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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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

DesignxRI and JAC present Setting the Stage


A “Behind the Scenes” exhibit exploring the design process and work of 2015 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees

Lifetime Achievement – Eugene Lee, Set Designer – his work includes: Trinity Rep, Saturday Night Live, Wicked, The Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon

Emerging Designer – Kyla Coburn, Interior Designer – her work includes: The Avery, Loie Fuller’s, Salvation Cafe, Providence Black Repertory Company

Long-time and celebrated set designer for Providence’s Trinity Repertory Company, Eugene Lee has been the Production Designer for Saturday Night Live since 1974, where he designed the look of one of the most influential forces in pop culture since the show premiered in 1975. More recently, Eugene completed the new sets for Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers. He is a three-time Tony Award winner for his designs on Candide, Wicked and Sweeney Todd, earning him a 2006 induction into the Theater Hall of Fame at Broadway’s Gershwin Theater. Through it all, he has remained dedicated to Rhode Island, not only living and raising his family in Providence and spending time in Jamestown, but contributing to the community by helping to refurbish the auditorium at Hope High School, designing fundraisers for WaterFire, and creating a traveling Shakespeare cart for the Brown/Trinity MFA Program.

Kyla Coburn is an acclaimed interior designer and an advocate for creative urban revitalization. Her impressive body of work includes some of Rhode Island’s most beloved restaurant and bar spaces, including The Avery, Loie Fuller’s, Salvation Café, and the former Providence Black Repertory Company. She has also worked on residential projects, graphic design services for clients like Firehouse 13 and World Party Entertainment, and even set/costume design for theatrical productions like A Kwanzaa Song and A Raisin In the Sun. Her support for Rhode Island’s creative community takes physical form in several revitalization projects: her team redeveloped a turn-of-the-century Central Falls mill building into a unique riverside live/work space for artists, and they are in the process of doing the same for a former church in Pawtucket.

For the Setting the Stage exhibition, Eugene and Kyla are each creating environments inside of the large exhibition hall. They will showcase their past and current work in these interior designs and highlight their design process. Attendees will get a unique inside view from the designers’ perspectives. The designers will speak briefly during the opening reception.

This exhibition is presented by DESIGNxRI and the Jamestown Arts Center. The RI Design Hall of Fame is a program of DESIGNxRI. Each year, Rhode Island designers are inducted into the Hall of Fame during DESIGN WEEK RI, an annual celebration of design talent and impact in Rhode Island.

Opening: May 5, 2016, 6 – 8pm

Gallery Hours through June 18: Wed. – Sat. 10am – 2pm


Blanc de Blanc – 2016 Summer Soirée Exhibition



Blanc de Blanc, 2016 Summer Soirée Exhibition

Throughout history, artists have used the color white or lack of color to highlight significance in their art. From Henry Ossawa Tanner’s bold white strokes of light in a dark interior to Agnes Martin’s muted transcendental palette, to Barbara Hepworth’s cool marble and cast forms, artists have boldly displayed the emotional power of white to convey their many intentions. Blanc de Blanc investigates artists’ deliberate use of white in their artwork. Why is white, lack of color or a muted palette important or a central theme of the work? Is there a special significance to the color white in the artwork?

Open to all mediums, including video and installation. Jurors: Nezka Pfeifer, Curator, Everhart Museum and Rita Reamer, Designer.

Recipients Notified By: May 1, 2016

If selected, drop off: week of June 20, 2016

Summer Soirée & Blanc de Blanc Exhibition Opening: July 1st, 2016

Exhibition End Date: August 20th, 2016

Selected artists receive two complimentary tickets to Soirée

Read more about the soirée

Past Exhibitions

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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 PO Box 97 Jamestown, Rhode Island 02835 for more Information call: (401) 560-0979 or email


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