Artist Development Day
On October 15, 2016, the Museum presented an afternoon of professional development workshops, panels, and collegial dialogue for artists and designers in collaboration with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Practical tips and critical conversation on contemporary creative practice were designed to benefit individuals in every stage of professional practice—from emerging to established.
Co-sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Panelists and facilitators include:
Lisa Carnevale is a founder and the executive director of DESIGNxRI, an organization that creates an environment for design businesses and the RI design sector to thrive. Since 1997, Lisa has worked as a strategic communications consultant, started new nonprofit organizations in emerging economic sectors, and led innovative initiatives in both Seattle and Providence. She uniquely melds her years of experience as a communicator, advocate and entrepreneur to provide forward-looking strategy and execution for start-up organizations, innovative companies, nonprofits and civic agencies. Her leadership includes co-founding Partnership for Creative Industrial Space, a nonprofit real estate development organization focused on the creative reuse of industrial and manufacturing mills in Providence; growing RI Citizens for the Arts where she rebranded and rebuilt this statewide arts advocacy organization from a couple dozen members to hundreds in two years; and founding DESIGNxRI as an economic development nonprofit for the design sector in RI. Lisa is also principal at MYRANDA, a communications consultancy in Providence, RI. Her clients have ranged from early stage high tech and international business-to-business companies to nonprofit organizations, advocacy networks, place making initiatives and small businesses.
Holly Ewald is a visual artist who has blended studio work and community engagement for 40 years. Since moving to Rhode Island in 1997 her socially engaged work has increasingly been with communities that inhabit and treasure under-recognized public spaces. Since 2007 she has focused on the urban ponds of Providence, and built up the organization UPP Arts upparts.org . , a nonprofit since 2014. Its mission is to engage artists and communities in public art-making for the purpose of celebrating and building stewardship of our shared environment.
Awards include the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities from RI Council for the Humanities, an Honor Award from the Tomaquag Museum, and a Sandra Olson Award from NUA.
Sarah Ganz Blythe is Deputy Director for Exhibitions, Education, and Programs at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence. She collaborates with scholars, artists and designers to realize exhibitions, programs, and publications. Her current work focuses on exhibition culture, landscape and exploration, pedagogy and interpretation practices. She was previously Director of Interpretation and Research at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She teaches in the graduate programs of Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, Providence. Her PhD in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University focused on painting and utopianism at the close of the nineteenth century.
Jan Howard, chief curator and the Houghton P. Metcalf Jr. Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, oversees a collection of some 30,000 works on paper spanning the 15th century to the present. Her research is primarily focused on modern and contemporary art, and her recent exhibitions and publications include Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association (2014), America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now (2012), Made in the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection (2011), and Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line (2010).
Howard holds an MA in art history from the University of Kansas. Prior to her position at RISD, she was a curator from 1985 to 2000 in the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her training includes an NEA internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and curatorial positions at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas.
Daniel Kahn, Education Grants Assistant at RISCA, has been at the agency since 1988. He discovered Rhode Island as a college student in 1974 and has been in the area since. He lives in Seekonk, MA where he gardens, brews & hikes. Dan enjoys supporting educators and teaching artists in collaborative ventures.
Xander Marro (American b. 1975) has been living the good life in the feminist sub-underground for too many years to count on her long bony fingers. She draws pictures (usually narrative), makes movies (usually not narrative), produces plays with elaborate sets and costumes (usually narrative, but confusing), and then makes stuff like quilts and dioramas (probably narrative?). Her work is often about spiritual relationships to the material stuff of this world. Co-founder of the Dirt Palace in 2000 AD (feminist cupcake encrusted netherworld located along the dioxin filled banks of the Woonasquatucket river, which is to say in Providence, RI USA). Her studio (and heart) is there still.
Nicholas Medvescek is the website administrator for CreativeGround, NEFA’s free online creative economy directory. Additionally, he works in the greater Boston area as a freelance producer, designer, and project manager. He considers himself a creative technologist with a passion for cultivating cultural sector resources.
