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Art RI’s In Plain Sight: Art in Unexpected Places

Public Art in Providence: Four part series airs on Rhode Island PBS on Thursday, April 3 at 8:00pm.


Each half hour episode will explore publicly accessible sites in Providence that are known for something other than art but that offer noteworthy examples of artistic expression. The second episode, airing on April 10 at 8:00pm, will feature as host URI professor of Art History Ronald Onorato, a published expert on historic cemeteries.

April 3: “Downtown Providence.” Multimedia artist and WaterFire creator Barnaby Evans leads a tour of public art in Providence’s parks, convention centers and downtown streets, telling the story behind pieces such as a sculpture by Daniel French, who also designed the Lincoln Memorial and a glass sculpture in the Rhode Island Convention Center created by Macarthur fellow James Carpenter.

April 10: “Funerary Art and Monuments.” University of Rhode Island art history professor Ronald Onorato shows the beauty in two of Providence’s most historic cemeteries: Swan Point and North Burial  Ground.

April 17: “Art in Libraries.” Tonia Mason from the Providence Public Library will show viewers some of the historic architecture, in addition to collections of ship models and illustrated manuscripts and tablets. And Alison Maxell from the Providence Athenaeum will discuss its wide-ranging collection.

April 24: “Brown University and RISD Campuses.” Both campuses are home to lots of art, and Jo-Ann Conklin, director of the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown, takes viewers to see both outdoor sculpture by artists like Jenny Holzer to indoor installations by Sarah Oppenheimer and Diane Samuels.

Please tune in to Rhode Island PBS on Thursdays at 8:00pm from April 3-24, 2014, to discover some of Providence’s most beautiful art “hiding in plain sight!”


Here is where you can watch it in your area:

Rhode Island PBS

Digital 36.1

Cox 08 / 1008HD |
Verizon FiOS (RI) 08 / 508HD / (MA) 18 / 518 HD
Full Channel 08
Comcast in Southern MA *Various / 819 HD
DirecTV 36 | DISH Network 36


Digital 36.2

Cable: Cox 808
Verizon FiOS 478
Full Channel 89
Comcast in Southern MA 294 or 312


Digital 36.3

Cox 813
Comcast 293 or 313

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