The Newport Art Museum will be exhibiting the show titled NetWorks 2011-2012 from June 1 through September 15. The exhibition will feature the work of twenty five artists that have been selected and recognized by the Rhode Island arts project known as NetWorks.
For over 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.”
The 2012 NetWorks artists are Kate Blacklock, Brian Chippendale, Wendy Edwards, Richard Fishman, Lucas Foglia, Corey Grayhorse, Bunny Harvey, Tayo Heuser, Eugene Lee, Meg Little, Jane Masters, and John Udvardy. The 2011 NetWorks artists are Nilton Cardenas, Barnaby Evans, Nancy Friese, Philip J. Jameson, Shawn Kenney, Scott Lapham, Andrew Moon Bain, Janet Prip, Andrew Raftery, Duane Slick, Esther Solondz, Mark Taber, and Laura Travis.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the exhibition catalogue as well as the visual 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.