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March 19 – May 1, 2022

Planet Earth, The Environment and Our Future

Planet Earth, the Environment and Our Future is made possible through the generous support of the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium; Kathleen and Barry Hittner; the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of OceanographyBrown University; and the Roger Williams Park Zoo. Refreshments and catering at the opening reception sponsored by Plant City.

Experience Luke Jerram’s Gaia, a massive 23’ diameter depiction of the entire Earth that creates a sense of the “overview effect” that has often been reported by astronauts who sense a “cognitive shift” in their perception of the fragile “blue marble” “hanging in the void” of space. Gaia was featured at the recent UN Glasgow Summit and features imagery from NASA. Joan Hall is presenting her luminous, engaging, and massive work Algae Bloom. Richard Friedberg has six of his astonishing and mesmerizing large sculptures of atmospheric phenomena from a tidal wave to a 21’ tall tornado. Judy Chicago, one of the founders of Ecofeminism, has recently returned to revisit this work with three bold, new editions from 2022. Dennis Hlynsky has created a new technique to capture birds in flight with wondrous results and much more.

Planet Earth, the Environment and Our Future also includes a visual overview of the roots and development of the climate crisis with scientific observations between 1826, when the use of coal was first foreseen as a possible threat to mankind, up to our newest efforts to solve the climate crisis, such as the national leadership in offshore wind power development shown with Rhode Island’s Block Island Wind Farm.

Visitors look at work in the planet earth exhibition at the WaterFire Arts Center
Visitors look at work in the planet earth exhibition at the WaterFire Arts Center
Firestorm, Oil Fire and Tornado by Richard Friedberg
Firestorm, Oil Fire and Tornado by Richard Friedberg
June 30 – August 22, 2021

EYE TO EYE: Photographs and Projects by Mary Beth Meehan

An exhibition of work from all four of Meehan’s most recent in-depth projects – from Brockton, Massachusetts, to Providence, Rhode Island, to Newnan, Georgia, to her newest project and book on Silicon Valley, California. A collaborative installation, ANNYE RAYE PITTS: WITNESS an installation by Jonathan Pitts-Wiley and Mary Beth Meehan will be on display in the Visitor Center Gallery.

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EYE TO EYE Photographs and Projects Mary Beth Meehan
EYE TO EYE Photographs and Projects Mary Beth Meehan. Photograph by Matthew TW Huang.
March 24 – April 25, 2021

Down to Earth: Robert Rohm Sculpture, 1963 – 2013

An exhibition spanning fifty years of work by sculptor, Robert Rohm. Robert Rohm is internationally recognized for his sculptures with exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Kunsthalle, Zurich, Switzerland. Rohm was a dedicated sculptor for fifty years as well as a professor of art at the University of Rhode Island for over thirty years.

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Robert Rohm Exhibition (Photograph by Matthew TW Huang)
Down to Earth: Robert Rohm Sculpture, 1963-2013. Photograph by Matthew TW Huang.
January 27, 2021 – March 7, 2021

Private Visions, Public Ideals – The Legacy of Howard Ben Tré

Howard Ben Tré is internationally recognized for his unique sculptures and large-scale works of art for public and private spaces. Ben Tré was a pioneer in the use of cast glass as a sculptural medium and his work is included in more than 101 museum and public collections worldwide. His breakthrough technical innovations extended his mastery of cast glass and allowed him to create monumental sculptures that can survive the rigors of outdoor installation.

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Photograph by Matthew Huang
July 9-28, 2019

To the Moon and Beyond: Celebrating the 50th-Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with Art, Science, and Exploration

WaterFire Providence celebrated the 50th-Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission and man’s first steps on the Moon which was co-sponsored by the NASA RI Space Consortium with support from Brown University. The exhibition featured Luke Jeram’s Museum of the Moon and included a series of exhibitions, lectures and other activities throughout July 2019.

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Museum of the Moon installed at the WaterFire Arts Center. Photograph by Elissa Pierce.
Museum of the Moon installed at the WaterFire Arts Center. Photograph by Elissa Pierce.
March 31 – June 3, 2018

Rosa Parks House Project

Ryan Mendoza’s “The Rosa Parks House Project” is an art installation that honors Rosa Parks and the struggles she faced due to her courageous leadership in the civil rights movement. The artwork was created with the support of the nieces and nephews of Rosa Parks and includes recreations of remembered details of her stay with them in that house.

To celebrate the last weekend of Ryan Mendoza’s The Rosa Parks House Project exhibition, the WaterFire Art Center hosted a Community Picnic Party and Concert on June 2nd, 2018.

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Photograph of the Rosa Parks House Project in the Main Hall at the WaterFire Arts Center. Photograph by Erin Cuddigan.
Photograph by Erin Cuddigan.
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