Elected Artist Membership Application

Application for Elected Artist Membership 2018
Criterion: Work submitted must be a consistent body of quality work that demonstrates creativity and authenticity.

Entry Deadline :
Friday, February 16, 2018

Mail Submissions:
Send the completed application, a check for the $35 entry fee along with a CD of 10 digital
images to:
ALRI Selection Committee
One Avenue of the Arts
Providence, RI 02903

Digital Submissions:
Email for instructions to upload images to ALRI’s Google Drive. Attach your completed application to that email. You can pay the $35 entry fee by credit card through PayPal.

Applicants will receive notification of the committee’s decision approximately one month after the submission deadline. ALRI will not process incomplete applications.

Additional promotional, professional, and biographical information must be made available upon acceptance into ALRI. Once accepted, a one time initiation fee of $75 is due, along with an additional $75 for your first year of membership. Following your first year of membership, your yearly membership dues are expected to be paid annually, in March.

Send any questions regarding the application process to or call
(401) 861-0500.



Artscope Magazine

Expect the Unexpected: AlRI Members’ Show

By J. Fatima Martins
November/December 2017 Issue

A landscape of calm, with bursts of intellectualism and touches of emotive storm, is what you’ll find at Bristol Art Museum (BAM) in the 18th Annual Elected Members Art Exhibition organized by the Art League Rhode Island (ALRI). The overall tone of the exhibition is comfort, beauty, and subtle quiet acts of rebellion. There are elegance and charm as well as mystery and engagement. What I liked most about this exhibition is that it pulled me out of my general feeling of cynicism. Art, in a beautiful light-filled gallery space, such as the one offered at BAM, gives us an opportunity for intermission and relief away from the harm we receive daily from the world around us.

There are many amusing and skilled works, with Alice Benvie Gebhart’s glass wall-sculpture landscape “The Future is Bright” and Krzysztof Mathews’ robot portrait, “Hold the Line,” being favorites among exhibition organizers. As expected, the exhibition offers diversity in subject and materials ranging from work showing local interest — like the photograph “Town Beach” by David DeMelim — to more patient and introspective works, such as “Floral Pattern,” an example of book art by Carol Strause FitzSimonds, and experiments with new media, including Kristie Gardiner’s “CCRI 2017 Chosen,” a light-box photograph exploring minimalism and the dynamics of space. There’s also stylistic contrast. You’ll find a glamorous realist portrait of a drag queen, “South Beach Drag Queen, Miss Noel Leon at the Palace,” by William Heydt, and abstract and physical paintings, like my personal favorite, “Constrained,” by Ken Steinkamp.

Steinkamp’s mixed-media, abstracted line drawing and painting on multiple layered panels of wood framed in metal deserves attention. It may be the best in the show. Steinkamp makes abstracts that are bursting with energy. In each mark, the viewer can read and feel his process. We have an idea of the tough tools he’s using and the way his body moves to create the composition. The expressive flowing marks are beautifully raw and textured. But, in spite of its beauty, “Constrained” has a problem. In this exhibition, in a gallery filled with bombastic bright colors and light, it’s somewhat lost and overlooked due to its subdued color arrangement — it’s gray, white and silver in tone. The first time I noticed Steinkamp was a few years ago at Hera Gallery in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and it’s a pleasure to see and examine his work again at BAM. His paintings are a lot more complex than they appear at first glance. Steinkamp is definitely an artist to keep watching and to look for in other regional and, hopefully, national exhibitions.

The other piece that surprised me is “2015 Tapestry Diary,” a clever vertical handwoven panel by Janet Austin. I’m generally not attracted to works of art within the craft tradition unless the work has something important to say or is technically exquisite, so during my first walk around the gallery, I ignored Austin. When I did the second walk, I felt eyes upon me, and looked over and realized that there were eye designs woven into the tapestry. I was being watched! When I moved in to look closely, I found deconstructed female faces – eyes, lips, noses and an abundance of abstracted objects. At that point, the tapestry became absolutely fascinating. It’s structured to represent a pages-within-a-diary idea. Each of the 12 horizontal sections, reading from top to bottom, is in a different color arrangement, and contains within broken-up forms that evoke the artist’s private thoughts. On the last panel at the bottom, 2015 is woven in gray, white and black tones.

