12/1/09

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Providence Art Windows Announces Winter Installations


Providence Art Windows is pleased to announce that its next exhibit will be on view from December 5, 2009 - March 12, 2010. The art and art installations presented in nine downtown windows are by Rebecca Adams, Anne Alexander, BUY ART Providence, Margie Butler, Paula Dewell, Amy DiPlacido, Lynne Harlow, The Museum On Site (Andrew Losowsky and Lyra Monteiro) and Jillian Piccirilli. The winter installation series contains artists selected by the jury that reflect color, light and investigation of neighborhood and fanciful history.


Bright fabrics will be displayed in two windows on Eddy and Fulton Streets; at Eddy Street, Lynne Harlow will fill a window with hot pink fabric and tape, and Amy DiPlacido will have a hanging line of hand-dyed clothes in graduated colors on Fulton Street, presenting a fictional production line of clothing. On Westminster Street, BUY ART Providence will artfully arrange a window, showcasing other venues where you can buy art for the holidays that is local. Anne Alexander will hang metallic, seaweed ceramic forms which will float and ebb as if in the sea. For “Westminster Stories," by The Museum On Site, a series of labels will share stories about Downtown Providence collected by Andrew Losowsky and Lyra Monteiro. These labels will change every week and detail history of the buildings and the lives of the people who use them. Jill Piccirilli’s “The Paws Family,” displayed at Eddy and Westminster Streets, is a story conceived by the artist and her family about a fictitious family of rabbits, and the windows will display the Paws family, spanning four generations. The window should delight children to adults with its whimsical story. On Washington Street, Paula Dewell presents light filled landscapes in the University of Rhode Island Library windows that will transport the viewer to warmer days. Margie Butler will present long scrolls recalling memories of home at RI Housing. Finally, Rebecca Adams takes a turn for the dramatic in her representations of women in a range of emotions in the Trinity Rep windows.


Join the artists at Design Within Reach (210 Westminster Street) on Saturday, December 5th, at Design Within Reach, from 3-5:30 PM. The Providence Preservation Society Holiday Stroll will be happening at the same time, and the reception will wrap up before the 6pm tree lighting at City Hall. Plan to come Downtown and watch the windows transform the week before if you cannot make it to the reception. To take the tour on your own, download the map above, or pick a paper copy up around Downtown Providence.

11/24/09

1. 191 Westminster Street, Right


The Museum On Site

Westminster Stories

People, memories, buildings, and history

About the Work

Westminster Stories is where you are right now. It's this block and the one next to it, featuring some of the histories of the buildings and what lies beneath the sidewalk; it's also the stories of people we have encountered here, and the memories of people who used to spend time here. Every week, a new set of labels reveals another aspect of this downtown hub, so come back next week, and learn something new. Also check the window for further events. See more stories and share your own at www.westminsterstories.com

About the Artists

The Museum On Site is dedicated to helping people understand their worlds through site-specific, free public experiences that share ideas and information in accessible and stimulating ways. Learn more at www.themuseumonline.com

Interviews by Betsey Biggs, Caitlin Fisher, Andrew Losowsky, Lyra Monteiro, Carmen Montoya, Diego Pirillo, Meghan Townes, Shana Weinberg

Historical research by Krystal Appiah, Andrew Losowsky, Lyra Monteiro, Jonathan Olly

Model creation by Zac Bruner, Sin Guanci, Meghan McKenna, Paul Nickerson, Jonathan Olly, Rachel Ramer, Sylvia Ann Soares

Label design by Josie Morway (josiemorway.com)

Printing by IO Labs

Photography by Kyle Born, Jan Bruder, Ben Carter, Matthew Cylinder (matthewcylinder.net), Caitlin Fisher, Bruce Gannon (pheonixphotography.net), Tobias Goulet (TMG Photography), Alisa Kotler-Berkowitz (Alisa Grace Photography), Peter Green (providencefalcons.com), Andrew Losowsky, Brian Mackey (fineartdigital), Kelly McGovern (km.doggyyap.com), Karissa Mlyniec (klmphotographyri.com), Lyra Monteiro, Neah Monteiro, Graham Newhall (inthereef.blogspot.com), Paul Nickerson (pnlucas.zenfolio.com), Britta Schellenberg (brittaschellenberg.com), Gregory Shumchenia (gspstudios.com), Nathan Tia (simplynate.com), Walter Tsui (waltertphoto.com), Cindy West

