Update from the Director…
Pictured above is the first print available as part of our new Print a Month Club, this new program for 2022 was introduced as a fun way to support the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts and grow your collection at the same time. The program will make a new collector’s print available each month produced in a very limited edition of 18. These numbered prints are available for purchase individually or the complete set of 12 prints can be pre-purchased. A new print will become available each month, for more details or to order or reserve your set today.
March is Women’s History Month, and with it comes the latest installment of our annual Behind the Lens: Women in Photography series. … This year’s exhibition, Stitches in Time was curated by Emily Belz and features work by Becky Behar, Coco McCabe, Michelle Peterson, Gail Samuelson, and Erin Sweeney to explore gender stereotypes, time management and domestic narratives through a 21st Century lens.
The exhibition opened on February 17th and continues on view through March 11th…
Opening on March 17th will be Making Pictures with Plants: Contemporary Anthotypes, curated by Jesseca Ferguson and Mary Kocol. The exhibition brings together work from practitioners around the world of this early photographic process that uses plant material as a light sensitive dye. The exhibition presents the work of sixteen current practitioners of this vintage process to take on contemporary topics. Different plants can be used to create prints in different colors…
Entry for our 8th Annual International Call for Contemporary Photography has closed results for this exhibition opening on April 21st. After a two year pause we are excited to be presenting this annual look at contemporary photography juried this year by Jessica Roscio, Director and Curator of the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University
While we wait for the International Call to come together we are excited to be presenting a unique opportunity for Leica Shooters everywhere in the form of a Call for Entries to Explore the “Leica look and Mystique” Entry is open through April 3rd. This exhibition, open to photographs captured with any Leica camera will be juried by Leica Ambassador Eileen McCarney Muldoon and Olaf Willoughby.
Beyond our Exhibitions: Reviews, Collectors & Support
Our individual feedback sessions with the Director have proved a popular addition, providing a chance to get feedback on new work, share ideas, explore future directions or projects in development. Sessions can also be used to prepare a portfolio or present exhibition ready work. Schedule yours today, available via Zoom or live in the gallery, scheduling is available on our website
Copies of our first portfolio, 20/20 in a Box produced by our re/vision review group are still available. This limited edition boxed set of prints includes work from 10 members including Eileen McCarney Muldoon, Deb Ehrens, and provides a great way to start off or expand your collection. For more information and to order limited edition portfolio visit our website at 20/20 in a Box
March is also National Cheerleader Safety Month…
… and includes observances for National Peanut Butter Lovers Day (March 1st), Dr. Seuss’s Birthday (March 2nd) and Employee Appreciation Day (March 5th)... dubious at best, as this should be a given every day… Plant a Flower Day (March 12th), extra important if you are thinking about trying your hand at Anthotypes, National Pi Day (March 14th), always popular with the more technically inclined and word nerds everywhere, First Day of Spring (March 20th), National Teenager Day, pretty sure they don’t need a day of their own or any other excuse to focus on themselves… International Waffle Day, (March 25th) not sure what this one is about, but a good reminder to hit up T’s (a local breakfast place) for their Rose Window, a classic Belgian waffle w/fresh strawberries & blueberries with Greek-style vanilla yogurt, candied pecans + honey … Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, (March 26th), how did I not know this was a thing? It needs no explanation, but begs the question, do we have to go to work on the 26th?
The gallery is open Thursdays – Saturdays Noon – 6:00pm
Individual Portfolio/Project Reviews:
Individual feedback opportunities are available on an ongoing basis in four different formats for 2022.
These review sessions can be used to preview new work, share ideas and explore future directions or projects in development. Appointments can be scheduled online for Zoom or in person sessions at www.riphotocenter.org/portfolio-reviews-and-consultations
Registration is open for our annual 20 minute individual Member review sessions.
We are also offering 45 minute one on one sessions open to the public via zoom or in person at the Gallery
New for 2022 we will also be offering “Lunch with the Director” for those interested in a more immersive conversations about your work and your goals. Lunch is included with these two hour more casual sessions. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently in the Gallery: through March 11th
Curated by Emily Belz: Stitches in Time presented as part of our annual Behind the Lens series to explore domestic and family driven narratives from five women photographers. The collected work asks us to reexamine the fabric of our society, the ties that bind and the “stitches” that hold us together. The exhibition brings together a selection of work from Becky Behar, Coco McCabe, Michelle Petersen, Gail Samuelson, and Erin Sweeney to explore gender stereotypes, time management and domestic narratives through a 21st Century lens.
Next – Opening March 17th
As part of our ongoing exploration of alternate processes we will be presenting, Making Pictures from Plants: Contemporary Anthotypes, curated by Jesseca Ferguson and Mary Kocol. Invented in 1842 by Mary Somerville, anthotypes are images created using photosensitive material from plants. Exposures for this contact printing process run from hours to days in direct sunlight as the area not covered by the material is bleached out by the sun rays to form an image. The exhibition will feature sixteen current practitioners from around the world to look at contemporary practice.
Coming in April –
Eighth International Call for Entries: Jessica Roscio, Juror
This exhibition will be mounted as an international showcase for contemporary voices in photography as juried by Jessica Roscio, Director and Curator of the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University. Prior to the Danforth, Roscio held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition will open on Thursday, April 21st and be on view Friday, May 13th
There will not be an in person Print Share & Peer Review session in March. These in person opportunities will return in April as COVID restrictions allow. These peer review sessions are open to anyone fully vaccinated, to share and comment on work with fellow members and enthusiasts. Bring your prints to this monthly event which is scheduled for the Second Wednesday of each month and starts at 6:30pm. Check the events section on our website for more information and updates.
Currently Available Online:
All of our exhibitions are available on the RICPA website, past exhibitions can be found here https://www.riphotocenter.org/category/exhibits/past