Moving forward with my general disinterest in craft, I was again flummoxed to find myself liking a ceramic vase, the kind you could easily put flowers in. The artist, Jillian Barber, calls it a sculpture, and it is. “Road to Paradise” continues the tradition of ceramic making that is ages old. Specifically, it’s a vase with animal images, and the small circular wooden base on which it stands gives it an Asian sensibility. I don’t know if it was the bright sunlight in the gallery or the fact that I was hungry, but the motifs – happy elephants with gold-tipped wings, big purplish-pink butterflies and lucky frogs against lush pond and jungle green – made me happy; I giggled. “Road to Paradise” pulled me out of my critical state; it reminded me that when it comes to art, it’s best to allow yourself to move with no constraint or reconceived prejudices, allowing the unexpected to grab you.

Whether by design or by accident, Barber’s “Road to Paradise” is exhibited near “Taking Flight at Dawn,” a diptych acrylic and graphite on canvas, abstract land-and sky-scape by Karen Rand Anderson. Here we have a hazy field that is coming alive. Anderson’s painting lulls the viewer into a state of calm but active movement. There’s a sense of panicked rush against a sky of peace. The feeling of being “woke,” to apply a contemporary term for awakening. The intellectualism and energy come from the abstract style and the crazy nonlinear lines above a field of moody blue. Anderson has created an outdoor environment presenting a condition simultaneously ethereal and physical.

Because we are living in a world that is heaving with unpredictability and anxiety, it’s expected to see expressions that offer awareness, commentary and resistance against oppression. Like Anderson’s “Flight of Dawn,” which is a subtle in its commentary, Susan Fossati presents a pastel drawing of a protest crowd scene called “Presa di Coscienza.” Fossati has used a light and quick sketching style to draw out the figures in the crowd, giving attention to faces. At first glance, the drawing appears to be another relaxing, pretty scene, until you look deeper. There’s a building in the top background, almost a shadow of what looks like the United States Capitol. The crowd is holding peace signs and there’s text within the drawing that reads: “I will not go quietly back. Rights Women’s Rights. Unite. I’m with Her.” Presca di Coscienza translates roughly as “taking consciousness” or consciousness rising, waking up, and an act of realization as an activist movement or collective dynamic.

It’s impossible to describe all the excellent artworks in the “18 Annual Elected Members Art Exhibition.” What you’ll find is something for everyone. Along with the artist already mentioned above, the exhibition presents work by the following artists: Dave Kendrick, Hiroko Shikashio, Cynthia Whalen-Nelson, Kendra Bidwell Ferreira, Susan E. Patterson, Cathy Chin, Anne Winthrop Cordin, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Joan Hausrath, Nancy Nielsen, Aaron Usher, Priscilla Foley Blackman, Kathy Hodge, Robin Beckwith, Marian O’Connell, Paul M. Murray, Elena Obelenus, Felicia Touhey, Eric Hovermale, Dora Atwater Millikin, Grace Bentley-Scheck, Elizabeth Goddard, Mimo Gordon Riley, Susan Webster Kieronski, Pam Neal, Ilse Buchert Nesbitt, Peter Hussey, Marjorie Ball, Gretchen Dow Simpson, Beverly Silva, Jeanne Tangney, Reenie Barrow, Kenneth Speiser, Wanda Perkowska Coderre and Sandra Aarons Krupp.

Since its founding in 2000, the Art League Rhode Island has offered membership and exhibition opportunities to artists at all levels, emerging as well as established professionals.

RISD Guided Tour of Lines of Thought

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2pm
RISD Museum

Drawing, one of the oldest forms of human expression and communication, is important to every aspect of artistic creation. Join us to explore the history of drawing at the RISD Museum’s Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now exhibition on Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 pm in the Danforth Room for a private tour of the seventy drawings on loan from the British Museum’s Prints and Drawings Collection.

Jan Howard, RISD Museum’s chief curator and Houghton P. Metcalf Jr. Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the RISD Museum, will lead the tour followed by an introduction to the exhibit. Prior to coming to RISD in 2000, Jan spent fourteen years as a curator in the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art, including most recently the exhibition and publication Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, co-curated with Igor Marjanović.

Following the tour, a reception with light refreshments and continued conversation will take place in the Danforth Room.

Later, step into RISD Museum’s Out of Line Open Studio Space which accompanies the Lines of Thought Exhibition, to sharpen your drawing skills with prompts and a facilitator.

The program is open to ALRI Members and their guests. The Museum opens at 10:00 am. Since there is no charge for admission to the Museum on Sundays, you may want to spend additional time viewing other exhibits either before or after the tour and reception.

Click here for more information about the exhibit.

To help us plan, please send an email to to let us know you will attend.

Modern Salon with Cate Chason

Painting and Drawing as Social Commentary

Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 1 – 3pm
Cate Chason’s Studio in Barrington, RI

Many artists have used their talents and mediums to express their thoughts about the contemporary society in which they live. For some, those artistic statements have been very direct and realistic, while others have chosen a more subtle and diffuse approach. In her drawing and painting, Cate Chason has varied along that spectrum, but clearly has a masterfully artistic message to deliver.

Her current work, “The Environment Unprotected”, is a series of paintings and drawings inspired by her concerns that federal policies will leave the environment vulnerable to irreversible exploitation and damage. Cate’s other recent work, “The Election Tree Series”, on exhibit in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, expresses through landscapes of trees her reactions to the 2016 presidential campaign and election experience.

In our visit to her studio, we will have the opportunity to understand her process, perceptions and how she hopes that she makes her mark as an artist and person.

This program is open to ALRI members and their guests. Limited to eight people. To help us plan for the salon, please send an email, if possible, to to let us know you will attend.

See more about Cate Chason’s art at

Images courtesy of Cate Chason’s website from “The Environment Unprotected” series.


Opening Reception

Through the Lens is your opportunity to exhibit the best of your photographic creations—the ones that make you or others say, “Wow!”  Let loose your vision and creativity for a fun show that allows for diverse art, but does not require it.  Your art may range from a well-composed still life black and white print to a colorful action-oriented triptych on metal to an innovative 3D arrangement of images, light, and other materials. Share the photographic work that you take pride in creating with an international community through both a gallery and web-based juried exhibit.

Exhibition: Friday, December 1, 2017 –  Saturday, March 3, 2018
ALRI/The VETS Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

Reception& Awards: Thursday, December 14th, 2017 5:30-8pm. Awards at 7pm.
A small number of cash awards totaling $1,000 will be given along with some non-cash awards.

The VETS Gallery is part of the recently renovated VETs Memorial Auditorium complex, a state of the art performance facility. Thousands of visitors view the gallery’s juried and invitational visual art exhibitions. ALRI has an 18-year history of supporting artists and the arts, and is honored to be one of five resident arts companies in The VETS Memorial Auditorium complex. Adjacent to some of Providence’s best shopping areas, restaurants and hotels, the ALRI-managed gallery is close to the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University.

Juror: Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA. Ms. Tognarelli is well-known and respected in photographic communities within the United States and internationally for her work as a curator, juror, portfolio reviewer, arts administrator and innovator. To learn more, click here.

Return of Work: Participating artists who delivered their art in person will pick it up on Monday, March 5th, or Tuesday, March 6th. Those who shipped their art will have it returned to them in the packaging in which it was sent using its prepaid return shipping label.

CLICK HERE for the prospectus.

Questions: Contact


Boghossian Donation

Boghossian Memorial Trust Makes Donation to Art League Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Art League Rhode Island (ALRI) recently received a donation of $500 from the Paul O. & Mary Boghossian Memorial Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. The trust was established by Joan and Paul O. Boghossian Jr. in memory of Paul’s father, Paul Sr., and his mother, Mary. Part of the trust’s mission includes supporting and enabling the local Rhode Island arts community through grants and donations.

“We are grateful for this gift from the Boghossian Memorial Trust,” said ALRI President Jen Ferry, “which will help us to achieve our mission of supporting Rhode Island artists.”

About ALRI

Founded in 2000, ALRI is an innovative leader in the support of Rhode Island’s art and artists. A membership-based, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, ALRI represents more than 110 elected member artists and 100 members in 32 of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, providing exhibitions and programs that engage the community and enrich lives by bringing art to the public.


Bristol Art Museum

Exhibition:  October 20 – November 19, 2017
Sponsored by:


Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 11
Delivery of work: Sunday, October 15, 3:00-6:00pm & Monday, October 16, 10:00am-Noon
Opening reception: Friday, October 20, 6:30-8:30pm
Pickup of work: Sunday, November 19, 4:00-7:00pm
Location: Bristol Art Museum, 10 Wardwell Street, Bristol, Rhode Island

Prospectus: CLICK HERE to view a pdf file with the Prospectus and Entry Forms.

Eligibility: All Elected Artist members are invited to submit two artworks. To check the status of your membership, please email the office at or call (401) 861-0500.

Hanging Fee: Artists may submit up to two pieces for $35. Payment may be made by check or online at ALRI with PayPal.

Artwork: All media accepted. Artwork previously exhibited with ALRI is not permitted. All work must be original and created in the last 4 years. Work found to be copied from copyrighted work will not be hung (no reprints). All work must be exhibition ready to install with the appropriate hardware. No saw tooth hangers or clips. No dark-colored mats. Work that does not adhere to the guidelines will not be exhibited.

Installation pieces: Any member entering an installation work must submit a detailed description of the installation including dimensions and any electrical requirements to

NOTE: Installation pieces must be approved upon registration. Artists requiring special installation of work must be available to help if requested. Pedestals will be provided for 3D work if requested.

Size limit: Maximum size up to 48″ wide x 48″ high including frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych etc.) to make up one work. 3D work will be moved on a regular basis for events. We ask that the overall footprint of 3D work be 24″ x 24″ inches or less, with a weight limit of 50 pounds.

Registration Guidelines: Artists may select to register by mailing the attached forms and fee to ALRI, One Avenue of The Arts, Providence, RI 02903, or fill in the forms electronically and send by email to with subject line, “Elected Artists’ Exhibit.” Fee may be submitted through PayPal. Please attach a JPG of your work to be exhibited with your email, 6 inches in either direction at 300 dpi. Include artist’s name and title of work in the file name.

Cut out and attach the Artist ID forms to the back of your artwork upon delivery to the Bristol Art Museum. If you would like to replace your current bio/resume in the ALRI notebook, please bring a new copy upon delivery of your work, typed on an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper (two pages maximum).

Early Publicity Deadline: Artists who would like to have their images considered for publicity purposes must submit images including artist name, title, medium, size to

Sales: Work may be for sale or listed as Not for Sale (NFS); however, no work may be listed as Price on Request (POR).

Liability–Legal Agreement & Participant’s Waiver: Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against Art League Rhode Island (ALRI) or the Bristol Art Museum, including the officers, members, and employees. ALRI will exercise reasonable care in handling all entries, but will not assume any liability for loss or damage while in the Bristol Art Museum’s possession. Work should be independently insured by the artist.

 Questions: Email us at or call (401) 861-0500.

VETS Gallery


In Transit
September 8 – November 26, 2017

Art League Rhode Island at The VETS Gallery
One Avenue of The Arts
Providence, RI 02903


Event Dates:
Entry Deadline Extended: August 11


Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20
Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20

Entry Fee (In Transit – Entry Fee and First Image): $40.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $15.00 

In Transit seeks art that is connected to travelers and their transit experience in both the literal and metaphoric sense. Think: multifaceted transitory moments, whether across, around, over, under or through bridges, roads, deserts, forests, time, and mind. This exhibition highlights the tangible and intangible elements of transportation, being in transition, in motion, in-between and neither here nor there – on a journey, in all its permutations.Juror: Abigail Newbold, Director of Exhibitions, The Institute of Contemporary Art/BostonAwards: A small number of cash awards totaling $1,000 will be given along with some non-cash awards. Please read this prospectus carefully and only consider submitting work if you are able to comply with the requirements and timetable outlined in this document.IMPORTANT TIMELINE DATES
Registration Deadline: Friday, August 11th, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: Saturday, August 19th, 2017 via email. No inquires please. All decisions are final.

Exhibition: Friday, September 8th thru Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Reception and Awards: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00 PM EDT

In-Person Delivery of Accepted Work: All in-person deliveries will be made on Tuesday, September 5th, or Wednesday, September 6th, Noon – 5 PM EDT at The VETS Gallery on the 3rd Floor of the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Providence.  Access is provided via the street level entrance at 83 Park Street at the rear of the building. Parking is available either on the street, or in the Providence Place Mall parking garage.  Anyone delivering artwork in-person must remove any packing materials used from the Gallery. Please DO NOT use Styrofoam “peanuts” or their equivalents in packing.  Accepted work MUST remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Shipment of Accepted Work:  Shipped deliveries must arrive at a designated UPS facility in Rhode Island by Thursday, August 31, 2017, based on specific instructions that will be communicated via e-mail to those artists whose work is accepted.  Each box shipped must be accompanied by a prepaid, return shipment label which is placed in an envelope inside the box. Please make sure that the box and materials that you use will adequately protect your work, and DO NOT use Styrofoam “peanuts” or their equivalents in packing.  A $15 ALRI handling fee will be required for each box shipped. Accepted work MUST remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.                                                    

Return of Work: Participating artists who delivered their art in-person will pick it up on Monday, November 27th, 10 AM – 3 PM EST, or Tuesday, November 28th, Noon – 5 PM EST.  Those who shipped their art will have it returned to them in the packaging in which it was sent using its prepaid return shipping label.