2. 191 Westminster Street, Left


BUY ART Providence


Since December 2008 Mayor David N. Cicilline and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism have partnered with Providence arts venues and individual artists on a marketing and advocacy BUY ART campaign. Whether you buy art for $5, 50 or 5,000, a ticket to a performance, a museum membership or a studio class, participating venues are pleased to offer each art buyer a limited edition "I BUY ART" pins. The 2009 pins with five original designs featuring the artwork of Providence artists are now available at venues throughout the city. COLLECT — INVEST — GIVE — EXPERIENCE ...the Providence Arts Scene.




BUY ART Providence window is styled by Lisa Newman Paratore, owner of HOMESTYLE, and Karen Beebe, owner Queen of Hearts (and designer of the dress displayed). Items on display are from an assortment of our artsy downtown merchants. The painting is by Angel Quinonez and is one of the five artworks selected for this year's I BUY ART advocacy buttons. The felt and feathered necklace worn by the mannequin is from Queen of Hearts and made by artist Nori Swennes especially for this Providence Art Window!


To find out more about BUY ART Providence, please go to buyartprovidence.org.

3. 203 Westminster Street


Anne Alexander


Suspended Seaweed

Raku fired ceramic


Turitella

Ceramic



About the Work

As a sculptor, I am greatly influenced by flora and fauna observed in the surrounding environment. I abstract and enlarge small parts of nature to create personal interpretations of forms. This organic iconography suggests themes of germination, growth, cyclic changes, and regeneration, all of which relate to human and animal life, our basic life needs and urges.


The viewer will also have an altered sense of his own size, as I play with scale in my work. The fact that one expects these forms to be tiny is important as they become unexpectedly more powerful when enlarged to a gigantic scale. By enlarging the size of the forms, I wish to make the viewer aware of his / her size in relation to one’s environment and also to add an element of surprise or humor.

The sculptures are often composed of groups of units. The piece then loses it’s sense of being an object and becomes an environment. One of my hopes as an artist is that after seeing my sculpture, people’s perception of the complexity and detail of form and texture in small parts of nature will be enhanced. If I am able to augment or alter one viewer’s sensation and appreciation of the natural environment, I feel that I have achieved success in my work.


About the Artist

Anne Alexander is a sculptor who lives in Southern Maine. She exhibits her work frequently in both in gallery and site sculpture shows throughout the United States. She carves wood and stone and models clay as sculptural mediums. Ms. Alexander has received two Pollack Krasner Foundation Grants and year long Fulbright Scholar grant to The Dominican Republic. This past year, while on sabbatical from her teaching position at Waynflete School in Portland, Maine, she was attended residencies at The Virginia Center for Creative Arts and The Vermont Studio Center. During this time, she also participated in the International Sculpture Symposium at The Andres Institute in Brookline, NH where her granite sculpture "Touch Me" is permanently installed.


To see additional images of her sculpture please go to http://homepage.mac.com/annealexander/ to find her website. Please also fan her facebook page of the same title.

4. Eddy Street, Two Brothers Beauty Supply


Jillian Piccirilli


The PAWS Family

installation, dimensions variable


About the Work

This exhibition tells the story of the Paws family, as it was discovered by two sisters and then relayed to their daughter/niece. A well-to-do family that made its wealth in textiles at the turn of the century, the Paws are compelling in their intriguing family history and diverse value systems & aesthetic sensibilities. They are a living and growing, sprawling rabbit clan served by a respectable staff and housed in numerous locations across this country, though they are primarily based in New England. Their story can be a bit unwieldy, full of drama and intrigue; but then, of course, most families' stories are.

This exhibition of their living artifacts, historical documents, family pictures, and texts aims to allow viewers to immerse themselves in the Paws and their history. Their private lives, as told through the accompanying private correspondence between two sisters, has been thrown open and laid bare for the viewer. Our hope is that by sharing their reality, the viewer's own reality is enriched.



