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Exhibitions

Exhibitions

The gallery space at the Jamestown Arts Center has become one of the most exciting places to experience art and design in southern Rhode Island. Because of its large size and high ceiling height, the space is unique and lends itself to a variety of exhibits in both two and three dimensions as well as installations. Please contact Exhibitions Director Karen Conway at karen@jamestownartcenter.org for questions related to the gallery.

Above image: Xander Morro, Nebraska 1 (detail), 2015, Quilted and Silkscreened fabric with embroidered patches, 6’ x 5’

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

A Mythic Pause

03/05/2020 – 08/15/2020


GALLERY OPEN!

A Mythic Pause
Molly Kaderka + Kit Howland

Exhibition Dates:
March 5 – August 15th (Exhibition dates EXTENDED!)

New Gallery Hours: 
Thursday: 4pm -7pm
Friday: 11am – 3pm
Saturday: 11am – 3pm

Or by appointment: Please contact Exhibition Director Karen Conway via email to make an appointment.

Donate to our ARTS RELIEF FUND!

A Mythic Pause Price list View individual pieces.
If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please contact Exhibitions Director Karen Conway at karen@jamestownartcenter.org.

A Mythic Pause creates an immersive environment with large-scale, site-specific paintings laminated directly to the walls. Using a combination of printmaking, drawing and painting, Kaderka depicts two different realms: the celestial and the terrestrial. Framed by a tactile printed rock surface, the circular compositions act as an aperture to the distant and intangible stars

Watch the Exhibition Video Tour!

 

Beckett’s Maze: Go On

06/12/2020 – 08/15/2020

Site-specific Ephemeral Environmental Installation
By Robin Crocker
Located in the Jamestown Arts Center parking lot, 45 feet in diameter

Opening Friday, June 12th!
On view until it fades.
No Appointment Needed.
Please maintain social distancing while interacting with the installation.


Photo credit Drone Ability

Artist Robin Crocker is creating a painted maze based on the ancient labyrinth or maze found in Chartres Cathedral, circa 1200, for the Jamestown Arts Center parking lot. The maze is intended to be walked. Participants follow the convoluted pathway as it winds to the center. The maze is an invitation to enjoy a walking meditation, an existential journey to one’s core.  Her color choices (purple, black, and gold) express the sacred nature of the experience.

In the design, Crocker incorporates the closing text from Samuel Beckett’s novel, The Unnameable – “You must go on. I can’t go on. I’ll go on.”  “You must go on” marks the entrance into the maze. Gold medallions are spaced 6 feet apart (to ensure social distancing while interacting with the installation) stenciled alternately with “I can’t go on” and “I’ll go on” dotting the pathway through the maze.

In celebration of Community, the maze is a destination, a shared space that invites each member of the community to enter and experience a private navigation to the center; a metaphor for one’s journey through life. The sorrow and uncertainty of life –  “I can’t go on”, with the joy, acceptance, and inevitability of life – “I’ll go on” are passed over like a rhythmic chant. The maze inspires the contemplation of opposites as one considers the physical and spiritual journey, life and death, the solitary self in relation to one’s membership in community.

Crocker states: “Paradoxically, we must retreat from community to aid community right now. In the midst of this global pandemic, faced with deeply rooted social injustice and political divide, now is a crucial time to contemplate our role, our impact, as part of this whole. A journey through Beckett’s Maze offers an opportunity for this much needed introspection.”

Robin Crocker is a Bristol, Rhode Island, based artist working with written text to create a sculptural experience. Merging form with idea, the ancient labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral with Samuel Beckett’s deeply self-conscious musings about consciousness, she invites the viewer to become a participant. One-time head of the Patina Department for the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute for Sculpture, Robin draws upon her surface finishing expertise to paint Beckett’s Maze: Go On, for the Jamestown Arts Center. Robin’s work appears courtesy of the Atelier Newport.

