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Art in Libraries - featuring Providence Public Library & Providence Athenaeum
Long-established libraries like the Providence Public Library and the Providence Athenaeum hold much more than books. The opportunity to explore the art and artifacts in their collections makes visiting a stimulating and worthwhile experience whether or not reading is on a visitor’s agenda.
Providence Public Library opened its extraordinary building, itself a work of art now on the National Register of Historic Places, in 1900. Guided by Tonia Mason, see unusual architectural features of the building en route to viewing remarkable collections of ship models, ancient tablets, illustrated manuscripts, original WWII posters, and more.
The Providence Athenaeum has always been a membership library, but while only members may borrow library materials, anyone is welcome to visit the library and use its holdings on site. The word “athenaeum” simply means an institution for the promotion of learning. Alison Maxell, executive director, and her staff enthusiastically share the Athenaeum’s wide range of holdings with viewers and visitors, and many Athenaeum programs are open to the public.
About this year's ArtRI - View all 4 segments
A new four part series featuring readily seen, yet often overlooked, artwork on permanent display in Providence debuted April 3 at 8 p.m. on RI PBS. Each half-hour episode of ArtRI’s In Plain Sight: Art in Unexpected Places explores publicly accessible Providence sites known for something other than their art but that also offer noteworthy examples of artistic expression. Spanning three centuries, featured artworks represent various media including paint, textiles, marble, steel, wood, glass, works on paper and more. RISD alumnus Richard Goulis directed and produced the series with Victoria Veh as creative director.
The four episodes and their hosts are:
"DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE" hosted by Barnaby Evans
"FUNERARY ART AND MONUMENTS" hosted by Ronald Onorato
"ART IN LIBRARIES" hosted by Tonia Mason and Alison Maxell
"BROWN UNIVERSITY AND RISD CAMPUSES" hosted by Jo-Ann Conklin
Joseph A. Chazan, M.D. is the executive producer of ArtRI and NetWorks Rhode Island, multimedia projects devoted to promoting awareness and appreciation of the arts in Rhode Island. A practicing physician, Dr. Chazan is also a longstanding and active arts supporter who received the 2013 Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts.