, May 17, 2020

Frieda asks that selected artists schedule time to engage with their community through a workshop, demonstration, or discussion during the exhibition period. No commission is expected from the sale of any art work. Any transactions will be handled directly by the artist and the potential buyer.

Artist Financial Aid

Any artist living 60 miles or more from Philadelphia may apply for financial assistance (please ask for Financial Aid Request form) to cover costs related to artist participation in exhibition. To be clear, no financial aid is available to artist living less than 60 miles from Philadelphia, unless otherwise agreed. If selected, Frieda will cover 100% of the transportation and lodging costs for the artist to bring the artwork to Frieda and attend the meet the artist events, including the opening cocktail, the community supper, and the workshop. Please note that all costs to take down the art work at the end of the show will be at the expense of the artist. This includes transportation and lodging costs.

About Frieda

Frieda for generations is a modern space that promotes culture, art, and design with the goal of bringing together people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. After featuring a number of accomplished artists in various media, Frieda is proud to introduce curated art exhibitions scheduled throughout the year. The space is located in Center City Philadelphia across from the Independence National Historical Park, with exposure to the public seven days a week.

For more information, contact hello@friedaforgenerations.com.

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Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition (Newport Beach, CA) – Call For Artists

Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition (Newport Beach, CA) – Call For Artists

The City of Newport Beach is pleased to announce a call for entries for Phase V of its ongoing Invitational Sculpture Exhibition, the Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition, to further activate the splendor of the City’s Civic Center Park. Artists, private collectors, galleries, and museums/non-profit institutions are invited to submit artworks for consideration for a temporary exhibition at the site. Up to ten artworks may be selected and showcased for two years in the heart of Newport Beach in Civic Center Park.

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Deadline: 15 Jan 2020

Works will remain on display for approximately two years with installation planned in May 2020 and de-installation scheduled for June 2022.

The City seeks a well-balanced exhibit of public art emphasizing a variety of styles, types, and sizes as well as a diverse pool of artists. The artist selection committee will determine specific locations for artworks within the Park grounds.

  • Artistic Merit: Artists shall have substantial professional qualifications and high-quality artwork that demonstrates originality and artistic excellence. Private collectors, galleries, and museum/non-profit organizations shall have professional reputations for collecting and exhibiting high-quality artwork that shows creativity and artistic excellence.
  • Durability: The Selection Committee will consider only artwork made of high-quality materials which can withstand the natural elements of coastal Southern California for a minimum of two years. Consideration will be given to structural and surface integrity, protection against theft and vandalism, and requiring minimal to no maintenance.
  • Meets Minimum Requirements: Artworks must be available for the duration of the exhibition period and prepared for installation, in most cases, on a concrete foundation or footings. Artworks, when installed, will be readily visible from the interpretive trails. They should be suitable for viewing from all angles. Artworks shall be appropriate for audiences of all ages.
  • Site Responsiveness: Artwork should be appropriate in scale, material, and content for the immediate, general, social, and physical environments to which they relate. Artworks will be installed in unsupervised areas and must not exhibit unsafe conditions or factors that may bear on public liability, as members of the public may come into contact with the works.

Artworks which incorporate sustainable strategies, demonstrate green processes or utilize green design, materials theories, and techniques are welcome, but not required.

Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition Artist Benefits

Selected artists will receive an honorarium of between $2,500 and $6,000 in exchange for a two-year loan of their artwork. Honoraria will be determined by the Selection Committee depending on the artist’s preliminary budget, complexity of the project, weight, and size. The budget shall be used to cover transportation of the artwork to and from the exhibition site, structural engineering documents (if required), any insurance needed or desired for artwork transport and display, and fees for on-site availability during installation and removal. No other fees or expense reimbursements are offered. Artists will receive half of the honorarium upon signing the contract and the second half of the payment after de-installation.

Artworks may be available for purchase during the exhibition period. Artists who wish to make their artwork available for sale agree that their piece shall not be de-installed until the conclusion of the exposition period. The City of Newport Beach will not request a commission from the sale of artwork.

About Civic Center Park

The 14-acre, ocean-view site was specially designed by renowned landscape architect Peter Walker as an intended sculpture garden. The Civic Center Park has also developed into a destination for visitors and residents of Newport Beach to gather for civic events and activities including summer concerts on the lawn, art shows, docent-led sculpture park tours, visits to the dog park, or leisurely walks along the park’s windy trail. As home to City Hall, City administrative offices, and the Central Branch of the city’s public library system, the Civic Center is the heart of Newport Beach.

This is a unique opportunity to display artworks in a serene, ocean-view setting that attracts Newport Beach residents as well as tourists from around the world. The prior four phases of this exhibition have delighted and enriched visitors with the works of world-class artists both local and international.