Eligibility: Any artist who is at least 18 years or older may participate.

Submittal Fee:  Artists may submit up to 20 images of their entries. For non-ALRI members, the application entry fee, which includes the first image fee, is $40, and the fee for each subsequent image is $15.  For current ALRI Members or Elected Artist Members who use the discount code which will be e-mailed to them, the application entry fee is reduced to $30, and for each subsequent image is only $9.  All CAFE fees are non-refundable, and must be paid by credit/debit card.  Payment of those fees indicates the acknowledgement of the terms and conditions of the exhibition.

Want to become an ALRI Member? ALRI membership offers many benefits to artists. If you would like explore ALRI and join as a Member, please go to the link,, and click on the “Learn More” button in the “JOIN” box. 

Artwork: All 2D and 3D media is eligible. Artwork previously exhibited with ALRI is not permitted. All work must be original. Work found to be copied from copyrighted work will not be hung.  Reprints are not permitted. All work must be exhibition ready to install with the appropriate hardware. No saw tooth hangers or clips. No dark-colored mats. Work that does not adhere to the guidelines, or is deemed not to be a faithful representation of the image submitted, will not be exhibited.  Artwork must be appropriate for viewers of all ages.

Installation Pieces: Must include a detailed description of any electrical, lighting, or space requirements.

Size Limit: Maximum size up to 48” wide and 72” high including the frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych etc.) to make up one work.  3D work will be moved on a regular basis for events. We ask that the overall footprint of 3D work be 24″ x 24” or less with a weight limit 35 lbs.

Sales & Commissions: Sales are encouraged. Work may be for sale or listed as not for sale (NFS); however, no work may be listed as Price on Request (POR). Prices provided by the artist should reflect the 30% (members) or 40% (non-members) commission taken by ALRI on all artwork sold. Artists will be paid their percentage of the sale by ALRI within 30 calendar days after the exhibition closes.

Liability – Legal Agreement & Participant’s Waiver:  Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against ALRI or The VETS, including the officers, members, and employees. ALRI will exercise reasonable care in handling all entries, but will not assume any liability for loss or damage while in ALRI’s possession. Work should be independently insured by the artist.

Usage Rights: By submitting images, you are giving ALRI the right to use the images for the purpose of marketing the exhibition and for reproduction online. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. ALRI reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.  Payment of the submission fee indicates acknowledgement of all terms and conditions.

Questions: Contact or call (401) 861-0500.  


2017 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Providence Art Club  
11 Thomas St., Providence, RI

4:30 pm – Registration & Reception
5:15 pm – Business Meeting
6:15 pm – Guest Speaker, Natalie Featherston

The Art of Deception: Trompe L’oeil Paintings of Natalie Featherston
Artist Natalie Featherston works exclusively in the centuries old realm of trompe l’oeil, creating dazzling paintings that combine the virtuosity of a Dutch master with a thoroughly modern mind.  The Chicago Sun Times has described her work as, “artful beyond just illusion and trickery, they are truly masterful still lifes made with both craft and wit.”  Ms. Featherston’s paintings have received numerous awards from some of the most distinguished art organizations in the country, and her work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, and the Santa Fean Magazine.  Ms. Featherston is represented by several fine art galleries across the country, and her paintings are sought after by notable collectors including Toni Morrison, Danielle Steele, J.J. Abrams, and Alex Kurtzman.

Open to ALRI members in good standing. Non-members $20 entry fee. Seating limited.
RSVP required by June 9 –

Artwork courtesy of Natalie Featherston. www.nataliefeatherston.comGreed, oil on panel, 11”x14.

Modern Salon – Exploring Paper

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 1 – 3 pm
Paper Connection International
166 Doyle Ave. Providence, RI 02906

For many artists, paper is an integral component of their art as a substrate for images, a structural element, or a medium to transform. In its many forms, paper has both enabled and shaped artistic expression.

