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Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 22, 2022

Ebb and Flow a solo exhibition by Lois Harada

Ebb and Flow, is a month-long solo exhibition by Lois Harada. The exhibition features documentation from the artist’s ongoing campaign to encourage Rhode Island residents to rethink the naming of Victory Day. In 2020, Harada hired a banner towing plane to carry the message #RENAMEVICTORYDAY across the state’s beaches and the letters used in that project are displayed in the gallery alongside a lifeguard tower. The exhibition also features work from a recent residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado with imagery of guard towers and the shadows they cast.  

The exhibition was on view in the WaterFire Arts Center gallery from Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 28, 2022.

Ebb and Flow at the WaterFire Arts Center
Ebb and Flow at the WaterFire Arts Center.
Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 31, 2022

This Must Be The Place – A WaterFire Accelerate Exhibition

This Must Be the Placeproduced as a capstone of the inaugural Accelerate program, is a month-long mixed media exhibition of works from the five Accelerate artists: Julio Berroa, Kiara Costa, Sydney Sousa, Ysanel Torres, and Jared Winslow. The exhibition is a collection of works that celebrate the variety of perspectives of the artists, as well as a reflection of the artists’ personal voices. By intersecting their aesthetics and mediums in this exhibit, the artists hope to inspire viewers to find the beautiful connections and contradictions that create the worlds within us and around us. This Must Be the Place in total, is an honoring of storytelling through art.  

On view in the WaterFire Arts Center gallery from Thursday, June 30 through Sunday, July 31, 2022.

this must be the place
this must be the place
Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 26, 2022

Envision Resilience: Designs for Living with Rising Seas

Envision Resilience: Designs for Living with Rising Seas is a month-long exhibition, curated by ReMain Nantucket, of adaptive proposals for sea level rise on Narragansett Bay. Explore the vibrant history of the Narragansett Bay region, its resilient communities and the adaptive possibilities for its future. The 2022 Envision Resilience Narragansett Bay Challenge features adaptive designs by participating university teams.

The exhibition ran from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 26.

Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge on Narragansett Bay and town of Ja
Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge on Narragansett Bay and town of Jamestown, image courtesy of Envision Resilience Narragansett Bay
Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 29, 2022

Faded, the gallery is a month-long exhibition exploring the lineage of graphic t-shirts from their earliest adaptations as a new medium for creative self expression in the 1930s to present day. Opening night is Thursday, May 5, from 6-9 pm and Gallery Night Providence + TroopTop, a rooftop bar with neighborhood restaurant Troop PVD (third Thursday of the month), May 19, 5-9pm.

The exhibition will have over one hundred rare examples of vintage t-shirts, showcasing eight decades of explosive genre defining artwork while highlighting groundbreaking innovations in design and printing techniques.

Faded, the gallery
Faded, the gallery
February 10 – March 6, 2022

“Lots of little things add up” is a month-long exhibition of recent prints and their processes from Overpass Projects. On view in the WaterFire Arts Center gallery from Thursday, February 10 through Sunday, March 6, 2022. A public opening is scheduled for Thursday, February 17, from 6-9 pm.

Lots of little things add up
Lots of little things add up, Julia Samuels of Overpass Projects.
January 12 – February 6, 2022

The Seeing: a video exhibition scored by Daniel Bernard Roumain

“The Seeing” is a month-long video exhibition produced through a creative partnership between FirstWorks and WaterFire Providence of six film works scored by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). On view in the WaterFire Arts Center gallery from Wednesday, January 12 through Sunday, February 6, 2022. A public opening is scheduled for Thursday, January 20, from 7-9 pm.

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The Seeing: a video exhibition scored by Daniel Bernard Roumain. Photograph by Laura Duclos.
The Seeing: a video exhibition scored by Daniel Bernard Roumain. Photograph by Laura Duclos.
December 4, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Buy Art
[small works holiday show]

The Buy Art show is made up of work by artists: Sydney Sousa, Kiara Costa | OZMA, YSANEL Torres, Jared Winslow, Spocka Summa, Keira Gonsalves | Stone Soup, Rafael Medina, Madison Peck, Julia Dwinell, Laura White Carpenter, Maxime Jean Lefebvre, Julia Samuels, Lois Harada, Jeremy Schilling, Sara Breslin, Regina Teresa, Molly Horan | Creations by Fiore and Alexa Cahill.

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Buy Art SMALL WORKS HOLIDAY SHOW in the Visitor Center Gallery. Photograph by Laura Duclos.
October 29 – November 28, 2021

Welcome to the Anti-Robot Club” by Spocka Summa

Spocka Summa is an emerging artist based out of Providence, RI. Through his artwork and collaborations with other artists he has developed a unique way of storytelling. In this installation,  “Welcome to the Anti-Robot Club”, Spocka explores the idea of a world in the not too distant future in which technology has taken over and mankind is on the verge of extinction. Join the battle as he combines forces with the Anti-Robot Club (@anti_robotclub) in a final attempt to recruit worthy members to save mankind. Don’t get lost inside the system…

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WelcomeAntiRobotClub
Welcome to the Anti-Robot Club. Photograph by Laura Duclos.
September 15 – October 24, 2021

Featuring original artwork by Rhode Island based artist Erminio Pinque. Chazan! Unfiltered follows the path of Rhode Island superhero and nephrologist Joseph A. Chazan, MD, as he pursues his two passions – art and medicine – and explores how the two collide.

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Chazan Unfiltered in the Visitor Center Gallery.
Photograph by Laura Duclos.
December 9, 2020 – January 15, 2021

THE LET-OUT
Presented by THE VANTA GUILD

THE LET-OUT is an exhibit focusing on the joy, anger, and uncertainty of Black American experiences in Rhode Island as people grappled with the realities of pandemic-induced lockdowns, socio-political uprisings, and the struggle to maintain a sense of beauty, joy, and balance in the century’s most turbulent year.

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Visitors look at artwork in the gallery at the WaterFire Arts Center
Visitors look at artwork in the gallery at the WaterFire Arts Center.
February 18 – July 31, 2020

Reflective Lenses:
WaterFire Volunteer Photography Show

A vibrant collection of photographs by WaterFire’s Volunteer Photographers featuring highlights of their WaterFire stories interacting together as an enchanting reflection of WaterFire. This group exhibition showcases the work of our local talent in Providence’s cultural tapestry.

The WaterFire Volunteer Photography Program brings together local artistic talents for an exploration of Providence’s culture and provides an opportunity for local photographers to share experiences and collaborate with one another.

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The Starry, Starry Night Installation. Photograph by Erin Cudddigan.
The Starry, Starry Night Installation. Photograph by Erin Cudddigan.
August 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020

Landscapes in Relief: Recent Work by Julia Samuels

“My most recent work has been depicting neighborhoods around Providence. I love how the maze of transmission lines acts as both a conduit for current activities and shows the legacy of growing through different types of technology. I want the viewer to feel a sense of interconnectedness- with the neighborhood, the city, and when we expand our view, an interconnectedness with all of America and the world. I want the viewer to consider our collective responsibility and personal implications as we think about the ever-looming threat of global warming.”

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Julia Samuels: Landscape in Relief
Photograph by Laura Duclos.
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