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Theatre, Dance, Music and more!

The JAC is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts space that hosts dynamic events throughout the year.

Current & Upcoming Events

Support the JAC!

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Support the Jamestown Arts Center as we JumpstART the Arts this October!
We are participating in the Pell Bridge Run to raise money for our innovative arts and educational programming. 

Sunday, October 21st
7:00 am – 9:00 am

Donate to the JAC Team!

We are fundraising for our team via our Crowdrise Page.
To join our fundraising team, navigate to this page and click the ‘Donate Now’ button.
We’re hoping to raise $2500 via sponsorship!

If you are interested in running for the Arts Center please contact JAC Development Associate Susie Pentelow: susie@jamestownartcenter.org

The mission of the Jamestown Arts Center is to engage, enrich and inspire our community through extraordinary arts and educational experiences. Every year, we welcome participants from Jamestown, Newport County and across the state for our innovative exhibitions, creative camps and classes, and exciting live dance, music, theatre and film events. This includes locally beloved events such as Heifetz on Tour and the Brown / Trinity Rep MFA Programs Annual Shakespeare performances. 

Our board, staff, and special friends will be running or walking the Pell Bridge Run together to raise money to help support the free, family-friendly workshops and events, exciting exhibitions, and fun classes and camps that we have planned for 2019. 

Help us JumpstART the Arts with a gift to support our 2019 programming!

Call To Artists

11/02/2018 – 11/03/2018

Members’ Show 2018
Suggested Theme: lush. and slow

The theme of “lush. and slow” for the 2018 Members’ Show
was taken from the Nayyriah Waheed poem:

i want to live so densely. lush. and slow
in the next few years. That a year
becomes ten years. and the past
becomes only a page. in the book of
my life.

– Nayyriah Waheed

Awards Juror: Roger Mandle
Senior Advisor to the Chair of the Board of Qatar Museums Authority; former Executive Director and Chief Museum Officer, QMA; Visiting Professor, Graduate Program in Museum Studies, Brown University; former President of Rhode Island School of Design; Deputy Director, National Gallery of Art; Director of Toledo Museum of Art; member National Council on the Arts.

Prizes awarded!
Best in Show winner is awarded a solo show in our small gallery during Members’ Show 2019

Kate Barber,  2018, Above and Below 3
free machine embroidery, linen, cotton, buckram, acrylic paint, thread
22”h x 20”w x 7”d

All work that meets the requirements will be hung in the show.
All current members of the Jamestown Arts Center may submit ONE piece.
New Memberships and renewals will be accepted during registration.
Membership Fees: $25 Senior /Student  |  $35 Individual  |  $50 Family
$15 Entry Fee
All media accepted.

All work MUST:
•Be original in concept and execution
•Have been completed in the last two years (2016 on)
•Be properly prepared for installation (all 2D work must be wired)
•Be labeled on the back with artist’s name, title, medium, price, and date
•Not have been shown previously at the Jamestown Arts Center
•Be available for the duration of the show
Can NOT exceed 30″ in any direction

Work that weighs more than 50lbs will need special consideration, please call to discuss.
Work may or may not be for sale.
The JAC reserves the right to refuse any work it deems unfit for inclusion in a community arts center setting.
The JAC will take a 35% commission on work that is sold during the exhibit.

Friday, November 2nd (12 pm – 4 pm)
& Saturday November 3rd (10 am -2 pm)

(New Memberships and renewals will be accepted during registration)

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 8th 6 – 8 pm

EXHIBITION DATES: November 8 – December 6, 2018

GALLERY HOURS:  Wed. – Sat. 10 am – 2pm, or by appt.

Friday, December 7th 10am – 2pm
& Saturday, December 8th 10am – 2pm

You, or your representative, must be able to drop off during the times above.

Call to Artists


CUT & PASTE: Collage Today

Sam Gilliam, 30″ x 42″ mono print on arches 88.


Submission Deadline: December 1, 2018
Artist Selection Notification: January 15, 2019
Artwork Drop-Off: February 26 – March 2  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday March 14, 2019 • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 14 – April 20, 2019
Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sat. • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Artwork Pick-Up: April 22 – 24 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

JAC MEMBERS:$15 for one entry and $25 for two
NON-MEMBERS: $20 for one entry and $30 for two

Entry Fee

Only ONE piece will be selected
Artists responsible for delivery and return of selected works

Stemming from Cubism, collage as an art form first appeared in Picasso’s 1912 work, “Still Life with Chair Caning”. The layering of images and incorporation of autonomous elements continued to develop through George Braque’s artwork, becoming something new again with Hannah Hoch’s photomontage works of the 1920s and 30s.  Joseph Cornell’s post-war works developed the concept further by making it three-dimensional, a technique he used throughout his career and even carried into film. Beginning in the 1960s, Washington Color School artist, Sam Gilliam, assembles his collages to resemble his quilted and draped paintings, but on a smaller, more detailed scale. Artists such as Martha Rosler, continue to push the medium of collage. Her House Beautiful: Bringing Home the War, which was first created in 1967 and then again in 2008, creates photomontages that bring the horrors of war and political issues into American interior spaces, making the viewer remember the proximity of world events.  Collage enables artists to expand the boundaries of materials and question cultural norms and concepts of aesthetics.

Submission form HERE

Facility Rental

The JAC is a unique venue for a variety of events including birthday parties, meetings, wedding receptions, film screenings, book launches and retreats. Call us to find out more about our facility and to book your event!


Children’s Birthday Party – Choose a Theme!

Children’s Birthday Parties include an art project led by a JAC instructor. Choose a theme and we’ll do the rest! Themes are:


Create a unique owl mask out of recycled materials and decorate it any way you’d like using paint, markers, glitter and paper feathers!

Sea Life

Create a beautiful diorama full of colorful shells while learning all about the different plants and animals that live in our ocean! Fun and educational!


Spend some time collecting natural materials like sticks, stones and leaves in the nearby park, and return to the JAC to build your very own Fairy House!


Create colorful little dragons out of recycled materials that can sit on your shoulder or breathe fire, and decorate your dragon any way you’d like!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

This party’s all about transportation: draw and build cars, trucks, planes or boats using cardboard and other fun recycled materials!

Colors of the Rainbow

Take part in fun and arty games that explore the many ranges of colors we see every day, and make a cool piece of artwork to take home, too!


Children’s Birthday Party Rates:

  • $150 for 10 children and under
  • $200 11- 15 children
  • Over 15 children, $15/additional child


Children’s Ceramics Birthday Party:

Each child creates a work of art in clay! Learn hand building skills, and children 8 and up will take turns throwing on the wheel!

  • $320 for up to 12 children (minimum age for children attending is 6.)


Parties are two hours and include one room and one instructor for art activity, and one room for cake and reception. Parents provide all beverages and food, as well as napkins, cups, tablecloths, and decorations.


Individuals & Non-Profits

2 – 3 hour party or event – $750 (includes setup and staff)

Business & Corporate Retreats

Please call for rates.


Jamestown Arts Center | Location: 18 Valley Street, Jamestown, Rhode Island 02835 | Mailing Address: PO Box 97, Jamestown,
Rhode Island 02835 | for more Information call: (401) 560-0979 or email


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