Art of Protest

09/07/2020

Art of Protest

The front of the JAC building has been transformed into a community exhibition space
highlighting protest signs and poster art from Black Lives Matter rallies.

on view now thru September 7th



Featured Artists:
Lisa Barsumian • Jacques Bidon, AS220 • Dan Blakeslee • Carol Chew • Victoria Corey • Ian Cozzens, AS220 • Ryan Dean, AS220 • Becci Davis • Christian Potter Drury • Michael Ezzell, Frog and Toad • Tatiana Gómez & José Menendez, AS220 • Sara Inacio, AS220 • Deb Litchenstein • Peter Marcus • Susie Matthews • Kelsey Miller • Julie Munafo • Obey Giant (Shepard Fairey) • Benny Oliver  • Cedric Smith • Joseph Sands, AS220 • Casey Weibust • Nafis M. White, AS220.

“You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.”   ― Nina Simone

Case Rising

08/21/2020 – 09/19/2020

Case Rising
Group Exhibition featuring: Nafis White, Jason Smith, Toby Sisson, Ari Montford, and Bob Dilworth
Curated by Bob Dilworth + Karen Conway
August 21st – September 19th


Toby Sisson, Deconstructed American 1-4, 2019
Encaustic monotype on paper mounted on wood
80”x 120” (8 – 40”x30” panels)
Courtesy of Howard Yezerski Gallery

As we enter a post-Covid-19 era, we are happy to present this exhibition, Case Rising as a contribution to the potential change we hope to see in America. As we live through this defining moment in history we hope the exhibition will stand as a strong testament to Rhode Island’s commitment and resolve to be a part of that change.

Case Rising brings together five prominent New England artists – Nafis M. White, Jason Smith, Toby Sisson, Ari Montford, and Bob Dilworth – featuring significant projects and individual pieces from throughout their careers, as well as new works created for this exhibition, that investigate many of  the challenging issues facing the nation and world today. This specific effort has several themes inherent in the works of each artist. They include, representation of otherness, exploration of access to a conceptualized language of blackness, and a precise visual activity and process that dissect the hybrid racial identities that deepens the conversation on being and belonging,  just to name a few. They highlight a broad spectrum of social issues but specifically define the present historical moment. These and other shared ideas suggest diasporic connections to the exhibition and offer a tiny but significant glimpse into the political, cultural, and racial dynamics of our times. Hopefully, the exhibition spotlights a way forward as it assists in shaping these historical moments and present possibilities of resolution.

Outdoor Arts Experience

06/27/2019 – 10/31/2020

OUTDOOR ARTS EXPERIENCE (OAE)
Island-wide Temporary Exhibition
Celebrating the JAC’s 10th Anniversary!

Explore 10 public installations
June 27 – October 31, 2020

Learn more at our OAE website


Call to Artists & Curators

The gallery space at the Jamestown Arts Center has become one of the most exciting places to experience art and design in southern Rhode Island.  Because of its large size and high ceiling height, the space is unique and lends itself to a variety of exhibits.

If you are interested in showing your work or curating a show, you must submit a proposal to the exhibition committee.  We strongly urge you to visit the space first so that you understand its possibilities and limitations. We are also very interested in collaborating with other spaces and organizations, particularly outdoors in Jamestown.

The gallery is currently booked through 2021. 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposals should include the following:

  • A description of the exhibition, including its objective and why it should be shown at the Jamestown Arts Center.
  • Possible and best case time frames for the exhibition.  The usual duration of an exhibition is 4-6 weeks.
  • Artist’s or curator’s statement(s), and/or other support material, reviews, résumés, exhibition history etc.
  • A list of artists participating, if applicable.
  • Links to relevant website(s) if available.
  • A selection of high-quality digital images of the artwork to be shown, with titles, dimensions, and dates. Can be emailed or sent on cd.
  • Price range of the artwork, if it is for sale. Note: that the JAC will take a 35% commission if work is sold while at the arts center.
  • List of costs the JAC can expect, beyond reasonable gallery maintenance and opening expenses.
  • Description of educational programming that could be connected to this exhibit- artists’ or curators’ talks, workshops, films, classes, field trips etc.

We are a multi-disciplinary facility:

Please note the gallery space is also used for monthly film screenings, theatre productions, concerts, JAC talks, and other events. All sculpture and installations must be movable to accommodate other programming.

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