About Arts Orange County

Arts Orange County, an independent nonprofit organization, is the officially-designated local arts agency of the County of Orange and its official state-local arts agency partner. They have facilitated previously the public art selection process for the City of Newport Beach’s Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition and prepared Arts and Culture Master Plans for multiple Orange County cities. Their commitment to the veteran community includes twice-annual productions of VOICES: Veterans Storytelling Project. VOICES is a therapeutic workshop that helps real veterans turn the stories of their service into scripts which they deliver in public performances at Heroes Hall at the O.C. Fair and Event Center.

For more information, contact nthurkettle@artsoc.org.

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Animalz 2020 (Laguna Beach, CA) – Call For Artists

Animalz 2020 (Laguna Beach, CA) – Call For Artists

Las Laguna Gallery announces a call for artists for Animalz 2020, inviting artists creating artwork depicting animals (real or imagined) to apply. Throughout the history of the world in cultures near and far, animals have played a huge part in the world of art. From the beginning of time when man first scrawled a buffalo on cave walls to the present time, animals are characterized and depicted in stories, cartoons, and movies.

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Deadline: 11 Dec 2019

The rich history of animals represented in mythologies and folktales is endless. These animals awaken our creative spirit and feed our imagination. From the years of the zodiac to the spirits of totem poles, animals and animal icons play a huge part in our everyday life. The Animalz 2020 exhibition will explore a wide range of animal depictions in art. We will explore how artists continue to draw from past stories, create new narratives as characters in their art take on animal traits, and imagine new creatures.

About Las Laguna Gallery

Las Laguna Gallery is a contemporary and fine art gallery that features art from a diverse group of artists, representing a variety of mediums. Las Laguna Gallery is dedicated to the exploration and engagement of contemporary and fine art visual culture through unique collaborations between artists, students, and the community. They make it a point to curate artwork that is interesting and engaging to the art collector, lover, and novice.

Las Laguna Gallery is located on Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Village, an artist alcove situated on the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This location is a must stop location with artist galleries and jewelry shops. The location features a restaurant, bar, and live music in the fire-side theatre Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, contact laslagunagallery@gmail.com.

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The Heart Goes Nine (Providence, RI) – Call For Artists

The Heart Goes Nine (Providence, RI) – Call For Artists

The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts (RICPA) announces a call for artists, The Heart Goes Nine: Exploring Personal Vision. This is a juried call for photography juried by J. Sybylla Smith, who brings her personal belief – “for every mile the eye sees the heart goes nine.” She is turning it into an opportunity for photographers to explore their personal vision and unique image making abilities to visualize their heart song.

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Deadline: 13 Dec 2019

Artists may submit up to 10 photographs. The entry fee is $45 for the first three images and $10 for each subsequent image.

RICPA is looking to present:

  • a diverse yet highly personal look at image-making and photography’s ability to capture and express emotion
  • idiosyncratic means of visual expression which are experimental, innovative and heartfelt
  • a visual representation of your heart song.

Open to artists 18 years or older. Open to all forms of photographic image-making in any process or technology, current, or historical. Work must be your original creation. All work must be exhibition ready, no saw-tooth hangers. Work that does not follow the guidelines, or is deemed not to be a faithful representation of the image submitted, will not be exhibited.

Important Dates:

  • Exhibition: Thursday, February 20th, thru Friday, March 13th, 2020
  • Registration Deadline: December 13th
  • Delivery of Accepted Work: On or before February 15th
  • Reception and Awards: September 19th, 2019 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Heart Goes Nine Juror

J. Sybylla Smith, is an independent curator, educator, and photographer with international reach. Through all her activities, she invests in helping others develop their personal vision. Her Concept Aware® curriculum provides a unique concept development framework to strengthen creative practice. Smith lectures and writes on visual culture, the creative practice, and gender parity in photography. Concept Aware® is taught in a variety of formats including weekend workshops in her Somerville MA studio and a week-long class taught at Maine Media College and Workshops.

As an adjunct professor, thesis advisor, and guest lecturer she has worked with the School of Visual Arts New York, Harvard University, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, and Tufts Museum School of the Fine Arts. She has curated exhibitions internationally and her involvement in Tokyo Photo and Paris Photo has established her relationships with international galleries and arts organizations. Smith has juried for Critical Mass by Photolucida and the traveling exhibit, the Fence, sponsored by United Photo Industries. She is an avid portfolio reviewer participating in photo-centric reviews nationally and is an active member of the Society of Photographic Educators.

The Heart Goes Nine Awards

  • First Place: $250
  • Second Place: $150
  • Third Place: $100

About The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts

The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts is Rhode Island’s premier photography gallery. Exhibitions change every month with a new exhibitions opening on the third Thursday of the month. RICPA is a member supported center.

Located in the heart of Providence, RICPA was founded to inspire creative development and provide opportunities to engage with the community through exhibitions, education, publication, and mutual support. RICPA exists to create a diverse and supportive community for individuals interested in learning or working in the photographic arts. They strive to provide an environment conducive to the free exchange of ideas in an open and cooperative space.

For more information, contact david@riphotocenter.org.

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