Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors.  This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks, is called Gallery Night Providence.

 Starting with nine determined galleries in 1996, Gallery Night Providence has grown into a regional visual arts extravaganza. Art buses travel the neighborhoods of Providence letting people on and off at galleries, museums and historic sites. Over 10,000 people each year enjoy exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, live music and performances. The 18-year old organization works to introduce and develop relationships between local creative communities, new and old. Take a guided tour or visit the galleries on your own. Enjoy wine and cheese, listen to music and experience the wonderful art Providence has to offer.



Gallery Night Providence Tours start from the Regency Plaza at One Regency Plaza and travel to
23 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites.
Guided tours begin at 5:30 and leave every 20 minutes. The final artbus of the evening leaves at 6:50pm.


Please join us in welcoming these new galleries to our organization this year:
Five Richmond, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Lore, Moon Tide DyersPeter Miller Fine Art, and Rhode Island College Galleries!


Meet everyday art lovers who love to collect.

Dolores Rovnack will be leading our Collectors’ Tour for March.

Surrounding themselves with the art they love, collectors dive in head first, visiting galleries and artists’ studios. Listen as they tell stories of their collecting adventures and personal discoveries. Catch their enthusiasm about the art they discover and the artists they meet.

Start your own collection – Gallery Night goers attending the Collector’s Tour will receive a small print by Rhode Island artist Tamara Diaz for free.

Tamara Diaz - March Collectors' Artist

Celebrity Guides

Gallery Night offers free, carefully curated guided tours every third Thursday from March to November.

Special guests guiding this month’s tours!

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    Mayor Elorza leads 5:30 Contemporary Celebrity Tour

    March 19 Celebrity Guide

    Mayor Jorge Elorza, Providence’s 38th Mayor, an accountant, lawyer, law professor, judge, and an advocate for equality in Rhode Island. He served as an associate justice of the Providence Housing Court from 2010 to 2013. Since 2005, Jorge has been a tenured Professor of Law at Roger Williams University and has published in leading law journals on housing policy and on law and science.

    Born in the city’s West End, Jorge’s life story tracks Providence’s working-class, immigrant history. His parents, Aurora and Jorge Sr., emigrated from Guatemala and worked for decades in the city’s jewelry and textile mills. His mother raised their family while working multiple jobs, operating a daycare center, and selling goods from local flea markets.



    Jorge lives in Providence’s Silver Lake neighborhood. He is an avid reader and traveler – having visited seventeen countries in five continents. Whether spending time with villagers in a remote corner of Nepal or working with community leaders to effect change in Providence, Jorge enjoys bringing people together to work towards a common goal: building community to improve our quality of life.

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    Big Nazo leads 5:50 Contemporary Tour

    Celebrity Guide March 19

    BIG NAZO is an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers, and masked musicians who unite to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized characters, environments, and spectacles.

    Renegade circus family contortionists, a rowdy rodeo horse, a giant three-eyed robot percussionist, break-dancing police officers are just a few of the cast of characters.



    More characters include Mountain Trolls, blob-like GO-GO Dancers, a charismatic lab rat and his giant man-eating chia pet  environments, and spectacles that create an irreverent musical Commedia full of irresolvable conflict, ridiculous dancing and an epic battle with the forces of chaos.

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    Kate Champa Ceramic Artist Leads 6:10 Collectors Tour

    Celebrity Guide March 19

    Kate Champa has a Masters Degree in Art History from Harvard, and attended the RISD Ceramics Department from 1978-81. She has taught students of all ages and worked in various school and after school programs, both with abled and special needs students. Her work combines handbuilding, throwing and casting techniques to produce both functional ware and whimsical sculpture.



    She is Coordinator for Raku Rhody-o and provides raku glazes and her own raku kiln for school & community workshops. Kate is a long-time member of the Foundry Artists’ Association and exhibits regularly at the South County Art Association’s Earthworks Show.

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    Dolores Rovnack leads 6:50 Collectors’ Ceramics Tour

    Collectors Tour | March 19th

    Rovnak is a patron of the arts in its many forms. While she hails from the corporate milieu of Los Angeles, her interests shifted to arts and culture when she relocated to Providence nearly two decades ago to further her education at Brown University. She began her passion of collecting works of local artists at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts, of which she focused upon California coastal scenes in watercolors.

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    Bob Dilworth leads 6:30 Contemporary Celebrity Tour

    March 19th Contemporary Tour

    Bob Dilworth received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1973 and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976. He is now a Painting, Drawing, Design, and African American Art History Professor, and the current Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at University of Rhode Island.


Over twenty galleries open their doors each month – there is so much to see!

Contemporary, traditional, artisan or museum! We’ve got it all. Take a peek at our members to get a taste for what we offer!

Vote for Art

“Vote For Art” Initiative Rewards Artists Exhibiting During Gallery Night Providence

2015 VFA Begins!

Our online vote opens March 4! Be sure to check back as we add more entries over the course of round 1. Voting will take place in the galleries and online from March 1st – April 30th. https://www.facebook.com/voteforartri

voteforartlogoSupport a Living Artist!

Gallery Night Providence is excited to introduce our newest initiative, the “Vote for Art” program. “Vote for Art” is a contest that awards cash prizes to living, contemporary artists exhibiting at any one of the 2015 Gallery Night venues.


Three Months of VOTING – One Artist Per Month!

 August through October of 2014, Gallery Night venues each submitted up to 10 pieces of art to the “Vote for Art” competition. The public voted, both online and in person, for their favorite artwork. One winner was selected per month, with prizes awarded on the following Gallery Night. 


Sustaining the CREATIVE Capitol

The “Vote for Art” prize aims to build on the foundation of cultural tourism in Providence that Gallery Night continues to expand and support, drawing visitors from all over the world and celebrating our local and international arts community.


 Long Range Plan

We are thrilled to bring this contest to our community and anticipate expanding our vision in the years to come!

Gallery Night Providence Guides 2015

In addition to our Celebrity and Collector Guides, Gallery Night Providence has Guides on every bus tour. Many of them are artists themselves and are great sources of information for Gallery Night goers on the Tours. http://www.gallerynight.org/gallery-night-guides/

How to!

How to do Gallery Night? Start from our info center at One Regency Plaza and travel to 23 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites. Guided tours begin at 5:20 and leave every 20 minutes. The final artbus of the evening leaves at 7pm. Whether you take one of our free bus tours , drive, bike or walk – you’re bound to have a wonderful art-filled evening!


Theme-dedicated bus tours leave at 5:20, 5:40, 6:00, 6:20, 6:40, and 7:00 pm. Tours stop at approximately 4 galleries each and run about 2 hours. Parking is free at our central location at One Regency Plaza


Stop at our info center at One Regency Plaza and learn about the evening’s events and exhibitions. Choose what interests you most and drive directly to the galleries of your choice.


Park free at any one of the many parking lots situated conveniently throughout the city and stroll from gallery to gallery, enjoying the Providence skyline and the historic city streets. Use the brochure maps to discover all the artistic amenities within walking distance.




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    Celebrity Guide Coordinator

    Richard Bradley is also our Celebrity Guide Coordinator. A collector and creator of beautiful objects himself, find more about Richard at mypinkplanet.wordpress.com

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    Dalila Alves is the Treasurer of the Gallery Night Providence Board 2015. Many thanks for her previous tenure as President of GNP.

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    Kerry Murphy joins us as President of the Gallery Night board for the 2015 season.

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    Deborah Clemons is the assistant educator of public programs at the RISD Museum. She continues her tenure as Secretary for the Gallery Night Providence board in 2015.

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    Vice President

    Steven Pennell is the URI Providence Campus Coordinator of Urban Arts and Culture. He steps up as Vice President of the Gallery Night Providence board for 2015.



    Ida Schmulowitz is a painter based in Providence, Rhode Island who creates large scale paintings of urban landscapes.

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    Social Media Coordinator

            Gallery Night Social Media Coordinator Richard is frequently seen at Gallery Night, documenting our fabulous event for the Facebook page, our blog, and posting to the website.



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