4/14/14

Providence Art Windows Spring and Summer Map


Work on this map is currently being installed or on it's way. Enjoy the walk and read below about the installations already in place or upcoming.

Fulton Street



Coming in May, Triptych with 206,720 beads, by Samantha Fields. Please enjoy the work by Peter Green from last season until this is in place.

Eddy Street



Corey Grayhorse

Imaginary Reality


rainbow hair, wallpaper, color photographs, white hair, paper

About the Work & the Artist

I was born in Sunny Los Angeles, California in 1980 and found
 myself later relocating to Providence, Rhode Island in 2001. In being a native Californian I feel both my culture and environment have strongly influenced my art. My desire to capture imaginative composition led me to a study of photography throughout all of high school and later at Santa Monica College. There, I gained a much needed knowledge of the structure and science of photographic arts. After gaining a strong foundation I began to infuse my work with the color and flavor of my eclectic and eccentric imag
ination.

My work is contemporary and studied; everything is by design. A wide-ranging influence of styles in art, photography, fashion, creative locations, and set design, as well as traditional and pop culture inform my perspective. My trademarks of color, composition, and lighting are apparent as consistent threads throughout my work. All of these serve as a strong narrative in each piece.

Attention to detail and artful manipulation of the medium elevate my work beyond just photography. This process involves the     creation of building sets, designing costumes and scouting unique locations. Each element is thought out and carefully placed as part of the story. In a sense, these sets and locations are installations and a platform for performance art constructed and acted solely by myself and my subjects. Through the addition of characters, my portraits show a deep interest in the human expression. Through the lens I create strange beauty and satire, eliciting emotional and social responses. Frozen in time through photography, the work becomes a window into a fantastic dream world, drawing my 
audience in.

In my world I take these icons from their original context and superimpose them into a new one, contrasting the traditional with the contemporary at times. My images are fresh and lively, and it is clear that I have as much fun making them, as the spectator has viewing them.

For more about the artist.


203 Westminster Street

Coming soon! Please enjoy the work from last season by Karen Rand Anderson until then.

191 Westminster Street



Ricky Katowicz

Windfalls or: What Passes Through The Needle’s Eye

Crinoline, thread, paper, paint, fabric, filler, bucket, bottle, syringe

About the Work

The large stitched portraits represent the moment in time that Amanda Clayton, Urooj Khan, and Abraham Shakespeare each received a substantial monetary prize by result of playing the lottery. The bucket, bottle, and syringe symbolize the tragic end that each faced shortly after winning. The glittering pillows are meant to signify the excitement of easy money while simultaneously relating, in form, to the stones of Shirley Jackson’s famous short story, The Lottery.

About the Artist

Ricky spends late evenings in his basement studio, using the sewing machine as a drawing tool. In addition, he creates noise and visuals for an experimental group called Wind & Ghosts, performs with an international puppet troupe called Big Nazo, and spends every day designing girls toys for Hasbro. He lives in Cranston, RI with his wife, daughter, cockatiel, and dwarf hamster. His work can be seen at his personal blog, in the Todd Oldham board book - Sundance Film Festival A-Z, and on toy shelves around the world.

For more about Ricky's work, please go here.





4/8/14

Spring and Summer Map as it progresses



This is the Spring and Summer map for Providence Art Windows. It will change and be updated, as installations progress though June, with the season changing over again in September. Download and enjoy the walk. Some installation are not up yet, but dates are noted on the map.

4/7/14

Spring and Summer 2014

Spring and summer will bring color, beaded, thredded, embroidered, shredded and blinged out textiles to downtown Providence for the warm walking and viewing months of Providence Art Windows. Artists committed so far are Corey Grayhorse, Samantha Fields and Ricky Katowicz. Corey Grayhorse illustrates “nail culture” with her multimedia installation of her signature photography on Eddy Street within Two Brothers Beauty Supply. Corey worked with the owner of Two Brothers in utilizing supplies of rainbow hair extensions to round out her piece. Ricky Katowicz machine embroiders tales of lottery highs and lows at 191 Westminster Street. Samantha Fields dis-assembles a rainbow afghan, a symbol of kitsch and elevates it with thredding  with 206,720 beads. Installations start popping up
April 7th and continue through the month of May, and lasting through September. More information and a map to follow, updated as new installations and committed artists appear.




