For the past five years, the Rhode Island arts project known as NetWorks has been discovering Rhode Island’s finest artists and documenting their work and lives in short videos. The project was started as a collaboration by long time Rhode Island arts supporter Joseph Chazan M.D. and AS220's artistic director Umberto Crenca. Since the project has begun, 54 artists have been documented and showcased through exhibitions, discussions, photographic portraits, and video profiles. The project continues to grow as new supporters and partners learn of the endeavor.
Chazan believes that “NetWorks introduces, documents and publicizes visual artists who live and work in Rhode Island. We hope that through the videos in particular, the lives and works of the artists will influence a wide audience of all ages who are interested in art and artists. It is my personal hope that young people interested in art making will be inspired by these examples to work hard to achieve their goals, and that collectors will be inspired to collect art by Rhode Island artists.”
Crenca feels that exposing the work and lives of Rhode Island artists will in turn improve the quality of life throughout the state. He wrote in the accompanying catalogue for the 2008 selection of artists, “The artists of Rhode Island have had enormous influence on shaping the larger community. Today, maybe more than ever, it is essential that our artists are heard. Our quality of life is dependent on it.”
Utilizing the skills of videographer, Richard Goulis, NetWorks has created video portraits of all the artists. You may view past videos online through YouTube. The public can get a free sneak peek of the 2012 artists on Sunday, November 18 at 1:30pm at the Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center at the Rhode Island School of Design.
The 2012 NetWorks artists are Katherine Blacklock, Brian Chippendale, Wendy Edwards, Richard Fishman, Lucas Foglia, Corey Grayhorse, Bunny Harvey, Tayo Heuser, Eugene Lee, Meg Little, Jane Masters, and John Udvardy.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the 2009 – 2010 exhibition catalogue and poster as well as the identity for the NetWorks’s project. Malcolm Grear, who was selected as one of the 2010 NetWorks artist, was the lead designer on these pieces.