Rhode Island has always been a groundbreaking epicenter for arts and culture, an attraction for entrepreneurs, scholars, and businesses creating new economies and calling this their home. Created in 2012, The RI Art Archive Project became a rotating documentary film collaborative focused on telling Rhode Island stories, its cultural significance and its creative economy.
Sculptor, Ana Flores
Glass artist, Howard Ben Tre
The stories of the individuals who choose to live in Rhode Island believe in transformation through intellectual access and the benefits of the cultural landscape, stewardship and curiosity, something found in the very fiber of the State’s creation. Juxtaposing dialogues amongst this diverse community will exemplify why Rhode Island attracts an international community to build their dreams here, expand the concept of how creative economies grow, and continue to lead the world in global ideas and innovation.
Printmaker, Isle Nesbit / Third Elm Press
Photographer, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
Fiber Artist, Saberah Malik
The stories woven into each film showcase how Rhode Island is a catalyst where ideas and innovation finds a place to grow and expand, with stories that cross cultures, religions and generations. They are not simply Rhode Island stories, they are universal stories with a global reach.
The films have been screened at the RISD Museum of Art, Newport Art Museum and Brown University, broadcasted on both WGBH and WSBE-TV RI PBS, and won Best Feature Film of the Year at the 2016 Dorry Awards.
Fashion Designer, Leo Narducci
Painter, Mimo Gordon Riley
Designer, Lisa Z. Morgan
Fiber Artist / Designer, Deborah Baronas
Artist, James Montford
Glass + Mosaic Artist, Peter Geisser
Designer, Morris Nathanson