3/17/14

URI Library


Jade Sisti



The Red Series
oil, acrylic, mixed media


About the Work

“Right before my eyes is what I’ve come to find. A light as bright as any light these 

eyes of mine could hope a light might be.” -Amon Tobin


Light is its strongest when it is about to die, pouring over us in a warm and comforting embrace. Hues fading into shades and beams of radiance glisten in its last moments of glory. Red in its most pure and primary form resembles that of a dying sun, a sun providing that of a warm and reassuring notion that it will return. My work captures that single expression or emotion, simplified to highlight that moment in time, threatened by the realization that the moment will end, yet excited by the prospect that it can be reinvented. The intention is not to mourn the loss, but to embrace the possibilities. 

About the Artist

Jade Sisti is an Art Teacher at East Providence High School and a prolific painter. She is a ‘Bubble’ of enthusiasm. Jade encourages and inspires her students to create and to dream.She works tirelessly to present their work in the school, the community, and at everyopportunity to aide in their growth and advancement.

12/13/13

Many thanks to the Providence Tourism Council for giving Providence Art Windows a grant of $5,000 to upgrade it's web presence, documentation of installations and provide stipends to upcoming artists for the 2014 season. A very nice way to start the new year!

7/29/13






Providence Art Windows continues to exhibit installations for the conference of the Association of American Cultures, Open Dialogue: People, Places and Policy through the fall season. New for October in the URI Providence Library Windows, selections from  Keeping the Peace: One person at a time. Featuring the work of the late (Sister) Corita Kent, the late Christian Corbat, Dido (Rev. Bill Comeau), Saberah Malik, Cynthia Packard, Monique Rolle-Johnson, Anthony Tomaselli, Deanna Camputaro and Central Falls High School Students, The Peace Flag Project, Mathewson Street Church Peace Crane Project. 

Included in this Fall session of Providence Art Windows are Project Open Door, Quintin Rivera-Toro, Peter Green and Karen Rand Anderson.

Two Brothers Beauty Supply






Quintin Rivera-Toro


el pueblo habló, 2009
paint on canvas



About the Work

The painting "el pueblo habló" (the people spoke) - 2009 is part of the series titled "Weak Paintings" which were all made in reaction to the global upheaval caused by the 2008 market crash. The canvases are wrinkled, the text is crumpled, as if to say that these are discarded statements, like a piece of paper ready to be tossed into the trash.

About the Artist
Quintín Rivera Toro was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 1978. He holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Hunter College, New York - 2001, as well as B.A. in Communications and Film Studies, from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras - 2007.  He received his M.F.A. Degree in 2013 from the Sculpture Department at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.
In his native Puerto Rico, he was awarded The Lexus Grant for artists; His public art project “Un espacio libre” originally shown in his hometown of Caguas, was invited to travell to El Museo del Barrio for the S-Files biennial and the art fair PINTA, both in NYC; It was also shown in the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and with F.I.S.T. ART in Dorado. His photographic work received an Honorable Mention from Puerto Rico's Museum of Contemporary Art and a First Prize award from the University of Sagrado Corazón's Contemporary Photography Contest, in San Juan. He co-founded and worked as the Director of ÁREA, lugar de proyectos in Caguas.
Quintín has been awarded the DAAD German Academic Exchange Travel Grant, with which he travelled to Cologne and Berlin in Germany; Full fellowships for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont and the National Academy of Design in New York City; He has also been an artist in residence at the Ox Bow School of Art, S.A.I.C., in Saugatuck, Michigan; He worked as an intern at the Chinati Museum in Marfa, Texas; Studied with the Escuela Internacional de Teatro de América Latina y el Caribe (E.I.T.A.L.C.) in Cuernavaca, Mexico; His work was selected by Zona MACO art fair as a focused work, and displayed his "Weak Paintings" in a solo booth sponsored by VH1; He was awarded an Achievement Scholarship from Transart Institute and completed their summer residency program in Berlin, Germany. Quintín is a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts (R.I.S.C.A. - N.E.A.) Individual Artist Grant Recipient, and has received a Sylvia Leslie Young Herman Scholarship Award, and Academic Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design.
He was included in refinery29.com's "Top 10 list of rising NYC art stars" curated by Casey Fremont.
Visit: www.refinery29.com/nyc-best-young-rising-artists
Most recently his artwork was cited in the New York Times Travel section as: "Striking Contemporary Art, like a monumental photograph...".
Visit: http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/travel/a-ritz-ups-the-ante-in-puerto-rico.html?pagewanted=all 

7/18/13

URI Library


Tamara Diaz



About the Work

URI PROVIDENCE CAMPUS AND PROVIDENCE ART WINDOWS present
TAMARA DIAZ ON CANVAS.  