As Paper Connection International’s founder, Lauren Pearlman Sugita is committed to the preservation of traditional hand papermaking, and exploring the current and future uses of paper. She will share her decades-worth of knowledge about the wide range of papers that she has encountered, the experiences of others in using those papers, and aspects of the papermaking process itself.

This program is open to ALRI members and their guests. To help us plan for the salon, please send an email, if possible, to to let us know you will attend.

Learn more about Paper Connection International on FaceBook at

Images courtesy of Paper Connection International’s website,

Modern Salon – Perspectives on Cuban Art & Culture

Modern Salon – Perspectives on Cuban Art & Culture

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm
The Hive
650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852

ALRI Elected Artists Cindy Horovitz Wilson, Eileen McCarney Muldoon and Paul M. Murray have explored Cuba as travel and fine art photographers for the past five years. Their journeys have afforded them a unique view of Cuban life, art and culture. Through their images and stories as well as the works of some Cuban artists, they will share with you their perspectives on Cuban art and culture.

This program is open to ALRI members and their guests. To help us plan for the salon, please send an email, if possible, to to let us know you will attend.

Directions to The Hive can be found at

Photograph courtesy of  Eileen McCarney Muldoon.

2017 Associate Members’ Exhibition

The Red Gallery at Providence Picture Frame,  27 Dryden Lane, Providence RI

Congratulations to the following 2017 Annual Associates’ Exhibit award winners! Special thanks to Elected Artist Marjorie Hellman for being our guest juror.
1st Place
Laura White Carpenter, The Conversation
2nd Place  
Linda DiFrenna, Bird in Hand
3rd Place  
Beth JohnstonOff Season
Honorable Mentions  
Mary-Kim Arnold(Re-)Dress – One for Every Thousand #101
and Sharon D EismanMohomodi 


The Integration of Art, Science and Medicine

Exhibition: June 19 – August 30

Exhibiting Artists: Kathryn Parker Almanas, Karen Rand Anderson, Colleen Fitzgerald, Victoria Guerina, Beth Johnston, Edward Krent, Irene Lawrence, Stephen Metcalf, Kelly Milukas, Eva Petric, Betsy Ritz, Ken Steinkamp

Art League Rhode Island, in collaboration with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University will open the 2nd Annual CSF (“CSF”) Symposium, jointly sponsored by the Medical School and the Department of Neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital, on June 16, 2017, with a new juried exhibition: The Intersection of Art, Science and Medicine — featuring two-dimensional artwork that illustrates the transformative manifestations of neuro-metabolic disorders. On display will be chosen pieces of interpretive artistic renderings by individual artists.

This integrative exhibit is the vision of Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD, Director of the Annual CSF Symposium, and the first–of-its-kind collaborative effort between ALRI and Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, together with the Department of Neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital. Of the exhibit, Dr. Klinge, a Rhode Island neurosurgery specialist, says “I am very excited that the Brown CSF Symposium will kick-off with a gathering of artists and medical professionals to frame and picture health problems in neurosciences. The arts exhibition will be an important step toward a new dimension in medical science, where artists will enhance the understanding and the approach to complex and challenging diseases, such as disorders of the cerebrospinal fluid.”

Dr. Klinge believes in the unique power of bridging science and art, as the artist’s renderings often capture the essence of a clinical disorder, which may inform physicians in gaining a better understanding of the patient’s perspective and experiences. The Warren Alpert Medical School was among the first in the country to explore the use of the arts in medical training through its Clinical Arts and Humanities Program, an interdisciplinary initiative that has drawn upon strong partnerships with the Rhode Island School of Design and Providence’s Trinity Playhouse. A growing number of medical schools across the country have developed such curricula, including, among others, Harvard Medical School, Yale School of Medicine and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Incorporating arts education into the curriculum enhances students’ observational skills and empathy, and recent research suggests that “empathetic engagement in patient care” can significantly improve a patient’s clinical outcome.

Echoing Klinge’s sentiment, ALRI artist, founder and juror Nancy Gaucher-Thomas says, “We have come to learn the positive impact that art has on emotions, attitudes and beliefs and the contribution it can make to greater health and wellness for the individual. The work that was selected seeks to give a better understanding and importance of what artists may offer in the multi-faceted area of healthcare with a contribution to positive outcomes.” Jurist Peter J. Snyder, PhD, states, “The works in this exhibit, together, seek to convey both the elegance and frailties of our own anatomy.” And jurist Gretchen Dow Simpson notes, “In the end the doctors and the artists were speaking the same artistic language.”

Seeking excellence in the arts, Art League Rhode Island fosters participation in and appreciation of the arts by providing opportunities for growth and encouragement of artists. In furtherance of their mission, ALRI has partnered with local art museums, RISD, Rhode Island College, The VETS Foundation, Providence Art Club, New England Foundation for the Arts, and many other artistic, educational, and philanthropic organizations.

The exhibition will be held at the Warren Alpert Medical School, 222 Richmond Street, Providence, RI, beginning June 19 through August 30, 2017. The building is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Click here for a copy of the prospectus.

“Untitled I” Mixed Media by Betsy Ritz

“Social Connections” Mixed Media by Edward Krent

“Interior XII, Gauze and Tubing” Archival Pigment Print by Kathryn Parker Almanas



Boats, Surf, and Beaches

Open Juried International Exhibition
The VETS Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence RI 02903

Boats, surf, and beaches – whether combined or separate, active or passive, foreground or background – are often the intrinsic components of coastal recreation. Let your art interpret some aspect of these recreational themes.

Exhibition  April 7 – May 27, 2017

Best in Show  Port of Gold, a color photograph by George Salter
First Prize  Tide Pool – Raw Weather, an oil painting on linen by Jonathan Small
Second Prize  Beach, an oil painting on linen by Susan Fossati
Third Prize  Mini Cooper at the Sea Wall, a color ‘built panorama’ photograph by David DeMelim

Honorable Mentions
Orange Bows, a color photograph by George Salter
Sailors Take Warning, a pigment inkjet image by Petrea Noyes
Mohegan Bluffs, an oil painting on linen by Jonathan McPhillips
Sally Found a Starfish, an oil painting on linen by Jonathan Small|
Sea Bounty, a color photograph by Katherine Wilson
Beacon in the Mist, a color photograph by Cindy Wilson
Unsettled, a monotype by Diane L’Heureux
Hope, a 3D printed sculpture cast in pewter on black marble by Heather Frymark

Exhibiting Artists
Leah Abrahams  –  SuzanneAulds  –  Janet Austin  –  Carolynn Baker  –  Robin Beckwith  –  Claire Bowen  –  Lorraine Bromley  –  Cathy Chin  –  Ruth Clegg  –  Michael Corthell  –  David DeMelim  –  Cynthia DiDonato  –  Betsy Fenik  –  Kendra Ferreira  –  Molly Fletcher  –  Susan Fossati  –  Heather Frymark  –  Stephanie Holznecht  –  Amy Hutto  –  Beth Johnston  –  Geoffrey Krist  –  Andrew Kuziak  –  Jacqueline Lamontagne  –  Jill Law  –  Diane Heureux  –  Saberah Malik  –  Michael Manni  –  Amy McGregor-Radin  –  Jonathan McPhillips  –  Dianne Miller  –  Juditta Musette  –  Petrea Noyes  –  Kelsy Patnaude  –  Brian Pernicone   –  Elizabeth Ricketson  –  George Salter  –  Jonathan Small  –  Elinor Thompson  –  Cindy Wilson  –  Katherine Wilson  –  Rhonda Zoch

Juror  Anthony Tomaselli



Modern Salon – Fiber & Fabric Art

Thousandth Hour of the Next Journey
Wednesday, April 5 from 6 – 7:45 pm

St. George’s School, Hunter Gallery
William H. Drury and Richard Grosvenor Center for the Arts
372 Purgatory Road, Middletown RI 02842

Saberah Malik, ALRI Elected Artist, will share insights from her experience as a fiber and fabric artist.  Her exhibit, “Sculpture”, which provides a visual backdrop for an interesting discussion about her materials and process, is on display from March 31 – May 12 at the gallery.

As an artist, Malik has come to understand that making art is as solitary an activity as the act of giving. Each is an enriching experience of getting back more than what one gives.  In making art, an instant occurs where a creative mind is triggered to arrive at an unforeseen juxtaposition of thoughts and images that originate in the next work of art.

This program is open to ALRI members and their guests. To register, please send an email to

Photographs courtesy of Saberah Malik.