History of Art League RI

In 2000, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas and Mark Simmons invited 42 known artists to become the founding members of Art League of Rhode Island (ALRI). Gaucher-Thomas, President Emerita, served as president for the first six years.

ALRI is an all-volunteer organization governed by a board of directors elected by the membership at the ALRI annual meeting. The business status is domestic nonprofit corporation registered in the state of RI ( 501(c)(3)).

Since its founding, ALRI has reached these milestones in developing a statewide presence in the arts community of Rhode Island:

  • ALRI relocated business office to One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI – 2014
  • Partnered with The VETS Foundation to bring a gallery and curated exhibits to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence, RI – 2014
  • Iona Blake Dobbins Scholarship Fund for the Visual Arts was established at the Rhode Island Foundation (RIF) – 2013
  • Malcolm Grear, Malcolm Grear Designers, created ALRI logo – 2011
  • ALRI, fiscal agent for and joint sponsor of the RI Art Archive Project (RIAAP), produced and directed by Artist Member Holly Gaboriault – 2010
  • ALRI partnered with Executive Service Corps in the development of its second strategic plan – 2006
  • ALRI receives Rhode Island Foundation grant to establish and coordinate a rotating exhibit in The Rhode Island Foundation Gallery and throughout its building – 2000-2006
  • Two-year community outreach Boot Project initiated by Artist Member Johanna McKenzie. Timberland Company provided the boots and art supplies. Fourteen ALRI artists engaged 80 Central Falls High School (CFHS-RI) students over the course of two years in creating marvelous designs on the boots. The project yielded $6000 for scholarships in support of under-served students – 2005
  • ALRI partnered with Business Volunteers for the Arts® in its first strategic plan – 2003
  • Collaborated with South County Hospital in Wakefield, on a project similar to Hall of Masters – 2003
  • Three-year mural project with Hasbro Children’s Hospital Oncology Unit–Hall of Masters, Past and Present created by ten ALRI Artist Members – 2001