Tamara is a social worker and a community based artist in Providence.  She has worked with young people locally, nationally and internationally creating community murals celebrating the life of the people.  Largely self taught, Tamara’s artwork reflects her Caribbean and Hispanic Heritage in the color choices, symbols, icon and folk art styling in much of the work.  Her themes are often an empowering voice speaking for women, minority peoples and the disadvantaged – giving voice, offering hope and Celebrating Diversity.

About the Artist
I was born in New York City on July 5, 1973 and lived with my Abuela, Mami, Papi and little bro, Rolando, for five years before moving to Barcelona, Spain. My mother grew up in the Bronx, New York, with her parents, who were Holocaust survivors.  My father’s family came from Cuba to America in 1962, leaving everything behind.  I began my first art portfolio and received a medal after entering an art competition in the 3rd grade. During these early years, I was moved by the art of Antonio Gaudi, an artist famous for his beautiful and funky architecture in Barcelona. After traveling with my family to England, France, Switzerland, and Andorra, I moved back to the New York City area at the age of ten and was part of the New York City hip-hop and graffiti scene throughout high school; Soon after, I had my first art exhibit featuring a series of marker designs in 1989. I was very independent and moved by the art of Keith Haring, and the cultural scene that NYC had to offer.

In 1991, I moved to Rhode Island to attend Roger Williams University, where I became involved with campus groups including the Women's Center, the Minority Mentor Program, Hillel, the Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee, and Dean's Diversity Council. I focused my academic work on a psychology degree, which led to a five-year employment at a shelter for teenaged girls. Working with these kids, I discovered that art and culture was a universal way to connect.  I suffered my own heartbreak while working with many young Latinas who had been removed from home, and as a result, were cut off from their cultural roots. I took trips to Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and did a semester exploring the Latino/a and Native American cultures of New Mexico, an experience that sparked my appreciation for pueblo culture, spirituality, and art. In 1998, I graduated with my Masters of Social Work from Rhode Island College, and began working with children at St. Vincent’s Home for Children, who had been abused and neglected. In 2000, I made my first painting, which was followed by about 300 or more paintings, and portfolios of ink, colored pencil drawings and photography.

I use art a form of healing for others and myself. Especially in the work I do with children and getting through my own growth and grief process, I feel lucky to be able to express my truth and stories through different art mediums. With children, I work mostly through collage, color pencil drawings, and watercolors. Some children seem closed off and art and breathing can help to open up. I try to model how to do this, and they seem to feel so validated and understood through the process since there is no judgment. At times, I have felt that if it weren’t for art, I would not survive, so I try to pass on that gift to others. I have been through some difficult times and the result has been a narrative of symbols that I could not even comprehend or verbally articulate. They came pouring out in an unconscious language, which at times helped me understand what I was feeling. That is pretty much what I want to pass along to the children; a way of coping, communication and self-expression.

I am very passionate about documentation, photography and seeing how different cultures and classes live, both here and in other countries.  I’ve done backpacking trips through Costa Rica, Mexico, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Spain, Panama and also lived in Philadelphia for 3 years while working in North Philly’s Latino community. More recently, I have worked on two murals; one in Providence RI and the other in Azua, Dominican Republic while volunteering with a children’s program called Casa Ana in 2013.

My life philosophy is of unconditional love, peace, service and non-judgment. I currently work as a clinical therapist, doing trauma work and using art and other self-expressive therapies to assist in the healing process of children and families. In 2010, I opened my own therapy practice in Providence and am working primarily with the Latino community. Extremely passionate about my work with children/families, I feel so blessed and honored for these opportunities. One dream has been to travel to my homeland, Cuba, to meet my family and reconnect with my Cuban roots.