Dominic Molon is the Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum. He previously served as the chief curator at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) St. Louis and as curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago. He has organized numerous exhibitions, including solo presentations of Martin Boyce (2015) at the RISD Museum; Leslie Hewitt, Christodoulos Panayiotou, and David Noonan at CAM St. Louis; and Susan Philipsz, Liam Gillick, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gillian Wearing, Tobias Rehberger, Steve McQueen, and Jack Pierson—as well as the group shows Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out and Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967—at MCA. Molon has contributed to monographs on Karin Mamma Anderson, Hernan Bas, Elmgreen/Dragset, Karen Kilimnik, Sean Landers, Muntean/Rosenblum, Arlene Shechet, and Padraig Timoney, as well as the publications Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting (2002), Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing (2005), Vitamin PH: New Perspectives in Photography (2006), and Frequency (2006). He has also written for the periodicals ArtReview, Mousse, Tate Etc., and Whitewall.
Anjel Newmann is an African-American Hip Hop educator, anti-racism activist and artist from Rhode Island. Today she is the director of AS220 Youth, an arts education program focused on dismantling the school to prison pipeline by empowering beyond-risk and incarcerated youth through arts, culture and professional opportunities. As a former AS220 Youth student, Anjel has firsthand witnessed the transformative power youth arts programming can have on an individual, family and community as a whole.
Rebecca Noon is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Trinity Rep in Providence, as well as an actor-creator and producer of original work and community events. In her inaugural year as the Community Engagement Coordinator, she instigated several new initiatives including an annual statewide season kickoff party and Trinity Rep’s Every 28 Hours and subsequent One-Minute-Play Festival, as well as partnerships with RI Latino Arts, RI Bar Association, Wheaton College, the Mt Holyoke Alumni Association, and the Veterans Theater Institute, and a week-long consulting site visit with the Trinity Rep staff and Seema Sueko of Arena Stage and a Duke-funded 18-month consultancy with Laurie Woolery of the Public Theatre. Additionally, Rebecca teaches physical theater creation to middle, high school, college-aged, and adult students, and runs a small devising ensemble, Strange Attractor Theatre with collaborators from Providence, Philadelphia, and Juneau, AK. Since 2010, they have created several original shows and experiences in all three of their hometowns, which have been supported by various producers, state funders, national organizations, and audiences. Rebecca holds a BFA in Acting from the College of Santa Fe and an MFA in Lecoq Based Actor Created Physical Theatre from the London International School of Performing Arts and was the 2015 RI State Council on the Arts Merit Playwriting Fellow and 2017 RISCA Playwriting Fellow.
Deborah Obalil has over twenty years experience as a leader in the national arts and culture industry. She was appointed the Executive Director of AICAD in June 2012 and as President in fall 2015. As President & Executive Director, she leads the organization in achieving its mission of strengthening and connecting its members schools, thus advancing art and design education.
Prior to her appointment with AICAD, Deborah operated a successful boutique arts management consulting firm, Obalil & Associates, for four years. The firm provided consultation and facilitation in strategic planning, marketing research and planning, and board development for non-profit arts organizations, independent artists of all disciplines, and creative for-profit ventures.
Elena Calderón Patiño is the Director of the Community Arts Program at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a M.A. in Art and Design with a Museum Education Track & from Rhode Island College with a B.F.A. in metals.
She is currently part of the Executive board of the National Association of Latino arts and Cultures (NALAC). She is an alumni of both the NALAC Leadership and the NALAC Advocacy leadership Institute in El Paso, Texas and Washington D.C, in 2011 and 2013 both of which she successfully completed. She is an advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) New England States Touring (NEST) Grant.
She is an active exhibiting artist who recently had a solo exhibit in Costa Rica. She has shown her artwork extensively in the New England and aboard. Elena has traveled throughout 21 states in the US, and a total of 15 countries in Latin American and Europe. She is bilingual and bi-cultural.
Lorén Spears, Narragansett, Tomaquag Museum Executive Director, has been an educator for over 25 years and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island where she is an alum. Mrs. Spears holds a Master’s in Education from the University of New England. She shares her cultural knowledge and traditional arts with the public through museum programs and publications. She works tirelessly to empower Native youth and to educate the public on Native history, culture, the environment and the arts. She was appointed by Governor Raimondo to serve on the RI State Council on the Arts Board. Under her leadership, Tomaquag Museum has received the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Medal. She has also received a variety of awards, most recently the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities.