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WaterFire Accelerate! Meet our inaugural cohort of artists!

In 2017, after 5 years of fundraising, planning, and construction, we moved into the WaterFire Arts Center as part of our strategic plan to diversify our mission and revenue streams in an effort to sustain our nonprofit organization long into the future. Our plan has always been to develop the… Read More »WaterFire Accelerate! Meet our inaugural cohort of artists!

Chazan Unfiltered Drawing

CHAZAN! UNFILTERED at the WaterFire Arts Center Gallery

CHAZAN! UNFILTERED at the WaterFire Arts Center Gallery will feature original artwork by Rhode Island based artist Erminio Pinque. The gallery show will be on display in our Visitor Center Gallery from Wednesday, September 15 – Sunday, October 24, 2021 with gallery hours* Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00… Read More »CHAZAN! UNFILTERED at the WaterFire Arts Center Gallery

Fires illuminate the faces of the crowd in Waterplace Park during a WaterFire lighting in 2018. Photograph by Jen Bonin.

WaterFire Providence Proudly Presents Our 2021 WaterFire Season Schedule!

The world-class art experience you know and love is back with at least 9 lightings from September through December! We are pleased to announce the 2021 WaterFire season which currently includes four (4) full lightings and five (5) partial lightings. The season will open with a full lighting thanking COVID… Read More »WaterFire Providence Proudly Presents Our 2021 WaterFire Season Schedule!

EYE TO EYE Photographs and Projects Mary Beth Meehan

(July 2021 UPDATE: A series of exhibition related programming is now available here, waterfire.org/eyetoeye-programming) WaterFire Providence presents EYE TO EYE Photographs and Projects Mary Beth Meehan at the WaterFire Arts Center (WFAC), an exhibition of work from all four of Meehan’s most recent in-depth projects – from Brockton, Massachusetts, to Providence, Rhode… Read More »EYE TO EYE Photographs and Projects Mary Beth Meehan

Artwork by Robert Rohm

Down to Earth: Robert Rohm Sculpture, 1963-2013

WaterFire Providence presents Down to Earth: Robert Rohm Sculpture, 1963-2013 at the WaterFire Arts Center, an exhibition spanning fifty years of work by sculptor, Robert Rohm. This exhibition will run from Wednesday, March 24 – Sunday, April 25, 2021. Robert Rohm is internationally recognized for his sculptures with exhibitions at… Read More »Down to Earth: Robert Rohm Sculpture, 1963-2013

Studio Installation

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

Coming in January 2021 to the WaterFire Arts Center.

WaterFire Providence is pleased to present an exhibition in honor of the life and legacy of Howard Ben Tré at the WaterFire Arts Center (WFAC). “Private Visions, Public Ideals – The Legacy of Howard Ben Tré” show will run from January 27, 2021 – March 7, 2021. In addition to the regular WFAC hours, the exhibition will include a series of receptions and talks.

The LET-OUT A Vanta Guild Exhibit

THE LET-OUT a Vanta Guild Exhibit

WaterFire’s New Flame initiative is pleased to present a group exhibition of current photography curated by The Vanta Guild in the WaterFire Arts Center Gallery. “The Let-Out” show run is December 9, 2020 – January 15, 2021.

Six photographers are featured in the show: Jonathan Pitts-Wiley, Dee Speaks, Nicholas Mendes, Shaun Morse, Rafael Medina, and Marlisse Payamps. Featured images in “The Let-Out” exhibit focus on the joy, anger, and uncertainty of Black American experiences in Rhode Island as people grapple 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.

Holiday ArtMart December 19, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Holiday ArtMart: Artist Pop-Up Market – December 19, 2020

Saturday December 19, 202011:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Safely Inside at the WaterFire Arts Center We’re bringing ArtMart inside to the spacious Main Hall of the WaterFire Arts Center for a 1-day Holiday Saturday on December 19th. Support 25+ Rhode Island artists and makers by joining us for some socially distanced… Read More »Holiday ArtMart: Artist Pop-Up Market – December 19, 2020