RIPCA is a member supported exhibition space and resource center dedicated to promoting contemporary photography.
We offer an evolving range of programs and run three member exhibitions annually with a new exhibition opening on the third Thursday of each month. Our exhibition schedule features numerous opportunities for members, guests and visitors to exhibit their work and includes national and international juried exhibitions. We also present a series of curated exhibitions to feature emerging artists or to explore a photographic process in addition to solo and invitational exhibitions. In addition to our exhibition schedule we offer workshops, mentorship programs and monthly opportunities for members to gather and share their work.
Membership is open and available in a range of levels to meet your area of interest, from those just starting out to seasoned professional and runs from community member to collector. Each membership supports our ongoing activities and each level offers a unique set of benefits.
Details about Membership can be found on our website at www.riphotocenter.org/membership-info
Membership starts by registering at www.riphotocenter.org/registration or visiting the gallery in person.
The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts is located at 118 North Main St. in Providence, RI., on the second floor in the historic Russell House.
The Russell House was built in 1772 for the brothers William and Joseph, then among the city’s wealthiest citizens from, the success of their West Indies trading. The house was the second brick edifice and the first three-storey structure in Providence. The British blockade of the shipping lanes during the Revolutionary War brought financial ruin to the Russell brothers and the house was sold in 1798. It was later raised one story and a ground floor inserted to create a lobby as the home became the Clarendon Hotel. The building was sold again in 1920 and the original interiors were sold off to several museums, a popular form of historic preservation at the time. The interiors from the Russell House are on display in the Brooklyn Museum, the Minneapolis Art Museum and the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design as parts of Early American exhibitions. You can see the displays of the original interiors with period furnishings at the Brooklyn Museum and the Minneapolis Art Museum. The Russell House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.