About the Artist

Artist Jillian Piccirilli studied art and anthropology at Cornell University, where she was the recipient of the University's Faculty Medal of Art and Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal of Art. Her work transverses a number of different mediums with a common interest in narrative, history, and expanding one's sense of the real.

{Contact: jillian.piccirilli@gmail.com}

5. Eddy Street, Two Brothers Beauty Supply


Lynne Harlow


555 Hudson

fabric, tape, site-specific installation



About the Work

How little is enough? How much can be taken away before a piece crumbles? My sculptural installations are lean, elegant arrangements of color, light and space; they are presentations of physical facts. I want to isolate and exaggerate particular aspects of the ways we encounter and negotiate our physical world, and bring some awareness and joy to the process. And I feel that the most effective way for me to achieve this is by presenting installations, these restrained arrangements of facts. With restricted use of very particular materials, sheer and lightweight, the installations suggest the presence of light and the absence of weight.


About the Artist

Lynne Harlow is a reductive artist based in Providence, RI and New York, NY. She makes large scale site-specific work and small drawings and prints in a language of sensual minimalism. She holds an M.F.A. from Hunter College in New York. She exhibits her work in the U.S. and internationally, including recent shows at The Skydive in Houston, TX, P.S. 1 in New York and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. In 2002 she was a visiting artist at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX.


To learn more about the artist, please go to lynneharlow.com.

6. Fulton Street


Amy DiPlacido

Any American, Any Apparel

Fabric, site-specific installation


About the Artist

Amy DiPlacido received her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2007, and recently received an MFA in fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She’s a mixed-media installation artist who explores the concepts of color, language, and perception. She has held two solo exhibitions, and has also shown at The Fuller Craft Museum. Recent awards include Student Showcase in Fiber Arts Magazine and Artist in Residence programs at Art Farm Nebraska and Art 342 in Colorado.

To read more about the artist, please go to amydiplacido.com.

7. RI Housing

Margie Butler


House by the Sea and Room for Change

Acrylic and collage on board


About the Work

As a child I was always setting up house.

Now my art documents and plays with notions about setting up a life.

The panels I have made for the RI Housing site place my personal notions about home against some of the more unsettling forces that challenge people’s sense of security out in the world. By depicting colorful post-Katrina houses on stilts, collaging in photos of dwellings left in war zones, and using a yellowed city planning map, I can weave my own story into a larger landscape. One panel plays off my ideal of living by the ocean despite the problematic reality that sea level is rising. The other panel contrasts the outline of an empty, open center space and comfortable chair against antiquated wallpaper, urban rooflines and bombed out towers. The pieces deal with the subtle tensions between a desire to be anchored and the keen understanding that nothing is gauranteed.


About the Artist

Margie Butler’s art amasses layers of personal narrative to depict a visual vocabulary of female space. Generally working in smaller ephemeral pieces, Margie sought to expand her scale for the chance to participate in Providence Art Windows. Part of her art making is the collection of clippings, objects and stories that then become game pieces and launch pads for the collaged landscapes. The volume of what is accumulated prompts a never-ending process of editing and re-arranging. Each piece presents the chance of finding possibility and pleasure in the chaos.

Margie completed her MFA at The Art Institute of Boston in 2006 and has exhibited at The University Gallery/UMass Dartmouth Star Store, Artworks!, 5 Traverse, and Y.E.S. Gallery. In addition to her studio practice, Margie consults for national clients and arts organizations on marketing projects. Locally Margie has worked closely with the City’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism to launch the art advocacy initiative Buy Art Providence.

To learn more about the artist, please go to www.margiebutlerart.com.

8. URI Library, 80 Washington Street


Paula Karen Dewell

Looking Toward The Water series

acrylic on canvas


About the Work

Although my paintings range from very small to very large, this space provides a great opportunity to show some of the large landscapes that have been a recent focus. The pieces chosen for this exhibit are inspired by land and sea, mostly along Rhode Island’s south coast. Although inspired by real places, how I capture an image, how I play with color, how I manipulate the paint is as important as the subject matter.


About the Artist

Paula Karen Dewell lives in South County and works in a variety of media, including acrylics and water miscible oils. She is a retired public school art teacher and currently an adjunct faculty member at Rhode Island School of Design, teaching in their summer Pre-College program and Young Artist program. She tutors adults and young adults privately.

Paula has recently spent much time on landscapes, but still lifes, flowers, portraits and animals are always appealing subjects to capture as well. She feels that occasionally diverging and experimenting keeps her artwork fresh. Her work can be found at the Charlestown Gallery in Charlestown, Rhode Island, and Sarah Jessica Fine Arts in Provincetown, Massachusetts, as well as in exhibits in other galleries in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Commissions and free lance work available.

9. Trinity Rep, 203 Washington

Rebecca Adams


Tissue Series

Acrylic paintings


About the Work

This body of work begins as portraiture and draws influence from retro and vintage black and white film. The series is a collection of black and white acrylic paintings, all on 12"x14" canvases. Every individual character is displaying the general and sometimes over exaggerated emotion of "sadness" , yet each painting represents the emotion in a unique way. The tissue ties each painting together as well as cinematically symbolizes "sadness" . As a whole, one can see the transition and of the many complexities and forms of the emotion. The sight of a mass of crying women does not only invoke the feeling of sadness, but also displays the complexity of the emotion by taking it to an almost comical level. The display of the paintings in a large uniform grid increases the overall impact through visual unity and allows the viewer to move through the work as film.


About the Artist

I am an artist currently living and working in East Side Providence. I graduated from RISD in 2006 with a BFA in photography. I have participated in numerous solo and group shows in Rhode Island, Virginia, and New York. I have shown work locally at As220 photo lottery, Pawtucket Arts Festival, RISD and Providence Downcity juried sales, as well as worked with The Hive artist collective and Dr. Sketchys life drawing program. My work and current resume can be viewed at my website as well as my blog: www.stashvamps.com

11/16/09

Winter Installations Open December 5

Providence Art Windows Announces Winter Installations

Providence Art Windows is pleased to announce that its next exhibit will be on view from December 5, 2009 - March 12, 2010. The art and art installations presented in nine downtown windows are by Rebecca Adams, Anne Alexander, BUY ART Providence, Margie Butler, Paula Dewell, Amy DiPlacido, Lynne Harlow, The Museum On Site (Andrew Losowsky and Lyra Monteiro) and Jillian Piccirilli. The winter installation series contains artists selected by the jury that reflect color, light and investigation of neighborhood and fanciful history.


Bright fabrics will be displayed in two windows on Eddy and Fulton Streets; at Eddy Street, Lynne Harlow will fill a window with hot pink fabric and tape, and Amy DiPlacido will have a hanging line of hand-dyed clothes in graduated colors on Fulton Street, presenting a fictional production line of clothing. On Westminster Street, BUY ART Providence will artfully arrange a window, showcasing other venues where you can buy art for the holidays that is local. Anne Alexander will hang metallic, seaweed ceramic forms which will float and ebb as if in the sea. For “Westminster Stories," by The Museum On Site, a series of labels will share stories about Downtown Providence collected by Andrew Losowsky and Lyra Monteiro. These labels will change every week and detail history of the buildings and the lives of the people who use them. Jill Piccirilli’s “The Paws Family,” displayed at Eddy and Westminster Streets, is a story conceived by the artist and her family about a fictitious family of rabbits, and the windows will display the Paws family, spanning four generations. The window should delight children to adults with its whimsical story. On Washington Street, Paula Dewell presents light filled landscapes in the University of Rhode Island Library windows that will transport the viewer to warmer days. Margie Butler will present long scrolls recalling memories of home at RI Housing. Finally, Rebecca Adams takes a turn for the dramatic in her representations of women in a range of emotions in the Trinity Rep windows.


Join the artists at Design Within Reach (210 Westminster Street) on Saturday, December 5th, at Design Within Reach, from 3-5:30 PM. The Providence Preservation Society Holiday Stroll will be happening at the same time, and the reception will wrap up before the 6pm tree lighting at City Hall. Plan to come Downtown and watch the windows transform the week before if you cannot make it to the reception. To take the tour on your own, a downloadable map will be available on the blog on December 2, and printed maps throughout Downtown Providence.

