For the past six 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, 66 artists have been documented and showcased through exhibitions, discussions, photographic portraits, and video profiles.
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.”
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 view a premiere screening of the 2013 artists on Sunday, November 3 at 1:00pm at the Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center at the Rhode Island School of Design.
The 2013 NetWorks artists are Jesse Burke, Michael Glancy, Tracy Mahaffey, Paula Martiesian, Stephen Metcalf, Morris Nathanson, Allison Paschke, Peter Prip, Anthony Russo, Dean Snyder, Rosanne Somerson, and Judyth vanAmringe.
Since 2009, Malcolm Grear Designers has designed the exhibition catalogues and posters as well as the identity for the NetWorks’s project. Malcolm Grear, who was selected as one of the 2010 NetWorks artists, was the lead designer on these pieces.