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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.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Untitled (not titled yet)

04/27/2017 – 06/10/2017

Untitled (not titled yet)
Sam Duket & Brad Fesmire
April 27 – June 10, 2017


An exhibition of new work by Sam Duket and Brad Fesmire that collectively addresses themes of the labor, structure and craft.
These ideas connect through a shared perspective on memory, making and monument,
and for this exhibition manifest themselves into paintings, sculpture and a model train platform installation.

Brad Fesmire, Into the Whaling Grounds, acrylic on panel with red oak slab, 28″x30″

This exhibition generously supported by RISCA
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts





Totally Radical

06/16/2017 – 06/18/2017

Totally Radical
Ryan Robidoux   |   EVOKER
Pop-Up Exhibition
Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18

Opening Reception:

Friday, June 16
6 – 8 pm

Skateboard graphic for Loft Lab designed by EVOKER

Ryan Robidoux is the artist and designer known as Evoker. His vast body of work ranges from large-scale murals to skateboard graphics. When he’s not working on project-based freelance design, Ryan acts as the exhibit preparator at the Jamestown Arts Center.

With his company Mister Mural, Ryan creates custom murals in private residences and businesses such as Frog and Toad, Bodega, Civil, and Monster Color.

In addition to creating artwork, Ryan co-curates gallery shows, including Monster Party, an interactive children’s exhibit, which most recently ran for three months at the Boston Children’s Museum. In 2014, Ryan served as the curator for OneWay Gallery in Narragansett, RI.

As a commercial artist he’s produced work for clients such as Vans, Coca Cola Japan, Nickelodeon, Loft Lab, Microsoft, The Lonely Island, and Adidas.

Ryan also produces skateboard deck graphics for companies including Hessen Mob, 7ply, Orchard, Proletariat, Civil, The Hive, Watershed, Gansett Juice, and Academy.

Ryan’s work has been featured in the books Peel: The Art of the Sticker, Street Art Contemporary Prints, Label 228, Stuck Up, and he was interviewed and featured on the cover of Surface Area Magazine issue #1.

As an artist he has exhibited paintings and installations at ICA Boston in Boston, The Wynwood Walls in Miami, My Plastic Heart in NYC, Mighty Tanaka in Brooklyn, Art Whino in Washington, D.C., Black Rat Press Gallery in London, Oneway Gallery in Rhode Island, Lab Boston in Boston, Nottingham Castle and Museum in Nottingham, Fourth Wall Gallery in Boston, Wootini in North Carolina, Bodega in Boston, Scion Gallery in Oregon, and he has a currently has a piece on display in the Street Art collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

WORD, Text in Contemporary Art

06/30/2017 – 08/13/2017


WORD: Text in Contemporary Art
June 30 – August 13, 2017

Opening Reception at the 7th Annual Summer Soirée
Friday, June 30, 2017
7:00pm – 10:00 pm

Champagne Preview &  Curator’s Talk at 6:00 pm

lesley-dill_emily-dickinsonLesley Dill, Emily Dickinson & The Voices of Her Time, 2016,
pastel, graphite, acrylic, and thread on paper
72″ x 96″

Word explores artists’ use of text to convey and emphasize meaning and develop aesthetic. These artists demonstrate that when the use of text is successful, the inherent lines and shapes become part of the art itself. Text has a long history of use in art, dating back to medieval times. The Dada movement was at the forefront of utilizing text in art, and conceptual artists from the 1960s increased its popularity. Today, even with social media saturation, artists continue to embrace the use of text to heighten the message of their work to the point where the words often become the work. This will be a group show featuring artists from Rhode Island, New York, St. Louis, and beyond.  We have already secured artwork from Diane Barcelo, Robin Crocker, Tom Culora, Lesley Dill, Lalla Essaydi, Maira Kalman, Jessica RosnerEdwin Schlossberg, Buzz SpectorKevin Veronneau, and have on loan work by Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger and Glenn Lignon.












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.









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.

Send your proposal to jamestownartscenter@gmail.com
– or –

The Jamestown Arts Center Attn: EXHIBITS
P.O. Box 97 Jamestown RI 02835

The exhibition committee meets once a month. We will do our best to review and respond to all proposals in a timely manner.  We will not return your submission materials to you.

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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