9/15/09

Fall Installation Open Until December 1

The art and art installations presented in nine downtown windows are by the AS220 Print Shop, Babette Allina, Ted James Butler, David J. Delay, Walt Chaney, Marjory Garrison, Peter Lutz, C.W. Roelle, and Rebecca Siemering, with a special presentation of Picturing America images. This Fall installation series contains artists invited by the Director that reflect intensive labor, obsession for materials or passion for subject matter. Materials range from adhesive vinyl, sound, lottery tickets and wire, to the City of Providence as a subject. To take the tour on your own, please click on the downloadable map above.

When you take the tour, you will notice several selections from the Picturing America Supplementary Materials for RI Educators. Providence Art Windows partnered with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities( RICH ) to display a selection of the Picturing America reproductions relating to the RI Educators packet at The URI College of Continuing Education Library in the Shepard Building at 80 Washington Street and in windows whose artwork reflected similar themes in the packet of historical works. To learn more about Picturing America, and RICH, please go to rihumanities.org.

Please note, the URI Library section with AS220 Print Shop is down but lives online. Go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/providenceartwindows/ to see pictures of the installation.

1. 191 Westminster Street



Walter C. Chaney

Two Wooden Renderings of a Building, 2009

recycled fence

Found Object, 2009

recycled wood lath and plaster


About the Work

This is one of those projects that you started nine years ago and finally, actually finished it. Two Wooden Renderings of a Building is primarily made from recycled fence wood that was cut into various sizes. Through the years I would advance the project slowly until it felt right. They are a pair and only work for me in this position.

Found Object is also made of recycled wood lath and plaster. The materials work together to render the skin of this toy Titanic. I call it

Found Object because it is so rough that it looks found.

About the Artist

Walter C. Chaney has a BA from the University of South Florida and an MFA from the university of Utah, SLC, Utah. “Since slides have become extinct I have shown very little, so I appreciate the invitation to show here at Providence Art Windows.” Walter has created models for Hasbro and as a freelance model builder for over 23 years.

From the Director of PAW, “Walt is being very modest. His Two Wooden Renderings of a Building, won second place at the Fidelity Investments Greenworks show in February, where I was honored to show with him. I admired these buildings, and I thought they should be shared with the public once more.”

2. 191 Westminster Street


Ted James Butler

Assorted Colors #4, White Out #1, White Out #2

oil on canvas, sound


About the Work

Visual representations of sound. If you come to the window, and there is a break in the music, tracks can be heard individually here:http://hillsandvalley.info.

About the Artist

Ted James Butler is a Providence-based electronic musician and visual artist. His current projects include Risqué Bouquet (Japanese Butoh-inspired movement with live electronics / noise), Hills & Valley (organic ambient drone), his full band Paper Eagles and a myriad of solo work under the name Ted James. A self-taught artist, Ted integrates his work into daily life, giving way to true transparency on his blog, beteroffted.com.

Follow Ted on Twitter at twitter.com/betteroffted.

3. 203 Westminster Street



David J. Delay

 

October

drawings and collage on paper

 

About the Work

I approached this large window space as an “illustrated collage.” I wanted to create six drawings that would be strong compositionally and could stand-alone. I designed them so when arranged together, the whole would also have a strong composition and read as one complete piece. I played with scale and perspective within each drawing because I wanted them to somehow live in their own worlds. But still they are related thematically. And I added cutout leaves to fly through the piece and tie them all together and add to the idea of this being an illustrated collage

About the Artist

David Delay lives in Providence and has a studio in Pawtucket. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design for two years in the 1980's and returned to get his certificate in Natural Science Illustration in 2007. He is a member of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative. With these groups he has shown his work throughout New England as well as at The Providence Art Club and the “First Thursday” event in Boston. He also has a line of note cards and everyday and holiday cards. This and his other artwork can be viewed on his website www.davidjdelay.com.

4. Two Brother's Beauty Supply, Eddy and Westminster Street



Peter Lutz

Parallax

Site-specific installation

adhesive vinyl, reflective Mylar

About the Work

Patterns of tree canopies have always intrigued me and I wanted to create a static image that would shift with the viewer’s perspective. The opportunities provided by the large expanse of glass of the storefront were too good to pass up so I have accommodated the glass itself into the piece. The image is created with adhesive vinyl, which attaches directly to the glass. I’ve always believed that the storefront window acts like a mirror, as well as a display case, showing the viewer themselves as well as the product inside, allowing them to evaluate their self worth while being confronted by the object of their desire. Behind the vinyl is a layer of reflective Mylar, which not only reflects the vinyl image, but also the surrounding view of the street and buildings and ambient light. As Providence citizens pass by they are presented with several sets of overlapping patterns and shifting perspectives.

About the Artist

Peter Lutz is a mixed media artist with a diverse body of work ranging from printmaking, ceramics, mixed-media installation, and video. Peter was awarded the 2009 RISCA Fellowship for New Genres and has exhibited in Rhode Island, New York, Kansas City, Florence, Italy, and Prague, Czech Republic. His most recent piece, “Cleave” was featured at the group show “De/construct II” in Providence RI. Currently, Peter’s work can also be seen in Pixilerations [v.6] exhibition in conjunction with First Works Prov,opening Sept 24 - Oct 11 in Providence. For more information about the artist, please go to peterlutz.com.

5. Two Brothers Beauty Supply, at Eddy and Westminster




Rebecca Siemering

Piece(work)

mixed media, time-based installation

About the Work

Rebecca Siemering, Director of Providence Art Windows(PAW), creates this time-based installation. The Fall installation for series for PAW contains artists invited by the Director that reflect intensive labor, obsession for materials or passion for subject matter. Several artists and collectives within this round of Art Windows have an intense enthusiasm for making Providence a better place to live and work. For the work created by the Director, Piece(work), will be a large, “crazy” quilt, with pieces culled from the streets of Providence and the news of the day. The quilt will be a reflection of the time from September 1-December 1, 2009, the duration of the show, and a new section of the quilt will be added every week. Since a window reflects the viewer and the city, the installation as a finished piece of art will also reflect the City of Providence. The city is a work in progress, and this quilt is a hopeful, demonstration piece. Come back every week to see the progression, and read more about the thoughts behind the creation of each panel at siemering.blogspot.com.

About the Artist

Rebecca Siemering is an artist, arts administrator and curator who has lived and worked in Rhode Island since 1997. As Exhibition Coordinator for the Arts & Business Council of RI since 2006, she has had a hand in producing installations and exhibitions with artists and arts groups in transitional spaces in Downtown Providence. Rebecca is con-currently the Director of Providence Art Windows, a public arts project that fills empty retail spaces in Downtown Providence with new art installations every 3 months. Rebecca maintains a thriving art studio in Pawtucket, RI. For the last three years she has been producing sculptures and textile art for her “Lottery Project” by taking a daily walk in the neighborhood and picking up thrown away scratch tickets. Her recycled, paper-based sculptural work is in the collection of Fidelity Investments, and in traveling in shows with the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum and the Fuller Craft Museum. You can view her work and writing about her work by going to scratchticketmania.blogspot.com. If Rebecca is not in the studio, she is in her little yard in Pawtucket growing as many vegetables and berries as she can. The neighbors affectionately call her “the corn lady.”

Rebecca has a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

6. Fulton Street


Babette Allina

 

Things That Can’t Be Said

paint, glass, paper

 

 About the Work

This installation uses abstracted, reductive mark making as a kind of visual short hand to communicate something verbally obscure. It is intended to engage pedestrians in an exercise of semiotics – asking them to ‘read the sign(s).’ 

 It builds on an ongoing effort to create a lexicon of marks derived from objects natural or otherwise.  Some marks are accidents, duplicated repetitively, until they become part of the vocabulary. Recently, the work has taken the form of paint incased in resin to create visual “stains”, or in collaboration with the Rowley lab at URI, light emissions using bioluminescent bacteria and chemical inhibitors. The processes that are being explored are dictated by the ideas of containment, and public vs. private communication. 

 

About the Artist

Babette Allina is a painter living and working in Rhode Island.

Recent exhibitions include Myopic Books: http://vieralevitt.org/myopic/allina.htm, the Wheeler Gallery, and the University of Rhode Island Galleries.  Her work has appeared in various publications including ArtNews, Urban Design and New York Magazine.  She earned her BA in politics and painting from Bennington College, and an MA in political science from the University of Rhode Island. She is employed by the Rhode Island School of Design.